Diamond Way Relay

 

The Diamond Way Relay is an off-road team event starting and finishing in Moreton on the marsh. The Diamond Way explores some of the best countryside of the north Cotswolds. The route is 60 miles long and roughly a diamond shape, bounded in the north by Ebrington, in the east by Oddington, in the south by Northleach and in the west by Guiting Power. No part of the route is further than 11 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold.

This VIRTUAL relay race is being run for the first time this year so why not give it a go?!

  • Runners can run their leg of the DWR any time during the month of September

  • Legs will preferably be tracked and timed using a Garmin or Strava type app

  • We would like clubs to enter teams by completing the form (link) and emailing the completed form to cirencesterathletics@gmail.com the deadline for this is 20th September

  • The price per runner is £5 (so £30 for one team) a proportion of this will be given to a chosen charity

  • There will be prizes awarded for the winning teams

There are a total of 6 separate legs. 

Stage 1 - Moreton in the Marsh to Bledington - 16.6km - ascent 183m - MAP - GPX
 

Stage 2 - Bledington to Clapton on the Hill - 15.4km - ascent 304m - MAP - GPX
 

Stage 3 - Clapton on the Hill to Notgrove - 20km - ascent 442m - MAP - GPX
 

Stage 4 - Notgrove to Ford - 13.5km - ascent 292m - MAP - GPX
 

Stage 5 - Ford to Blockley - 15.7km - ascent 265m - MAP - GPX
 

Stage 6 - Blockley to Moreton in the Marsh - 22.6km - ascent 373m - MAP - GPX
 

 

For any enquiries, please email cirencesterathletics@gmail.com 

Rules

ROUTE FINDING

The course is waymarked and must be adhered to (Runners will NOT be disqualified for accidentally deviating from the route, however, if it is judged that a runner has gained an advantage from not following the route their team may be penalised.) There are GPX files that can be download from above but we highly recommend these are not relied on alone and that runners should recce the route first and carry a map and compass with them. 

 

There will be no special route markings for the event. Runners will have to rely on existing national trail and footpath signs. Not all sections are well signed and it is the responsibility of the runner to follow the correct course, so a recce of the leg is advised. Runners crossroads at their own risk, and are alone responsible for their own safety.

Teams

There are 6 separate legs. Each team will have no more than 6 runners and each runner runs one leg only.  Each club can enter an unlimited number of teams.

All runners should be aged 18 years or older on the day they run their leg.  The race is open to attached and unattached runners.

In this first year, there are 3 categories: Male, Female and Mixed. Each mixed team must have a minimum of 2 ladies/men.  Each team should have a designated captain who is responsible for emailing their teams results to cirencesterathletics@gmail.com  on completion of all 6 stages.

This email must contain a list of the runner's names, age, gender and leg time and if possible a screenshot of their garmin/strava page for the leg they ran.

Social Distancing 

Please observe all the current social distancing government recommendations. For the latest details on social distancing in the great outdoors see gov link - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely

We recommend you choose an off-peak day and time to run as this will mean fewer people to come in contact with and lower your chances of having to run through the heat of the day. Please remember if you approach people at speed from behind to give ample warning and give wide/courteous space when passing. Gates and stiles can be potential sources of hand infection so if possible try to use no-touch techniques and consider hand sanitiser before and after the run.  

Please also consult the latest government guidelines on transport when considering getting to and from the start and end of the legs. People may opt to be dropped off and picked up by family or bubble members. They could choose to get back to a start by bicycle or taxi or even walk. 

Car sharing should be within guidelines.