Popular with runners and walkers alike, Stonehenge Stomp has been kickstarting annual sporting diaries in the south-west for many years. Although there was some concern the event would not continue, the great news is the Stomp will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday 28 January 2018.
Previously run by Amesbury Walkers, next year's event will be organised by City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club (CoSARC), with assistance from the original team, starting as ever at Amesbury Sports Centre in Wiltshire.
The plan is for Stonehenge Stomp to continue in its current format: a long-distance walk that's also open to runners, using the same routes and distances, with cards to stamp on the way and sew-on badges to all finishers. The change in organisation has the blessing of Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) and British Walking Federation, with whom CoSARC will affiliate.
This year, 583 people completed one of the four distances on offer, ranging from 10k to 40k, with the most popular being 20k with 217 participants in 2017. Plans for 2018 will include a bespoke 30th anniversary badge.
“We all love the Stomp and many of us have been doing it for years - it's something to look forward to after Christmas,” says the Stomp Committee at CoSARC. “We have been working closely with Teresa and Keith at Amesbury Walkers, who have very kindly agreed to work with us to save the event and ensure the transition of the Stomp to CoSARC goes smoothly. We do want to stress that we intend to stick as closely as we can to the original format and that walkers, runners and dog-walkers are all equally welcome, as before.”
CoSARC are currently finalising the details and setting up a brand new, dedicated website. So keep the date free and get ready to celebrate 30 years of Stomping.
Images courtesy Stonehenge Stomp and Elizabeth Roberts