Ancient Trails: Running the Ridgeway

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Ancient Trails: Running the Ridgeway
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This fully-guided and fully-supported adventure takes in a distance of 68km which is split over three days. Running gorgeous trails you'll cover an average distance of 14 miles per day, staying in sweet little hotels just off the trail which makes for a perfect base at the end of each day.
Running the Ridgeway
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Fri, 21 May 2021
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Avebury, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Avebury, Avebury, Marlborough SN8 1RF, UK
Start times
Friday, 21 May 2021
Running the Ridgeway:
9:00 am
Event summary
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Running the Ridgeway
Route information
  • Highlights:
  • Trail running the 64km of the Gorgeous Ridgeway over the course of 3-days
  • Experience a fully-supported trail adventure travelling only with light-packs
  • Run along Britain’s oldest Road, an ancient landscape full of trail adventure
Approximate details:
  • Total Distance: 64 Kilometres
  • Total Running Days: 3 Days
  • Lowest Elevation: 44m
  • Highest Elevation: 269m
  • Elevation Gain: + 570m
What's included
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Fully-supported trail running trip
  • Breakfast and picnic lunches
  • One qualified trail running guides throughout
  • Fully stocked support vehicle throughout
  • 3 Days of Trail Running on exceptional trails
  • Luggage transfer from point to point
  • Aid stations
  • 12-week training plan
  • Running technique and advice from UK qualified coaches
  • Evening running lectures
How to get there
Avebury, Avebury, Marlborough SN8 1RF, UK
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Start: Near Avebury, Marlborough SN8 1RF
Event day logistics
Day 1 - From the Stones to Foxhill
Distance: Approx. 17 Miles (27km)
Time: 3 -4 hours trail running
This morning you start the epic trail journey right by the world-renowned Avebury stone circle.
From here the trail picks up the Ridgeway, climbing gradually towards the Barbury Castle Iron Age fort. This section of the trail is gorgeous to run as you pass Bronze Age burial chambers, surrounded by fields and clumps of trees.
Needless to say the views in either direction are breathtaking as you crest Smeathe’s Ridge on the way to the pretty village of Ogbourne St George.
You'll meet the support vehicle here to top up on nutrition, snacks and to chill before you continue on.
There’s a fairly steep climb to tackle as you head out of the Og Valley as you run along a narrow, tree-lined track before reaching out base for the evening at Foxhill.
The evening is left for you to relax and toast the day over a few drinks in the bar.
Day 2 - Along the Ridgeway
Distance: Approx. 12 miles (19km)
Time: 2 - 3 hours trail running
You'll pick up a real gem today as you run a remoter section of The Ridgeway which gives not only blistering views but also ancient curiosities for you to check out.
Early on the route undulates quite a bit and it’s a little tougher on the legs to begin, although the endless fields which change different colours with the seasons helps to distract the effort.
The route lives up to its name as this stretch has you following relatively narrow tracks, emerging in small villages before the day ends in the pretty market town of Wantage - the birthplace of Alfred the Great.
You have the evening to relax and prepare for the final day on the trail.
Day 3 - Final push to Goring
Distance: Approx. 14.5 miles (23km)
Time: 3 - 4 hours of trail running
Leaving Wantage behind with the final push to Goring you have another stunning day of trail running ahead of you.
The route opens up into a broad track beautifully which makes for lovely running in rolling countryside. The views span all the way to the Thames Valley and on a clear day you can see the Chiltern Hills.
You'llll pass the Baron Wantage monument and beyond Bury Down the route descends towards the historical riverside village of Goring, your finish for the trail weekend.
Arriving into Goring you'll toast the finish and celebrate the journey, finishing up by about 14:00.
Why are groups kept so small?
By splitting the group will allow everyone to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
What will the temperature be like?
You can expect daily temperatures to sit on average of 20 degrees C, however being Britain there is every chance of a hot spell (25 degrees C) or a colder spell (sub-18 degrees C). You should also prepare for the chance of rain and wind, as well as bright sunshine.
Will there be markings on the route too?
The journey will be hosted by one-qualified running guide, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections every effort will be made to way-mark the route.
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