New Japanese-style team running event launches in Winchcombe

Cotswold Ekiden will see the beauty of the Cotswolds combine with the traditions and culture of Japan to create an event very unique in the UK.

It takes place on Sunday 3rd September in the grounds of Sudeley castle, Winchcombe. Runners will have a beautiful off-road route nestled between the hills to complete. In the event hub there will be Japanese entertainment including the Bristol Taiko drummers. The race will also have a live feed from fixed cameras and a drone so that teams can follow the progress of their runners. Runners all receive a t-shirt, medal and free massage when finished.

Ekiden is a Japanese running relay race that came into being 100 years ago. Today Ekiden is huge in Japan, with the leading runners national heroes and the main races getting national TV coverage. Large Ekiden races take place all over the world from the USA to Europe to Singapore. Ekiden was a traditional method of Japanese mail delivery, with couriers running between mail stations. The idea of the race is that each runner completes the route carrying a tasuki (traditional sash) and then passes it to a team mate who runs the next leg. Ekiden is all about the tasuki. Each team takes great pride in getting it around the course through teamwork, dedication and a sense of community.

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