Cotswold Way
Ultra Challenge®

22/23 June 2024

Join your colleagues in the Trust Payments team for a challenge through the heart of the Cotswolds, in support of Mind! You have the opportunity to take part in the annual ‘Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge’ with the rolling hills, villages, footpaths and trails providing a stunning setting for your. You will be taking on the full 100km challenge over 2 days.

Starting at the Cirencester Basecamp, where we have accommodation on the Friday night, we will take on the first half of the challenge on the Saturday, heading up through the beautiful countryside to Edgeworth Polo Club and then onto Painswick RFC for some rest and re-fuelling at both. Then with plenty of ascents and descents, totalling 1600m of climb, the route reaches Half-way point in Wotton-under-Edge where we will camp for the night (don’t worry, your tent, sleeping mat and meals are all included!). The second half on Sunday will take you through Hawkesbury and Beaufort Polo Club. Then after a rest, its back through the beautiful hills of the Cotswolds where the finish line in Cirencester sees you complete the loop on the Sunday afternoon!

See below for more details – and please sign up to the events via the links on this page.

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages – and the UK’s #1 series of treks & trail runs. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 16 events in the Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key, and from the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App – with training guides, optional training walks, maps, online forums, and the latest news & updates.

Rest Stops every ~12.5 km with ‘major’ ones every ~25 km, and are much more than the shaky gazebo with water that you see on some events. We’ve marquee cover, large medical & welfare tents, catering services, seating areas for recovery, changing rooms, and a friendly welcome!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops. New for 2022 – there’s also the option to hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key. We pride ourselves on the quantity & quality of our catering, and whichever distance you are on – meals, snacks & drinks are included – so no need to carry much!

  • Snacks & drink stops every 12.5 km
  • Snacks – from the healthy to treats
  • Main meals every 25 km
  • Energy drinks
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • Finishers meal

We generally have a ~50 km campsite for rest & sleep if you’re on the 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, or if you finish / start a 50 km ‘half’ Challenge. Book an inclusive package or ‘pitch your own’ – there’re showers and chill out areas.

We’ve experienced Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists, and Massage Teams at Rest Stops. There’re ‘Self Help’ areas with blister plasters, talc, Vaseline, and tape if you want to patch your own feet. Our mobile Emergency Medical Teams are only a phone call away, via our 24 hour Control Room

We don’t want you to forget that finish-line moment – our Cheer Squad will ensure you won’t! You’ll get a medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and a glass of fizz, before heading to a finishers meal and a well earned rest. Download your official Challenge certificate when you’re ready.

There’re shuttles to local train stations for onward travel, and most finish lines have parking so supporters can meet you. We’ve bus ‘transfers’ to / back to key venues (eg the start) – and check out the ‘Bookable Extras’ for details of all transport options.

100 km over 2 days, with optional camping packages at half way – or book a hotel / B&B – and rest!

Day 1 – Cirencester > Wotton 

  • Saturday 22 June 2024
  • Start – Cirencester
  • 53 km & ~1600m climb 
  • Finish – Wotton-under-Edge
  • Optional camping package
 

Day 2 – Wotton > Cirencester

  • Sunday 23 June 2024
  • Start – Wotton-under-Edge
  • 47 km & ~650m climb 
  • Finish – Cirencester basecamp

 

Rest Stops every 10-15 km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 24 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 53 km – hot meal
  • 78 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/ hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz,

Our teams start time will be around 0800 on Saturday 22 June from the Cirencester basecamp – and we will need to be there approx. 1 hour before the official start to register – then have a pre challenge cup of tea / coffee and soak up the atmosphere!

There’s a full range of ‘Optional Extras’ – with parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit.

Your booking includes parking at the Cirencester  basecamp, plus Friday night accommodation in “uni-style” halls, Saturday “all-inclusive” camping at the halfway point, plus a baggage transfer to get your bags to the halfway point, and back to the finish line.

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Join us! – Whether you’re a walker and new to challenge events, an experienced trekker, a social jogger, or an experienced runner – there’s a challenge here for you! Go at your pace, as part of our Team. The Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in stunning English countryside. It will be a memorable weekend in the beautiful Cotswold and not one to miss! – Trust Payments are covering the cost of your entry onto the Challenge.

How to Join

You’ll need to fill in the online from – both Trust Payments staff and clients can sign up for the challenge. These are clearly isgnposted below.

Bookable extras (to help with your event logistics) will be booked as a group through your event coordinator.

Ready for a challenege?

TRUST PAYMENTS STAFF - REGISTER BELOW

Sign up for £50, and Trust Payments will cover the other half of your entry fee, Sign-up using the link below. Once registered you will receive a Confirmation Email – this will give details of how to access the Event App (with lots of info & updates). Parking, accommodation and camping is all included.

CLIENT REGISTRATION

Trust Payments clients can also join this challenge, with the full entry fee covered, by clicking the link below. Parking, accommodation and camping is all included.

FUNDRAISING FOR MIND

As part of your Challenge you will be supporting Mind – If you follow the link below you can create/access your JustGiving page to get started!

EVENT WEBSITE

Visit the ULTRA CHALLENGE website. YOU MUST return to this page to sign up.

EVENT FACTSHEET

All you need to know about the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge.

PARTICIPANT AREA

Information & advice for ALL participants taking on the Challenge

16 Amazing Challenges

Over 200,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, and the 16 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs – which have also raised £50+ million for charities. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and Push Yourself Further! Whoever you are – If you’re up for a challenge, it has to be an Ultra Challenge!

Map

Lake District Ultra Challenge

8-9 June 2024

100 km loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & Ambleside 10K

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Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge

5-6 May 2024

106 km ‘Full Island’ Loop + Half & Quarter Island options.

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London 2 Brighton Ultra Challenge

25-26 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge distance options

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South Coast Ultra Challenge

7-8 Sept 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options

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Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

18-19 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options AND Marathon + Double Marathon & Bridport 10K

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Thames Path Ultra Challenge

14 – 15 Sept 2024

100 km + 3/4 + Half & Quarter Challenge options

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek (Sat – Central London)

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk (Central London)

+ The Henley 10K (Sunday)

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South West Coast 50 Ultra Challenge

3 August 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10 km Challenge options

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Peak District Ultra Challenge

6-7 July 2024

100 km Loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & The Bakewell 10 Mile. 

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Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge

22 – 23 June 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options.

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Chiltern 50 Ultra Challenge

28 Sept 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10K Challenge options

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North Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

27 July 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10km Challenge options.

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Easter 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 April 2025

Windsor

50 km, 25 km, 0r 10 km Loops 

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London Summer Walk

Sat 24 August 2024

25 KM or 10 KM looped route – Woolwich Start / Finish

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London Halloween Walk

Sat 26 October 2024

25 KM or 10 KM spooky looped route options. Start / finish – The Oval Cricket Ground ‘dungeon’,

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NEW – Kent Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 October 2024

50 KM, 25 KM or 10 KM looped routes options. Start / finish – The Kent Showground nr. Maidstone.

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