An ancient challenge: 100km on foot along the oldest path in Britain
The Race to the Stones is a fully supported 100km event following in the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway. Participants will pass Iron Age forts, ancient burial chambers, cross the mighty Thames and the mystical down-lands of Salisbury before the race finishes at the 3,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury, recently named the world’s second best heritage site by Which? Magazine. The event is within easy reach of London and participants will be able to tackle the route non-stop or over two days, choosing to walk or run it at their own pace.
For the 100km non-stop option, it will become one of the few races in the UK that qualifies for 2 North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc points as well as providing a great opportunity to set a qualifying time for entry to the Spartathlon.
Threshold co-founder James Cracknell said: “I have travelled the world in search of races in epic places, and the Ridgeway’s legendary history and great British scenery make it a classic challenge. Passing 5,000 year old burial chambers in the middle of night thinking about the generations who have trodden the route before will be a great experience.”
Designed for every level, from ultra-runners to weekend walkers
The event has been designed to be accessible to everyone – offering an appeal to the growing market of ultra-runners looking to push further than the typical marathon distance, as well as those looking for a sociable challenge they can train for around work. The ultra-runners will have state of the art timing, full medical teams and detailed route information and the course will be fast and ideally suited for those looking to set a PB time. The walkers will have support from the moment they sign up including training plans, kit guides, fundraising tips and everything needed to give them the best chance of finishing.
Option to run it non-stop or walk it over 2 days
Participants can choose to complete the 100km route non-stop by walking into and through the night, or can break it into two days staying at the fully serviced overnight base camp at the halfway point. Or they can choose to just complete one of the 50km days.
Nick Tuppen, Head of Threshold Events said, “There are lots of events out there for the ultra-competitive, but the Race to the Stones allows regular people to line up with the elites and Olympic champions to complete the same challenge. Walking and running are totally accessible as you don’t need lots of expensive kit, and this means everyone can get the same sense of satisfaction on reaching the stone circle in Avebury whether it has taken them 7 or 27 hours to get there.”
Entries open with a discount for groups of 10 or more
People can sign up at the Race to the Stones website: www.racetothestones.com. There are 1,000 places available in year 1 and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more people signing up together until the end of February.
• Race To The Stones non-stop: £119
• Race To The Stones 2 day including overnight camping: £184
• Race To The Stones 2 day excluding overnight camping: £95
• Race To The Stones single day: £49
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