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17/05/2013 at 11:10

Orion 15 - taken place in Epping Forest since 1954 (apart from 2001 - cancelled due to over-reaction to foot and mouth ), history here ...


17/05/2013 at 14:50
XFR Bear wrote (see)

There's a good list here - which reminded me of two local races - the Mitcham 25k and the London-Brighton, both of which are no longer running.

Is that the road race you're refering to? As far as I am aware there is a London - Brighton trail race that runs annually, not sure weather it has anything to do with the original though.

17/05/2013 at 14:53

Hmmmmph......... *tries to bite lip*.......

AndrewB123 wrote (see)

Orion 15 - taken place in Epping Forest since 1954 (apart from 2001 - cancelled due to over-reaction to foot and mouth ), history here ...


Might not think it was an overreaction if you were a farmer whose entire heard had just quite literally gone up in smoke. 

17/05/2013 at 15:57


According to the blurb this is the oldest 10 mile road race in the country - I've done it three times and its a great fast race.

17/05/2013 at 16:43

Poole 10k its only young at 32 years I think, but its the same people still involved from the start

17/05/2013 at 21:57

Roger - I'm not sure, I've never done it but my club put in a women's team one year.

19/05/2013 at 14:34

Essex 20 miles

21/05/2013 at 10:18

Hog's Back race, now into 50+ years.....

07/06/2013 at 19:46

Bampton to Tiverton first run in 1946, missed one year due to foot and mouth, takes place every Easter Monday.


seren nos    pirate
07/06/2013 at 20:37

we have done the bampton to tiverton several years and is a lovely well organised event.........i wonder how they manage to keep running it as the roads are so busy with caravans nowadays.they come so close to  you when running

08/06/2013 at 13:56

Its not that bad really, I`ve used the road on a bike after a knee op and always been ok. We use lots of caution runners signs and have marshals  at all junctions.

We`ve looked at trying to alter the route, the old road always as a hunt on Easter Monday.

We may have to drop the race soon but not before we have an alternative race in place. 

21/06/2013 at 09:29

Freckleton claims to be the oldest HM and it`s in 50th year next year!

24/06/2013 at 19:11

The clubs near me say they have had races for 25 years. 


15/07/2013 at 09:44

The Lyke Wake race will next year celebrate its 50th anniversary. Does this make it the longest running ultra in the country.

15/07/2013 at 18:29

The Combe Gibbet to Overton 16 miles.......first ran as a race in 1974 with one cancellation due to foot & mouth.

In 1973 a new school teacher arrived in Overton & after a few too many beers, a few local Sunday league footballers accepted his challenge to run the course.

This caused the creation of the Overton Harriers who celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.

24/07/2013 at 18:24

The Stevenage road Marathon, takes place every ten years. The first was in September 1984, which was my first marathon.

In 1994, it got cancelled

It did take place again in 2004, which I did take part in.

I have not heard yet whether or not its going proceed next year or not. Certainly not one for the history books.

The good thing is that the Stevenage Marathon is it takes place on cycle paths, as Stevenage is completely encapsulated with them. So a safe event.

Don't get this mixed up with the annual Fairland Valley Challenge.

09/08/2013 at 15:32

Victory 5 miler at portsmouth will be 67 years this September!

09/08/2013 at 21:03

The Isle of Wight marathon has been going for many years.

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