for better mental health

Race to the Tower 2019

Conquer the Cotswolds. Take on the Tower. Whether you choose to take on the distance in one day, or stay overnight in the pre-erected base camp, this 52.4 mile double marathon through the heart of the idyllic Cotswolds will be unrelentingly beautiful and unforgettably challenging.

08 June 2019

09 June 2019

Fundraising Target
We ask that you pledge to raise over £400, this is not a strict minimum requirement

Registration Fee
£39 for one day or £59 for two days

Minimum Age
Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

52.4 miles

Starting Point
Whiteshill, Cotswold National Park

About the event

Are you looking for an Ultra-challenge? This 52.4 mile ultramarathon will take you through the stunning scenery of the Cotswold national park.

Walking or running, you can go flat out and do it in a day (£39) or do it in two days, spending a night in the amazing Heineken base camp (£59).

Take on this inspiring challenge, and take in some stunning scenery - all while supporting people experiencing mental health problems.

Picture of a map, showing the route of Heineken Race to the Tower 2019. The route begins at Whiteshill and ends at Broadway Tower, passing the Devil's Chimney, Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and Shenberrow Hill

What support will I get?

On route provision:

  • On route navigational support
  • On route medical support
  • FREE event photos throughout the race
  • Event timing
  • Pit stops with toilets, food, drinks, sports nutrition (i.e. gels and isotonic drinks)
  • Fully signed route
  • Bag transport to the finish for all participants
  • Map book with information about the route, views and landmarks
  • A hot meal for all participants at our halfway base camp

At the basecamp:

  • 2-course evening meal
  • Tented accommodation, with an inflatable mat
  • Hot showers
  • Massage
  • Medical support
  • Access to basecamp bars and concessions
  • Evening chill-out area
  • A hearty breakfast to get you ready for the remaining 26.2 miles

Find more information  about what's included on the Race to the Tower website.

Any questions?

Find out more about the route, support, and hospitality at

Trekking to recovery - Angela's story

"Although our experiences were all very different, every single person on the trek had been touched in some way by mental health problems. This brought us together in a really special way, and that stayed with us through the whole trip. That willingness to share experiences, and to reach out to someone in need, even if we were struggling ourselves, was just amazing."

Read Angela's story

Where does the money go?

1 in 4

people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year


queries answered by our helplines in 2018/19.


people accessed our information in 2018/2019

You can find out more about our work in the 2016/17 annual review

and more about our finances in our 2016/17 annual accounts

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