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