23 Aug

Remarkable Choice Of Distances This Weekend

T184 start at Thames Barrier

It was the contrast in distances available to runners in the south for this weekend that caught our eye at runABC Towers. Starting on Friday (25 August) you can set off for 184 miles along the Thames National Path or you can slake your thirst with a free pint of real ale at the Kings Head Canter 5K on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August). How's that for variety?

T184 Challenge is the innocuous sounding name for one of Britain's toughest ultra endurance events. This fully supported 184 mile race starts at Thames Barrier in London at 10:30am on Friday and must be completed by 6:30pm on Monday. It can be run solo, as a team or relay and competitors witness three sunsets and sunrises along with spectacular views before arriving at the stone marker for the Thames source near Coates in the Cotswolds. There is also a lighter option of 100 miles finishing at The Swan Hotel, Streatley by 6:30pm on Saturday.
Moving down in distance there is the 14th Ridgeway Challenge 86 miles ultra starting on Saturday at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring and finishing at Avebury Stone Circle. The entire route is on the 5,000 year old Ridgeway National Trail, features almost 2,000m of ascent and hosts the 2017 UK Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships.
The Channel Island of Guernsey holds its annual Cannacord Genuity Wealth Management Guernsey Marathon from the waterfront at St. Peter Port on Sunday. The course visits all 10 parishes and for 20 miles there are panoramic coastline views. This is an event steeped in history. The first race was held in 1909 with four competitors, won by Mr T. Becker who was awarded £1 and a silver hot water kettle. His time was a remarkable 3:03:50 on a course that was later found to be 100 yards overdistance! 
Finally, this correspondent can heartily recommend the mad dash between two East Sussex pubs known as Kings Head Canter 5K. The point to point course is undulating but fast on quiet, country lanes and your race number is your passport to a free pint of ale or soft drink at the Kings Head, East Hoathly at the post race BBQ and prize giving. Enjoy!   
As always full details are available in runABC South's comprehensive race listings in association with Sports Tours International. 
Image courtesy T-Series Racing