Cotswold Ekiden
3rd September 2017

Cotswold Ekiden is a relay race through beautiful English countryside in the grounds of Sudeley Castle with each team member running 5.5km on an undulating multi-terrain course. The difference between an Ekiden and a conventional relay race is that a sash called a tasuki is used instead of a baton.

In Japan in the olden days, items and messages were moved long distances using a relay system and ‘stations’ where the item or message could be exchanged or left for pick up by the next messenger. Ekiden races were formed to honour this age old tradition and instead of transporting an item or message the tasuki was used. This sash is worn by the runner and handed over at each changeover, with the runner typically winding it around their hand as they get closer to the handover point to make the transition easier. Whilst it does the same job as the more familiar baton used in relay races it means so much more to the runner as it represents the honour of the team and more importantly the club, university, business or region that the team represents. This is a different kind of team building event from the usual and really brings out the team spirit in people as they encourage their team mates along.

Feature List

  • Discount for parkrun runners
  • Medal
  • T-shirt
  • Free Parking
  • Free Raceday Massages
  • Plenty of Free Toilets
  • Event Hub Entertainment
  • £11 Affiliated and Parkrun
  • £13 Non-affiliated

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Race Photos

Photos from the 2017 Cotswold Ekiden are available here

Race Results

Thanks to everyone who came, ran, marshalled, held tents down, and generally supported us for our inaugoral race, we literally couldn't have done it without you. Please find the results here

Evesham Self Drive

We are happy to announce that Evesham Self Drive will be supporting all our transport needs for Cotswold Ekiden. They do vans, cars and minibuses. Check out all the services they offer at their website

Miniyaki's - Japanese Street Food

We are happy to announce that Miniyaki's will be one of the food vendors serving up genuine Japanese street food at the event hub.

Free Sports Massage for Runners

On race day the University of Worcester will be providing free sports massages to runners. Check out their courses and more at the link above

RnR Pursuits races next year

Next year, along with organising the Cotswold Ekiden again, we will also be organising an ultra running race and expanding our Ekidens' with longer distances and new locations. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter or sign up below to receive emails with our latest updates

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R&R Pursuits was set up in 2016 after lifelong friends Rich and Rob finally came up with an idea to provide something different in the UK running race calendar. Having completed a lot of outdoor events between us from straight running races to multi-day hikes and obstacle course races we have had a lot of experience from an end user point of view and felt the only thing we need to create a fun, satisfying event was the concept. Rich's love of running and Rob's love of Japan meant that organising Ekiden events was always going to be the perfect idea.