It’s just three years old, but the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones – 100km along the Ridgeway to the Avebury Stone Circle – is already the UK’s largest and most high profile ultra marathon taking place on 16th and 17th July 2016.
Due to its success we have also launched Race to the King, a double marathon along the South Downs Way, which takes place for the first time ever on 25 and 26th June.
And it’s not just for elite athletes; it’s for anyone - whatever their age or fitness ability - looking for a challenge. We have had world record holding runners. We've had people who would struggle to walk 5km before they signed up. We've had mums and sons, grandparents and husbands and wives. We've had lots of people who never thought they could complete an ultra. All are welcome and we make sure the support is there for you.
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Both routes are easily accessible and boast incredible British scenery. Race to the Stones takes you along the oldest path in Britain, The Ridgeway and culminates in the largest Neolithic stone circle in Avebury. Race to the King starts in East Sussex and runs along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the first kings of England.
You can take the route any way you choose. You can go non-stop, over two days staying at Base Camp with comfy tents, delicious hot food and a massage, or you can elect to do half the route on the Saturday or Sunday. The fastest time is around eight or nine hours but an average steady walking pace takes 24 hours and the route is open for 36 hours.