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Dates for Race to the Stones announced

by Editor
Tuesday 12th November 2013

Race news: Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 19-20, 2014

Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 19-20, 2014

After the sell out success of the inaugural event last year, Threshold Sports is excited to announce the dates for Race to the Stones 2014 as Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July. The 100km race along the oldest path in the UK, The Ridgeway, is set to be bigger and better in 2014 with the support of Carphone Warehouse.

Designed with input from endurance legend James Cracknell, 2013’s event saw over 800 participants take on the iconic route on the hottest weekend of the year with temperatures peaking at over 35°C. Despite the gruelling conditions there was some exceptional racing with the 2nd and 3rd placed men separated by just 1m 40s. The men’s winner, Ed Melbourne completed the course in 10h 23m and the women’s race was won by Julia Donovan in 12h 09m. With both looking to return in 2014 to defend their titles, the competition is going to be fierce once again.

However, the field wasn’t just made up of finely tuned ultra-runners. Threshold Sports designed the event to be accessible to everyone from those stepping up from a marathon distance for the first time, as well as those looking for a sociable challenge they can train for around work. There were equally impressive feats of endurance at the back of the field with hundreds raising money for good causes including two women who ground out the 100km non-stop option in 31h 44m.

Nick Tuppen, Head of Threshold Events said, “Last year we set out to get as many people as possible lining up on the start line from first timers to world class ultra-runners and to give them all a fantastic experience. It was great to see the same sense of satisfaction at the finish from elite athletes like Danny Kendall (highest ever British finisher in Marathon des Sables), Rory Coleman (200+ ultra marathons and 9 endurance running world records), and Tobias Mews (15th in Marathon des Sables 2013) as well as on the faces of those who had never taken on a challenge like this before.”

The support of Carphone Warehouse is a huge boost to the event securing its future on the challenge event calendar. Carphone Warehouse is Europe’s biggest independent mobile retailer with almost 800 stores in the UK, and hundreds more throughout Europe. Their success has been built on 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and their people's passion for making more lives better with connected technology. Aswell as having a team of 300 in the event itself, they will be raising money for their charity partner Get Connected and will be looking to provide a few surprises along the way for those who sign up in 2014.

The 100km route remains with participants following in the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway. Starting from Chinnor in Oxfordshire they will pass Iron Age forts, ancient burial chambers, cross the mighty Thames and the mystical down-lands of Salisbury before the race finishes at the 3,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury, recently named the world’s second best heritage site by Which? Magazine. 

The ultra-runners will have dedicated timing, full medical teams and detailed route information and the course will be fast and ideally suited for those looking to set a PB time. The walkers will have support from the moment they sign up including training plans, kit guides, fundraising tips and everything needed to give them the best chance of finishing. For the 100km non-stop option, it is also one of the few races in the UK that qualifies for 2 North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc points as well as providing a great opportunity to set a qualifying time for entry to the Spartathlon.

Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 19-20, 2014

Participants can choose to complete the 100km route non-stop by walking into and through the night, or can break itinto two days staying at the fully serviced overnight base camp at the halfway point. Or they can choose to just complete one of the 50km days.

  • Race To The Stones non-stop:£119
  • Race To The Stones 2 day including overnight camping: £184
  •  Race To The Stones 2 day excluding overnight camping: £95
  • Race To The Stones single day: £49

Participants can enter online using credit or debit card at www.racetothestones.com

Entries open at midday on Wednesday 13th November, and with 90% of 2013 participants saying Race to the Stones was one of the top 3 ultra events that they had ever done and 48% saying it was the best they had ever done places are expected to go quickly.

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