Around 2,500 men and women will run, jog or walk 100km along the Ridgeway from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire in the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones this weekend. The Ridgeway is the oldest path in the UK stretching back over 5,000 years, has breathtaking views and is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings.
The UK’s most popular ultra-marathon is for people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Some will take the course non-stop, while others will stay overnight at the half way base-camp. The long distance challenge is organised by Threshold Sports, whose motto is ‘More is in You’. The route is fully supported, with regular pit stops, delicious food and medical attention.
The course record was set last year by 2:17 marathon runner Tom Payn, 35, of Run Fast, who finished in 8 hours and 20 minutes. Sarah Morwood, 32, of Bere Alston, won the women’s race in a new record 9hrs 14mins. Sarah said: “It was a brilliant day, absolutely fantastic! I’m so glad I did it. Everything was perfect – apart from the head wind. Everyone was so nice and the support and the atmosphere were amazing. It’s a beautiful route and there were times when we were so high up I felt like I’d stopped running and started flying.”
Julian Mack, CEO of Threshold Sports, which organises the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones, says: “Everyone can take Race to the Stones at their own time in their own way to suit them, which means that the field is made up of a huge mix of people running and walking for lots of different, but often inspiring, reasons. There’s a great atmosphere and the route is stunning, with views that push you to go further. All of this makes Race to the Stones a really unique event.”
Although places for this weekend’s challenge were snapped up long ago you can still follow the action as it unfolds on the live event page or enter next year’s event on 15-16 July 2017.