Prospect Hospice is looking out for runners and walkers to take on a challenge that covers the ancient Ridgeway path this summer, raising much-needed sponsorship for the charity.
Race to the Stones covers the full 100km distance between Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the ancient stone circle of Avebury, and the event can be covered non-stop, or with an overnight basecamp stop on the Ridgeway.
The historic route is more than 5,000 years old, and people taking part can expect to see Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, culminating with a finish at Europe’s largest Neolithic stone circle in Avebury. The event takes place over the weekend of 16-17 July.
Prospect Hospice supporter Warren Johnson from Swindon took part in last year’s Race to the Stones, and described it as an unforgettable experience. He said: “It is one of the best events I’ve done so far. The event is really well organised with great facilities and support en route.”
Warren, who works for Heathrow Express, covered the 100km route with an overnight basecamp stop, and was glad of the chance of a night’s sleep along the way. He said: “It felt like more than just a camp. It was very comfortable and relaxing, and just what was needed after a 31 mile run. Fellow runners were hugely encouraging and friendly. It was a brilliant event which I will do again.”
Prospect Hospice challenge events fundraiser Anna Smithson said: “Race for the Stones is a great challenge, whether they want to get from Lewknor to Avebury as quickly as they can, or to tackle it as a trek with the overnight stop. With so much beautiful and historic scenery along the way, it is an event that we believe supporters would enjoy taking part in.”
Participants choosing to take part in Race to the Stones non-stop must raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship, or £500 minimum sponsorship for those who take part with the stop at the overnight basecamp. For further details and to register, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/racetothestones