We are very excited to launch a historic new event; Race to the Stones. which will see participants cover 100km on foot along the oldest path in Britain in July 2013

It will take place on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July 2013 and is the latest addition to our growing portfolio of top quality public events that includes cycling events Deloitte Ride Across Britain and the MITIE London Revolution.

An ancient challenge: 100km on foot along the oldest path in Britain.

The Race to the Stones is a fully supported 100km event following in the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway. Participants 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 second best heritage site in the world by a panel of travel experts from Which? Magazine. It is within easy reach of London and participants will be able to tackle the route non-stop or over two days, and can choose to walk or run it at their own pace.

It’s designed for ultra runners through to weekend walkers

The event is designed to appeal to the growing market of ultra-runners looking to push further than the typical marathon distance, while also being accessible to those looking for a sociable challenge they can train for around work. The ultra-runners will have state of the art 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 else they need to give them the best chance of finishing. The 100km option is also one of the few races in the UK that qualifies for 2 North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc points, and is also a great chance to set a qualifying time for entry to the Spartathlon.

There are lots of events out there for the ultra-competitive, but the Race to the Stones allows regular people to line up with the elites and Olympic champions to complete the same challenge. Walking and running are totally accessible as you don’t need lots of expensive kit, and this means everyone can get the same sense of satisfaction on reaching the stone circle in Avebury whether it has taken them 7 or 27 hours to get there.

People can choose to run it non-stop, or walk it over 2 days

Participants can choose to complete the 100km route non-stop by walking into and through the night, or can break it into 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.

Entries are open now and there is a discount for groups of 10 or more

You can sign up at the Race to the Stones website: www.racetothestones.com. There are 1,000 places available in year 1 and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more people signing up together until the end of January.