RW Previews: Not the Roman IX, January 18

The Ronhill Roman 9 might be dead and buried, but its successor is alive and kicking.

Posted: 5 December 2003

Where and when?
Sunday, January 18, Stratford-Upon-Avon

What is it?
After 25 years, the Ronhill Roman 9 has been replaced by the Not the Roman IX. What's the difference?

Apart from the name, not a lot. It's held on the same traditional date in January and is run over virtually the same course. But now it's 12K rather than nine miles.

Starting at Alveston Hill - about 1km from race headquarters - the course winds along a quiet country road until turning onto the Banbury Road and away from the busy streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

After about 4km the road climbs steadily past Goldicote House, until levelling off before a left turn and the welcoming sight of the first drinks station, at 5km.

You’ll then reach a testing climb up the imaginatively named Long Hill. But it's worth it as you’ll be rewarded at the top by fine views towards Stratford and the surrounding countryside. Then there's a descent towards the picturesque village of Loxley, believed to be the ancestral home of Robin Hood, with evidence of his burial place in the local churchyard.

A steep descent out of the village will start you on the return leg with a second drinks station near Alveston Pastures. With just over 1km to go, a short incline leads up to Croft School on the right, before the final right turn back into Knights Lane for the last few hundred metres to the finish.

What the organisers say:
"Although the race has changed names, it’s still as enjoyable as ever - and we're proud of the organisation.”

What you say:
Not a lot so far; so why not have your say in the forum.

Watch out for:
Robin Hood's burial ground.

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