100 Mile Run – 6 Month Countdown – Advice and Tips

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in News

100 Mile Run Trail Running Cotswold WayHi All!

We are now 6 months out from our next 100 Mile Run Challenge and we hope that your preparations for this year’s event are going well. We’re also hoping that with all the rain we are getting now, by August the skies will be all rained out, leaving nothing but sunshine and blue sky for everyone running in our event.

We would like to remind you to head over to our website to read the training advice written by ultra marathon athlete Darryl Carter. Darryl also holds the current record for completing the Cotswold Way in one go – it took him 20 hours, 36 minutes and 48 seconds. Read his advice and an interview of his journey here – https://www.100milerun.com/training-advice/


Recently on our Facebook page, we asked the competitors from last year’s event to share their tips & advice for those of you training for this year’s event. Here’s what they had to say:

Keith Parkes says: “my advice would be train for hills there are plenty of them lol awesome event well organised except distances between checkpoints was a little off so manage your water and food/refuel well also there are not that many places to get snacks on route i.e small shops. oo did i say train for hills”

Roz Glover says:  “Run loads of off road (hilly) stuff in preparation.. Then relax and enjoy the event and for those from a road running background, best not to stress about your mile splits. I’d also advise trail shoes as both my pairs of Asics 2000 Road shoes split down the side during the course of the event which meant lots of debris got under the soles and into burst blisters etc.”

Dawn Burr says:  “1.train for downhills as much or more than the uphills. 2. Run the course as fast as you can – you need to be back as early as poss to get to the front of the queue for shower/massage/dinner. 3. Don’t drink multiple mugs of tea at breakfast – private bushes are surprisingly scarce. 4. Make bacon and marmalade sandwiches at breakfast to put in your back pack. They’re good (sugar/protein/salt – perfect) the food at the infrequent checkpoints is all very sweet and shops are also infrequent – or off the trail or shut (all day Sunday) 5. Enjoy. It’s a blast.”

Matt Southam says:  “Plan ahead to stay the extra night at the YMCA for the after party! You will be treated to a wicked night out lol. A water bladder (such as camelbak) is essential. Take it easy, run some, walk the hills, and don’t get stuck on your own, because the company is what made it all worth coming back for in 2014!”

We’d like to thank last year’s competitors for sharing their experiences with us. You can read more tips and advice on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/100MileRun


The team at 100 Mile Run are getting very excited for the 2014 Cotswold Way Challenge, and most of all, they look forward to meeting you, and cheering you on along the way. Keep up the hard work!


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