What do I need?

So you have signed up for the Cotswold Way Challenge, it’s time to start thinking about the kit you will need. Don’t underestimate the importance of your kit; it will support you through many hours of training and the event so you have to get it right.  We will send you a full kit list in our “ Cotswold Way Guide” which will be sent to your email in PDF form 8 weeks before the event. 

However as a general guide here is a kit list you will need…..

  • We strongly suggest you wear a small light rucksack during the run. This should contain your valuable personal items like your mobile phone (for an emergency), wallet or purse etc (you will pass many shops and pubs on route so you need some money). It should also contain your water bottle, some energy snacks, a map and basic first aid kit (for blisters, cuts, bruises etc). You should also carry some extra clothes (waterproof etc).
  • Your running clothes should be soft, comfortable and quick drying. Decide early on what you will wear during the event, and get used to training in the same kit.
  • In your general luggage, you should bring all your normal toiletries (toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, shower gel, deodorant etc). You should also bring toilet paper and a towel as no towels will be provided.
  • Make sure you bring some comfortable shoes to wear at night, flip flops or outdoor slippers are great if your feet are hurting after a hard days running!
  • Have a look at the weather forecast a few days before you arrive, and decide what extra clothes you need for the night time. If the forecast is cold and wet, you will need to bring a waterproof coat and extra changes of clothes for the night times.
  • If you are bringing your own tent, make sure it’s a reasonable size for the amount of people sleeping in it. Make sure your tent has all the parts; it’s no good if the front pole is broken. Also practice putting it up and taking it down before your arrive, there is nothing worse than running all day, being totally exhausted and not knowing how to put up your own tent.
  • Make sure your sleeping bag is a good quality. Your sleep and recovery time is critical for this event, so be as comfortable as possible.
  • Please note, there is a limit on the amount of luggage you can bring. We expect you to be comfortable for this event, but we can’t transport tonnes of equipment. Each participant is allowed one bag only (your sleeping bag needs to fit inside this bag), which should weigh no more than 25kg and should be fully packed and closed (i.e. not have things hanging off the outside of the bag). 25kg is the same weight as most international airlines allow you when going on holiday for 2 weeks, so it should be more than enough for this event.