What is it?
An annual inter-club relay event organised by Marlborough Running Club over 86 miles along a multi-terrain National Trail route.
Where does it take place?
On the Ridgeway! The route is split into 10 legs of between 5 and 11 miles, starting from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and finishing at Marlborough in Wiltshire. It is a multi-terrain course through woodland and the North Wessex Downs on grass, chalk and gravel footpaths and bridleways. Depending on your leg, you might come across gates and stiles, road and rail crossings, various livestock, historic monuments, breath-taking views, and just the odd hill or two!
How do I enter?
Look out for details via club communications in the spring. This event is free for club members. We usually enter two or three teams from Alchester with a mix of paces and experience levels. We try to match the overall expected time across our teams for a bit of friendly competition, and the focus is on team spirit. We usually meet up for a meal afterwards back in Bicester.
What do I need?
You should run in a club vest if you have one, or a white T-shirt. This event is self-guided, ie no direction markers or marshals, so you will need to do a practice run or two of your leg beforehand so you don’t get lost. There will be team captains and crew support on the day but you will need to carry a mobile phone and adjust your kit for the weather – it can be very hot, windy, thundery etc.
More information is available on Marlborough Running Club’s website: http://www.marlboroughrunningclub.org.uk/races/ridgeway-relay or contact Andy Stickley with any questions.