Race to the Stones

Event: Race to the Stones
Date: 16/17th July 2016
Location: Lewknor to Avebury
Distance: 100k


Race to the Stones

Four Striders took part in the Race to the Stones 100k ultra challenge, two of them choosing to do the distance non stop and two of them choosing the two day option. The event takes the runners along The Ridgeway, taking in breath-taking scenery and famous landmarks along what is described as Britain’s oldest road, running from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs.

Race to the Stones

Andy Baptie and Rachel Ward took on the 2 day challenge of covering 100km over 2 days; Andy and Rachel came over the line hand in hand in a time of 14hrs 29mins 6secs placing them 116/117 out of 638 entrants. Stuart Bing and James Pamplin completed the 100k nonstop event also putting in the same time of 20hrs 36mins 42secs. Full Results.

The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers, Roman river crossings and culminates in the largest neolithic stone circle complex in Europe at Avebury. When you travel its length you can understand why people have trodden this path for so long. It is truly beautiful.

The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields of wheat before the iconic finish where you will walk between the towering standing stones of Avebury. It is also one of the most accessible long distance routes as it is just over an hour outside London and so the challenge you can focus on is the 100km, not a 9-hour drive to the middle of nowhere to get there!


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