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Dixon Carphone Race to the Stones

13-Jul-2019 Lewknor, Watlington, Oxfordshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
100KM / 62Miles
2 Days

Alternate Distances: 50KM/31M 50KM/31M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

This is a 100km fully supported race along the oldest path in Britain, the Ridgeway. The start line is in Oxfordshire and the finish line is next to the Avebury Stone circle, a Neolithic monument 5000 years old.

It has two categories: non-stop and 1 or 2-day stages. The 100km non-stop has a cut-off time of 36 hours.

The route to the Avebury Stone circle, the largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe, crosses Lewknor, Goring and the North Wessex Downs. Along the way participants run past Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings.

The registration pack includes: race number, luggage label, wristband and timing chip. The route is mapped and signposted, and pit stops can be found approximately every 10km.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Cathie p

10:42 17-07-18

First ultra 100k over 2 days Varied terrain beautiful views great organisation fantastic support great pit stops and good selection of food wonderful crew

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Philly72

08:38 17-07-18

First ever ultra, non stop 100K along the ridgeway. What a choice, beautiful scenery, amazing support by both fellow runners and the great organisation and pit stop drinks, food and nutrition products. The volunteers were amazing, looking after everyone and making sure the spirits and health were in order, especially important due to the 25+ heat. Great event, thought it would be my first and last ultra, bar here I am looking at what next :-)

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Kit Fisto

08:05 15-07-18

2018
14th July, 25+ degrees in the shade and 100Km along The Ridgeway- some choice for a first ultra!
This must be som of the best countryside in the UK and stunning views along what was the hardest Event I’ve done. Energy-sappy g temperatures would have done for most of us without the fabulous support along the route with 9 pit-stops to cool down and recover.
Still got heat-stroke after the finish but wouldn’t have missed it for the world
Fantastic race, brilliantly organised and supported!

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run2be

12:21 02-10-17

This was my second year of Race to the Stones, so I pretty much knew what to expect. And I wasn't disappointed. It's an awesome run through some of the most bee-a-uu-tiful countryside that is the Ridgeway. Fields, forests, trails, towns, hill forts, chalk valleys. It all helps to ease the pain. Great organisation. Well stocked and friendly CPs. What is there not to love about this race?

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awv

10:44 10-08-17

A very well organised race with extremely easy registration, well-stocked aid stations (including portable toilets!) and amazing volunteers. I'd highly recommend this race for those looking for their first 100K race or those looking for a fast time.

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Julesb1

09:21 02-08-17

Excellent organisation by very capable and experienced organisers. This is an average toughness, but the fact it is 100km makes it just a little more challenging on the body. The pit stops and crew are fantastic. If you are to do any ultra in the uk then do this one. I will be back for more next time....

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Gjungfrauh

10:19 31-07-17

It was my first ultra so I wanted to focus on trying to do the distance and so wanted the event to be well organised and well sign posted. Signposting was the best of any event I've ever done - it must be almost impossible to get lost. Aid stations are well placed, well stocked and super friendly. The course is lovely - first half a harder than second half, which is more undulating. I wore cross over road/trail shoes and was lucky it didn't rain - I'll wear a more robust trail shoe next year. I'll also learn to pace it back A LOT more in the first half. Doh - rooky error. I'm still getting into ultras but I can't really see how I could have started with a better event. Agree with the huge thank you below to pit stop crews - all of them were excellent - well informed and clear without being officious (as they are at some events). Will definitely do again next year.

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Gjungfrauh

10:19 31-07-17

It was my first ultra so I wanted to focus on trying to do the distance and so wanted the event to be well organised and well sign posted. Signposting was the best of any event I've ever done - it must be almost impossible to get lost. Aid stations are well placed, well stocked and super friendly. The course is lovely - first half a harder than second half, which is more undulating. I wore cross over road/trail shoes and was lucky it didn't rain - I'll wear a more robust trail shoe next year. I'll also learn to pace it back A LOT more in the first half. Doh - rooky error. I'm still getting into ultras but I can't really see how I could have started with a better event. Agree with the huge thank you below to pit stop crews - all of them were excellent - well informed and clear without being officious (as they are at some events). Will definitely do again next year.

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Gjungfrauh

10:19 31-07-17

It was my first ultra so I wanted to focus on trying to do the distance and so wanted the event to be well organised and well sign posted. Signposting was the best of any event I've ever done - it must be almost impossible to get lost. Aid stations are well placed, well stocked and super friendly. The course is lovely - first half a harder than second half, which is more undulating. I wore cross over road/trail shoes and was lucky it didn't rain - I'll wear a more robust trail shoe next year. I'll also learn to pace it back A LOT more in the first half. Doh - rooky error. I'm still getting into ultras but I can't really see how I could have started with a better event. Agree with the huge thank you below to pit stop crews - all of them were excellent - well informed and clear without being officious (as they are at some events). Will definitely do again next year.

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brendonpetsch

07:45 31-07-17

This was my first ultra (did the 100km non-stop run), so didn't really know what to expect. It was a pretty tough run with some serious hills but some amazing rewarding scenery too. The route is very well marked with the red arrows seldom out of your sight at any time.
The entire event is so well organised from the first time you sign up right through the whole day which ran like clock-work from start to finish. The pit-stops far exceeded my expectations with a massive selection of food and drinks available. The staff at the pit-stops for me are the real unsung heroes. They have a really long day (or two) working, yet do it with smiles on their faces and so much enthusiasm which is really motivating and makes a big difference, so a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you!
A word of warning to anyone doing it next year, the last 3km are a killer. You actually run past the gate going to the finish, so you can run around the stones and loop back on yourself, pure torture!!
Other than that, the day was faultless and thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend it to anyone. Sign me up for the next Threshold event!

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