K&D Runners for the Cotswold Hilly 100

Hilly 100 – Sunday 12th May

Following on from the fantastic running at the Midlands Road Relays, I wanted to share another relay race that we’ve been interested in running for a while now. I know some of us are mad enough to run 100 mile races (well maybe only Kev, Max or Mary), but don’t worry the Hilly 100 is a relay race of approximately 10 miles per leg and is open to all abilities.

There are options for Mens, Ladies and Mixed teams and therefore at this stage it would be useful to understand interest so we can enter the right amount of teams ahead of the deadline of 19th April.

The club will look to cover the cost of entering this race, so it is a great way to try something different and run through the rural countryside of Stratford and the Cotswolds.

Some further details can be found at the Stratford AC website here and are below.

If you are interested in running, please email your confirmation by 14th April to kdrunningclub@gmail.com

All the best

aka the 2nd best runner in the Sharp household

Race Information

The Cotswold Hilly 100 is a 100 mile road relay race that is divided into 10 legs each of approx 10 miles. The race starts at the American Fountain, Market Square in Stratford upon Avon and finishes at the Stratford Sports Club and follows a route of mainly minor roads that meanders through the Cotswolds. 

The race has been held for over 25 years and whilst there have been minor tweaks to improve the safety of the runners the overall route is largely unchanged. A link to the map of this years course is here. As the name suggests there are a number of ‘undulations’ throughout the route as the race profile shows.

The course record is held by Massey Ferguson Running Club. In 1989 they ran a combined overall time of 9 hours 24 mins. 

Teams start at either 5am, 6am or 7am depending on their predicted overall time with a view to finishing at c 6pm – 7pm. To assist teams in ensuring that they finish at a reasonable time there is the option of the ‘mass start’ option. This involves the Leg 8 runners starting at 1.00pm and the last 3 legs completing the race. The time of the Leg 7 runner completing their leg will be recorded so that the overall team race time can be calculated.

There is a Shield for the 1st Mens Team, 1st Ladies team, 1st ‘B’ Team and 1st Mixed Team.

However, it is the club spirit this race generates that is the main attraction. Teams are responsible for supporting each runner on their leg (e.g. marshaling and first aid as required) and ensuring a successful handover at the end of each leg creates some logistical challenges. Despite the best laid plans its not unknown for runners to lose their way or to have to continue onto the following leg because their colleague hasn’t arrived!