Last updated: 11-Feb-19
A staggering 2,500 runners and walkers were at the start line for the start of Race to the Stones and it was a hot one for all those taking part on the Ridgeway this year. Sometimes ultra runners need their grit to take on the rain and mud but not this time!
The men and women’s first places for the non-stop 100km were won respectively by Geoffrey Cheshire 8:36:10 and Alyssa Clark 9:35:32.
Massive congratulations to all the winners and the elite racers (full results here) but this race is also very much about the vast bulk of ultra runners who are in it for the sheer joy of the sport.
The race is run on the Ridgeway, which is officially the UK’s oldest path with a wealth of history en route (if you have time to stop…) including Iron Age forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings.
It finishes at Avebury stone circle. This event won Best Endurance Event in the UK in the 2016 Running Awards. The route is fully marked and there is plenty of support at checkpoints with some of racing’s best snacks…
Race to the Stones is one of our most popular RunUltra races and we have a whopping 26 runner reviews. RunUltra members rate it highly as an ideal first ultra or first 100k race. There are several options – you can run 50k or you can take on the full 100k route either non-stop or over two days.
As always, the race provided a mass of inspiring stories including this proposal at the finish line.
And stories like this:
“Meet Karen, who has lost a remarkable 8 stone through her new love for running. She is taking on her 1st Ultra today and has already raised over £1,500 for Parkinson’s UK, a charity which holds a very special place in her heart. Keep pushing Karen!” from the Race to the Stones Facebook page.
Congratulations to all those who took part! And maybe this is one for you for next year?