Race to the Stones

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15/02/2013 at 17:38

This looks a great event.  Not cheap, but could be a lovely weekend.  Anyone else thinking about this?

 

http://www.racetothestones.com/

pmo
15/02/2013 at 20:11

Considered if briefly, then spotted that it's more to do it all in one than to split it over two days, makes for an expensive 100k.

Looking at it as a weekend activity, seems better value..

pmo
16/02/2013 at 01:18

The cheaper 2 day option does not include camping fees.  I've been on the Ridgeway at various times of year and hot and dry is much better than cold wet and muddy.  The worst irritant for me is the oil seed rape flowers, but these tend to bloom early May - when the Ridgeway 40 is held.  I would love to do this, but things a bit 'up in the air' at the moment and not sure if I can commit myself.

07/03/2013 at 15:54

I like the look of this but I'm doing my first ultra a few weeks before. Depending on any positive feedback, I'll think about it for next year.

WiB
07/03/2013 at 15:59

£120 for 100k?!!? Yet only £95 if you take 2 days to do it. Just train a bit more and enter the Ridgeway 85, 4 weeks later.

WiB
WiB
07/03/2013 at 16:03

Is that really ironic? or coincidence? or just a peice of information that may be neither?

Hope you are set for Reading, there are high hopes for you. 75 mins or bust.

WiB
WiB
07/03/2013 at 16:34
Yep... Ok then. You think 45 mins is achievable? Those boosts must be good.
WiB
22/03/2013 at 11:10

ha ha ha WIB!

I looked at this one too, looks really nice but it costs way to much!

Any idea how feasible it would be to just do it on your own? Water stops, shops maybe near the trail?

Was thinking of doing this with my brother in law just on our own with a gps but was a little unsure about water

28/05/2013 at 20:47

Still mulling this over - quite keen and have walked the Ridgeway before (and loved it).Still a bit pricey for my liking, but think I may save up for it. Fancy doing something a bit different.

28/05/2013 at 21:27

I'm breaking my ultra marathon cherry so to speak on this one. I've no idea why this one, other than a mate asked if I wanted to do, and I was feeling in a good mood at the time!

I hope it's a good one. But yeah, probably quite pricey for an ultra....i hope I get a bloody good t shirt!!!

28/05/2013 at 23:55

Entered some time back - but then did an unscheduled L2B this weekend so hope I will recover in time.  I know these events are pricey - I could have had a luxury spa break for what I paid to tramp through the mud and woods - not to mention pain - but then it's what we do..

31/05/2013 at 12:57

The marketing/premise makes it sounds awesome.  And sometimes that's what one wants in a race - the "hook" which makes it seem like an epic adventure rather than simply an awfully long way.

But too expensive for me. 

11/06/2013 at 15:52

Well peeps I gave in! Its just to darn pretty to miss! I shall be at the start line nursing my broken wallet!  

11/06/2013 at 16:51

at least your wallet will be lighter to carry B2B 

11/06/2013 at 20:44

I'm seriously regretting entering now as the logistics are a nightmare! I entered as it seemed well organised but having just been emailed my 'race pack' it just looks like a joke. The promised shuttle buses to and from the start have to be paid for and are not cheap (£25 one way) and you can only get on the bus you pre-book which means you have to guess your finish time if you are late you are stranded!

There is no shuttle to the station as promised, they suggest you book the cab in advance which once again requires you to know your finish time? Even if half the predicted 600 field use cabs that's 300 people looking to find a cab in Avebury going to Swindon! You can of course go by car but that £10 plus £25 coach adding £35 to the already inflated entry fee.

After running 100k the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about how to get home 

12/06/2013 at 08:34

Yes - I was was shocked at the sudden disappearance of the shuttle buses.  More stress and expense.  Shall be contacting the organisers to complain as they were supposedly part of the package.

12/06/2013 at 11:08

Just compared prices - Extreme Energy - Druids Challenge - 84 miles of Ridgeway over 3 days, food and basic accommodation, shuttle bus to start and either to Swindon station, or back to Tring included, earlv bird entry £150.  Trail Runners Ridgeway Challenge - full distance in about 28 hours, shuttle bus to start only - early bird entry £40 - less if affiliated.

12/06/2013 at 11:18

If anyone is interested in a slightly more wallet / purse friendly 100k option, there is the Stour Valley Path 100 in September, which is £55 to enter. Hopefully the weather may be a little cooler at that time of the year too, and more hayfever friendly

Web address for the race is www.svp100.co.uk

Also an incredibly beautiful route (running through the Dedham Vale AONB) and there are train stations very close to the start and finish.

12/06/2013 at 11:58
Bear B.Hind wrote (see)

Just compared prices - Extreme Energy - Druids Challenge - 84 miles of Ridgeway over 3 days, food and basic accommodation, shuttle bus to start and either to Swindon station, or back to Tring included, earlv bird entry £150.  Trail Runners Ridgeway Challenge - full distance in about 28 hours, shuttle bus to start only - early bird entry £40 - less if affiliated.


I was going to do the £40 Trail runners race but chose this as I don't have my own transport and they clearly said 'they would be providing shuttle buses' there was no mention of booking taxis in advance to ensure you get home or paying to get picked up from the Oxford tube. Ok they didn't state it was free but if a race organiser says they will provide something that usually means free, I was half expecting them to charge us for the food at check points and the medal (maybe I shouldn't give them any ideas!).

12/06/2013 at 16:14

I have now contacted the organisers.  I await their response with interest.  Watch this space....

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