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Dixons Carphone Race To The Stones

Sat 13th Jul 2019
4 Cuxham Rd, Watlington OX49 5JW, UK

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Tickets £69–£199

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  • 200 participants

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The Race to the Stones is a 100K fully supported run/walk, all the way from Oxfordshire to the neolithic monument in Avebury. You can break it into two days with an overnight stop at our basecamp, or the more extreme can take it on in one go!

Distances in this event

  1. 100K Non-Stop

    Run 100km
    7:30am Sat 13th Jul 2019
    £134
    Tickets available
  2. Weekender

    Run 100km
    7:30am Sat 13th Jul 2019
    £199
    Tickets available
  3. Day 1 (50km only)

    Run 50km
    7:30am Sat 13th Jul 2019
    £69–£149
    Tickets available
  4. Day 2 (50km only)

    Run 50km
    6:00am Sun 14th Jul 2019
    £69–£149
    Tickets available

Route info

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What’s Included
  • Training programme for the race for both runners and walkers.
  • Plenty of advice to help you enjoy the race to the fullest.
  • Our team on hand to provide any assistance you may require.
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Course Details

The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields before the iconic finish where you’ll walk between the towering stones of Avebury.

What is the cut off time?

For those on the Non-Stop package the route is open from 7:30am Saturday 13th July until 8:00pm Sunday 14th July

For those on the Weekender or 1-Day packages the route is open from 7:30am until 10:00pm Saturday 13th July, and 6:00am until 8:00pm Sunday 14th July.

PLEASE NOTE: Each pit-stop will have a cut off time (determined closer to the start of the event). If you miss the cut off time, regardless of the route opening times, you will be liable for disqualification.

Important Information

  • Total distance – 100km
  • Total climb – 3,704ft.
  • Day 1 distance – 51km
  • Day 1 total climb – 1,973ft.
  • Day 2 distance – 49km
  • Day 2 total climb – 1,731ft
  • Field of Dreams’

    One of the true highlights – fondly coined the ‘field of dreams’ by participants, and when you get there you’ll see why. This is a crop field that surprises us every year by blooming with different colours. After weaving your way through the woodlands, this is a breath-taking sight to come out to. It’s definitely one of those moments to stop to take in the incredible view. A firm favourite and a great photo opportunity.

    The White Horse at Uffington

    The White Horse is a highly stylized prehistoric hill figure, 110m long formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is believed to date to the Iron Age or the late Bronze Age based on the similarity of the horse’s design to comparable figures in Celtic art. It was confirmed following an excavation where deposits of fine silt removed from the horse’s ‘beak’ were scientifically dated to the late Bronze Age.

    Avebury Stone Circle

    Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Ridgeway. This is the largest stone circle in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The immense task of constructing this site spanned about 500 years, starting around 2500BC. The irregularly shaped stones come from Marlborough Downs, a few miles from where they were set up in the henge, and were transported here with great effort though it’s still unclear why.

    Raceday Logistics

    Start address Field Farm, Shirburn Road, Lewknor, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5RR

    Basecamp (midway point and Day 2 start) – Lattin Down Kiln, The Ridgeway, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PA

    Finish address Rutland Farm, Avebury, SN8 1RH

    Those being dropped off at the event can do so in our designated drop off zone. As long as they don't wait longer than 30 minutes here, they'll have the chance to see you head off

    In order to avoid congestion, runners will be set off in waves. Runners may start any time from 7:30 to 9:00. Faster runners will set off earlier.

    If desired, you can alter the wave you selected in your entry form. This must be sent via email no later than one month prior to the event start date. Remember, if you want to compete for a race trophy (and first place!) you must set off in the very first wave group - Group A.

    Sunday participants set off any time from 6am to 7am.

    Travel

    For those driving to the event, parking can be booked for a small extra fee. Stay up to date with the monthly emails sent out to book this - we'll let you know when this is available. Moreover, shuttles can also be booked if more convenient.

    Kit List

    The most vital piece of kit for this race is undoubtedly a hard wearing pair of trail trainers or boots - make sure you've broken them in before the race! Equally as important are a good pair of socks that fit snugly inside your chosen footwear. Materials such as merino wool are a good bet.

    Remember to pack layers to take with you - at this time of year weather on the Ridgeway can range from scorching hot to huge downpours, so don't get caught out. A more detailed kit list will be sent out before race takes place.

    Spectators

    Spectators are more than welcome to come along and cheer competitors. We only ask that they stay clear of pit stops as these are just for participants.

    FAQs

    How do I get my race pack?

    You will receive your race pack in the post in advance of the event. This was new for our 2018 event, in order to give you as much time as possible to prepare for the big challenge.

    Please note, if you are travelling from overseas, you will not receive your pack in the post and you will need to pick it up from the registration desk on the day. This is also the case for anyone who registers after 9am on 17th June.

    The race pack will include your bib number with safety pins, a luggage label and your participant wristband.

    If you have any questions about your pack, please head to the Info Desk on the day of the event.

    Will my bags be transported for me?
    Your bags will be transported from the start to the finish point each day. If you are doing the event over 2 days you will collect your bags from the basecamp and then drop them back the following morning for them to be taken to the finish.

    If you are doing the 100km non-stop your bags will go directly from the start to the finish. There is no option for you sending your bag to basecamp, please accept our apologies for this.

    Am I allowed to bring my dog?
    Dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the route as part of the event, due to the volume of people on the trail and the challenging nature of the course. Participants will do a lot of training in the run up to the event, and we cannot ensure that dogs have the stamina to complete the route or be responsible for them. Dogs are only allowed on certain basecamps due to the health and safety regulations on the farms, so please email us directly if you would like to find out which basecamps they will be able to

    Will there be live tracking on the event?
    No, you cannot be live tracked through the event. We would recommend using a tracker app if your friends and family want to keep track of your progress.

    Will there be medical support on the route? Do I need to bring a first aid kit?
    We will have medics out on the route to help with any significant issues, but we do ask all participants to bring a small first aid kit to be able to deal with their own minor issues e.g. blisters, chafing.

    N.B. 50km/100km on foot is extremely hard on your feet, it is fair to expect the odd blister, please bring appropriate strapping or blister plasters to alleviate these problems.

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    Reviews (3)

    5 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2017

      It's a truly world class event and a very accessible ultra. It has some of the most friendly and helpful aid stations I've ever seen
    • Did the Weekender in 2017

      It was my first ultra event and I had a great time.
    • Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2015

      Was my first Ultra and an awesome race to get going on. Marshalls were fantastic and a really great atmosphere all the way round. It can get pretty hot and exposed. Tip: Walk up pretty much all the hills, event the guys right at the front do it

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