Hi all,

On Saturday (7 May) we have a long social trail run along the Ridgeway national trail. There's a choice of 18, 26, 32 or 39 miles, aiming to complete the long route in 8-9 hours, or about 4.5 miles an hour average including stops and walking up the steeper hills. Anyone happy with this pace is welcome and there's no need to sign up in advance.

Our route begins at Goring-on-Thames and takes in some of the finest stretches of the Ridgeway. We start with a few flat miles along the Thames followed by the gradual ascent of Grim's Ditch. This takes us into the beautiful Chiltern Hills which form our scenery for the rest of the run. The longest two routes pass through the grounds of Chequers (the Prime Minister's country residence) and visit the distinctive landmark of Coombe Hill.

TRAINS

Buy an off peak single from London Paddington to Goring & Streatley.

Take the 0830 from Paddington to Reading arriving 0900, where you need to change onto the 0921 to Goring & Streatley arriving 0935. Alan who is leading the run is travelling from the opposite direction due to arrive slightly after you at 0942. All meet on the platform at Goring & Streatley where we start the run.

It's a linear route so you'll be travelling back from a different station depending how far you decide to run:

  • For 18 miles, return by Oxford Tube (coach) from Lewknor. Coaches every 15 minutes. Note cash only, no cards - bring 15 pounds cash for the fare. Calls at Marble Arch and Victoria.
  • For 26 miles, return by train from Princes Risborough. Trains to Marylebone at 20 and 45 minutes past the hour.
  • For 32 miles, return by train from Wendover. Trains to Marylebone at 28 and 58 minutes past the hour.
  • For 39 miles, return by train from Tring. Trains to Euston at 10, 26, and 56 minutes past the hour (different pattern after 1910).

WHAT TO BRING

Wear your running kit to the start. Bring some food, water, waterproof jacket, warm layer for afterwards and a small rucksack to carry it all. There are water taps at approx. 10 miles and 29 miles but virtually no other resupply along the route, so bring sufficient food for the duration.

PLEASE NOTE

This is an unsupported run through sometimes remote countryside with no vehicle back-up, so YOU are responsible for getting yourself to your chosen exit point! Public transport is sparse to non-existent except at the places noted above.

Alan Hall.
mailto:trail@serpentine.org.uk
mob: 07929 243228

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