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Conquer 100km along the oldest path in Britain, The Ridgeway, and finish at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle.

Review summary

4.8
110 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Tom C
"Fantastic course, brilliantly organised and great pit stops and support. What..."

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Carolyn I
"Everything about the event was brilliant, the only recommendation is have..."

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Ann G
"Did this last year, enjoyed it so much thought I'd do it again! Enjoyment is..."
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Distances in this event

  1. 100K Non-Stop

    Run 100km
    £129
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  2. Weekender

    Run 100km
    £114–£194
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    • Standard Entry (inc. camping, dinner and breakfast)

      £194
      Expires
    • Standard Entry

      £114
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  3. Day 1 – Saturday

    Run 50km
    £64–£149
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    • Standard Entry

      £64
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    • Standard Entry (inc. camping, dinner and breakfast)

      £149
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  4. Day 2 – Sunday

    Run 50km
    £64–£144
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    • Standard Entry

      £64
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    • Standard Entry (inc. camping, dinner and breakfast)

      £144
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Event details

  • Trails
  • Mixed
  • Undulating
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Race packs are posted
  • 2500 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Run, jog or walk your way across the ultimate 100km adventure!

Our award-winning endurance event is back and ready for action. With its incredible scenery, challenging route and second-to-none support, Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is the premier ultra marathon event.

The Ridgeway offers something very special. Lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, you will step in the same footsteps as travellers who lived over 5,000 years ago. All you need to decide is whether to take it on without stopping or go for the two-day weekend option.

Just like the Romans thousands of years ago, have you got what it takes to conquer the 100km trail?

Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones route

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What’s Included
    We will do everything we can to help you succeed in completing your journey with us. From the second you sign up to take on this impressive challenge, we will be on hand to help you with all of your needs, whether that’s providing training plans or helping you out on the trails, we believe our duty of care to you extends way beyond the event day itself.

    PRE-EVENT:

    Training programme tailored for whether you are a runner or walker and on the distance you plan to achieve
    All the information you will need about the event emailed straight to you in the build-up to the race
    Special offers from our event partners and suppliers
    Advice on how to get the best out of the event including preparation tips, guides and all essential information
    Event team on hand to answer all of your questions

    ON EVENT:

    Fully-signposted route
    Loaded pit stops
    On route medical support
    Event timing from Results Base
    Finisher's medal
    Bag transport to the finish for all participants
    Map book with information about the route, views and landmarks

    BASECAMP:

    2-course meal
    Yoga sessions
    Optional glamping
    Relax and recharge area
    Hot showers
    Massage
    Access to basecamp bars and concessions

    PIT STOPS:

    Sports nutrition and hydration from High5
    Medical support
    Toilets
    Food and drinks
    Water fill-up points
    Rest areas
    MEDICAL:

    Team of basecamp doctors
    Paramedics out on the route
    Medics located at pit stops
    Massage therapists at basecamp
Course Details
WEEKENDER ROUTE:

The ultimate weekend exploring the Ridgeway with a relaxing and rejuvenating halfway basecamp to enjoy with your friends.

Route: Lewknor to Avebury
Distance: 100km
Elevation: 3,704ft

Recognised as the oldest path in Britain, the route takes you on a journey along the iconic Ridgeway. Stopping overnight at our half way point, you can rest up and get ready to head back out on to the trails the following day.

Stretching back through the generations for 5,000 years, this route is bursting with history at every twist and turn. From Bronze Age Hill Forts to Roman river crossings, we invite you to walk through the ages with us along this Stones Trail.

NON-STOP ROUTE:

100km past bronze age forts, along an historic path and through the ancient Avebury Stone Circle.

Route: Lewknor to Avebury
Distance: 100km
Elevation: 3,704ft

Setting off from Lewknor in Oxfordshire, you will venture into the North Wessex Downs wandering through golden corn, vast fields and stunning countryside as far as the eye can see.

From the Uffington White Horse to Liddington Castle, your journey promises to be rich in both history and breathtaking scenery. Trekking through the day and night, it is a true test of endurance to see if you can triumph the trails and finish smiling at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle.

DAY 1 ROUTE:

50km along the iconic Ridgeway.

Route: Lewknor to Basecamp
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 1,973ft

Heading off on this incredible journey from the start line at Lewknor with thousands of other trekkers, you will immediately feel right at home on the trails.

Wandering through the woodland before coming down into the renowned ‘field of dreams’, the only thing that can beat this moment is when you cross the finish line! With the route ending at our fantastic basecamp, there will be food, bars and a chilled atmosphere awaiting your arrival.

DAY 2 ROUTE:

50km along the iconic Ridgeway finishing at the historic Avebury Stone Circle.

Route: Basecamp to Avebury
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 1,731ft

Heading off from the basecamp early Sunday morning, you will be following in the steps of Vikings, Romans and Kings. With the prehistoric Uffington White Horse hill figure and the Liddington Castle fort, your journey will be rich with history.

Ending at the iconic Avebury Stone circle, it is the perfect finishing site for this incredible challenge. Basking in the awe of the largest stone circle in Europe, there is no greater place to stop and reflect on all you have accomplished.
Raceday Logistics

Addresses:

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

Age Limits:

Participants must be aged 16 years or above by the start of the event to be allowed to enter the event.

Participants under the age of 18 years (but over the age of 16 years) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for health and safety reasons.

Team Entry:

Teams of friends: as we need all medical and dietary info from each participant we need each individual to register individually. There will be a section on the registration form that allows you to write in your team name, so that we can link you with your other team mates. This is important so that we know to put you in the same camping zone for the event.

Corporate teams: if you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact us [email protected] We can invoice your company for the places so the individuals don’t have to pay on registration when signing up. We will also let you know how we can support your pre-event experience on elements such as kit design and training days.

Race Packs:

Your race packs will get sent out 1 week before the event start date.

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 5th June.

The race pack will include your bib number with safety pins, a luggage label and your participant wristband. It will also include your parking permit if you purchased parking before 16th June.

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

Start Times:

SATURDAY –
We will be running a staggered start so as to reduce congestion on the first part of the route. Your start time will have been allocated to you and is printed on your race pack. We have tried to allocate these as per your preferred start time, selected at registration, but have allocated times throughout the waves so as to allow us to safely manage capacities.

The start times on the Saturday morning are between 7:30am-8:35am with the faster runners setting off in the earliest wave groups. We recommend you arrive 30-45mins before you start time.

SUNDAY – 
On the Sunday participants can start any time between 5.30am and 7am (competitive runners will need to start at 6am).

Prizes:

We will be awarding prizes for the fastest males and female for each distance.

To compete for first place, and be in with a chance of winning the trophy you will need to set off in the first wave group (A).

If you have chosen a different wave group but would like to qualify for a chance to win please let us know a minimum of one month in advance of the event so that we can put you in the correct wave group.

Bag Transport:

We will transport your bags for you from the start to your final destination each day. In your registration pack you will be given a luggage label with your participant number on it to attach to any luggage so it is easy to find at the end of the day. You’ll just need to drop bags with us in the morning and it will be there for you to pick them up at the other end.

We would advise that you carry a small rucksack with you containing essentials such as a water bottle, first aid kit, spare pairs of socks and another layer of warm/waterproof clothing in case the weather changes.

Camping:

Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp and you will collect your sleeping mat when you check in to tent allocation.

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Tents are 2 man pop up tents (allocated one per person) so if you are participating in a couple you can opt to put your bags in one tent and yourselves in another.

You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.

All basecamp space is reserved for the event set up and event vehicles. If you wish to camp overnight on site you will need to book the relevant package.

Pit Stops:

NON-STOP – 
For those running Non-Stop there will be approximately 9 pre-determined pit stops.

WEEKENDERS/1-DAY – 
Each day there will be approximately 4 pre-determined pit stops.

All the pit stops provide snacks, drinks, toilets and first aid facilities. These are designed to give you a short rest break (max 20mins) and refuel you for the next stage of the event. The exact distances and cut off times will be shared with you in the lead up to the event.

Please note: we ask that you don’t arrange to meet friends and family at pit stops as they can become very crowded if each participant has supporters there as well. Instead we recommend they meet you at the base camp or away from the event pit stops.

Cut-Off Times:

NON-STOP –
The route is open from Saturday 4th July, 7.30am until Sunday 5th July, 8.00pm.

WEEKENDER/1-DAY –
The route is open from 7.30am – 10.00pm Saturday 4th July, and Sunday 5th July, 5.30am – 8.00pm.

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.

Kit List

There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. There is nowhere where this rings truer than England so you need to be prepared for anything from hot sun to torrential rain.

We will send a kit list before the event with more detailed guidance but basic kit should consist of: trail trainers/boots, socks, a short and long sleeve breathable sport top, a waterproof shell jacket, sun hat, woolly hat, gloves.

We provide transport for a bag to the finish line, so you don’t need to carry too much.

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.

Spectators are allowed into the basecamp. Limited parking will be available for them. All non-overnight participants will need to be off the basecamp site by 10.00pm.

FAQs

How much training am I expected to do?

This is dependent on how much exercise you do currently. We provide you with comprehensive training plans for all distances for both running and walking.

You will also be provided with training advice to ensure you are in the best possible shape. Other than that we recommend regular, consistent training – give yourself enough weeks to train but don’t overdo it!

Will there be live tracking?

In partnership with Open Tracking, you can now hire a GPS tracker for the duration of the event!

Your tracker will provide accurate location data, available online for your friends and family to view, so they can see how well you’re progressing along the route. This is NOT linked to your event timing but it does mean your supporters can see more accurately where you are throughout the event and how close you are to the finish line!

Links to book this will be made available closer to the event.

Can I 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 visit.

Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones reviews (110)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Atmosphere
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    Tom C

    Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2019

    Fantastic course, brilliantly organised and great pit stops and support. What more could you ask for?
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    Carolyn I

    Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2019

    Everything about the event was brilliant, the only recommendation is have physios available throughout
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    Ann G

    Did the Weekender in 2019

    Did this last year, enjoyed it so much thought I'd do it again! Enjoyment is mostly down to Thresholds amazing organisation and their great team every step of the way, leaving you to just get on with it.
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    Melanie

    Did the Weekender in 2019

    Very well organised event, would have been good to have more medics at basecamp, had to queue for 40 mins, but other than that, fabulously organised!
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    Stacey B

    Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2019

    Great feed stations, could of done with more medics on bikes to reach those not capable of reaching a checkpoint.
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    Wendy S

    Did the Weekender in 2019

    Loved it. Organisation was excellent. It really helped the volunteers cheering you on around the trail. Pit stops were amazing as was the medicare.
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    Wendy S

    Did the Weekender in 2019

    Absolutely loved it tho it was very challenging. Organisation was excellent. Loved the volunteers cheering you around the trail.
  • Did the 100K Non-Stop in 2019

    What an amazing day, and very well organised. Would love to do it again when my feet have recovered!
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    Luke S

    Did the Day 2 – Sunday in 2019

    I found the route mostly easy although the last 8km, the ground conditions were very difficult underfoot. I was amazed at how well stocked the pit stops were and how many there were. My only gripe was having to wait almost 4 hours to get a shuttle back to Basecamp and my car. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Chelsea T

    Did the Weekender in 2019

    It was really hard however the staff and crew were really friendly and helpful. They made us so welcome once we got back to the camp. The 35-50km stretch was very boring and this made it hard for me to feel motivated. The pit stops were really great. Full of plenty of snacks with a big variety for everyone. The only down side were the toilets.

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    Sally B
    Hi please can you give postcodes for the aid stations on the 100km nonstop route on Sat? Thanks

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    Steph E
    Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately I don't have the exact locations for the aid stations but here are the exact addresses for the start, base camp and finish: 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. Best of luck!