Marathon, Half Marathon &
10K Saturday 24th June 2017
Run the Ridgeway Revenge, Half Marathon or 10K and take on the challenge of undulating miles set along Britain’s oldest path. Race or run part of the ancient trail walked by soldiers and herdsmen 5000 years ago. Experience the mystical Alfred’s Castle and classical Ashdown House set within the breathtaking natural beauty of the Wiltshire Downs.
Below is the race information for the Ridgeway Revenge Half Marathon and 10K 10 am Saturday 18th June 2016. You will not receive any information in the post but there will be a reminder e-mail sent a few days before the event. Please pick up your race number and timing chip from the event HQ situated within the event car park between 8.15 and 9.30 am on the morning of the race (remember to bring safety pins and race belt). It is a tough, challenging course please ensure that you are fit enough to run it. All runners must be 16 or over to partake in the event.
There are onsite ambulance services and there will be mobile medics on the course. Runners are recommended to put personal/ medical details on the reverse of their race numbers. It is the runner’s responsibility to check any health issues.
The local villages surrounding the Ridgeway have a wide range of accommodation.
The Royal Oak at Bishopstone offers B&B right at the start of the race:
PARKING AND FACILITIES
The event car park and the Run HQ are in the signed field car park adjacent to the start/ finish. Situated approximately ½ a mile straight on from Ridgeway Farm (where Nell Hill crosses the Ridgeway), the car park, Run HQ and start/ finish will be clearly signed with our Ridgeway Revenge logo/ car park signs from entering Bishopstone Village. Please follow these Ridgeway Revenge signs. The nearest postcode is: SN6 8NZ. This will take you up Nell Hill to a well-used farm track (Ridgeway Farm buildings on your right). Go straight on, crossing the Ridgeway and follow the Ridgeway Revenge carpark signs for approximately a ½ mile to take the signed left into the event car park field. You can’t miss the cars, marquee, food and start/ finish arch. Do not turn onto the Ridgeway National trail, this is the run course and the use of motor vehicles for a half marathon or 10K are definitely prohibited! You will see the start/ finish gantry straight in front of you; please do not drive over this.
As runners will be running down this road from 10 am – 10.30 am, for health and safety cars will be unable to access the car park between 9.45 am – 10.30 am. Runners are asked to please ensure that they have signed on before this and spectators are asked to respect this and park well in advance of this time or park alongside Ridgeway Farms. The event car park is open from 8.15 am. Please have awareness to runners at all times and take care of any pedestrians/ farm traffic that may use this road on the day. The event start/ finish is adjacent to the event car park.
Toilets are next to the race HQ. There is no secure bag drop area, please make sure that you do not leave anything of value unattended. Hot and cold drinks alongside absolutely scrumptious, locally farmed, organic bacon butties and sausage sarnies will be available pre, during and post race in true Royal Oak style up adjacent to the start/ finish. There is also a well-heard rumour that there will be an extremely mouth watering array of home made cakes too! After, we would love you to linger a little longer and recuperate with us over a spot of celebratory pub lunch at the Royal Oak, but please do book.
ARRIVING AND DEPARTING
The race HQ is held in a marquee in the event car park field adjacent to the start/ finish gantry. The nearest postcode is Ridgeway Farm, Nell Hill, Bishopstone SN6 8NZ.
THE START/ FINISH OF THE RACE
Before the start of the race, all runners are required to attend the race briefing at the event HQ. This will be held at approximately 9.40 am, 20 minutes prior to the first wave’s start time. The Half Marathon wave will start at 10 am and the 10K wave will start at 10.10 am. All runners are asked to allow plenty of time to reach the start of the race. Please do not miss the start time, as the event will start without you. On finishing the race you will get an accurate run time displayed on the results screen near the finish. When returning to the car park, please take care of other runners, spectators and traffic that may be using the road.
The prize presentation will be adjacent to the start finish on our farm style organic podium at 12 noon.
The Ridgeway is a National Trail and it is not closed to walkers or horses. While the course is quiet and local residents will be informed of the event, please do keep to the left hand side at all times and avoid running more than two abreast. Please always listen to the instructions of the marshals.
Water Stations with sweets will be at approximately 3 mile intervals along the course. Water will be provided in paper cups. Please do not litter the course with cups and gels, but use the bins provided at a short distance past the water stations.
There will be a lead cyclist for the first wave, and markers will clearly sign the course. Event paparazzi will be capturing you at your best, so make sure you smile☺. Photography will be available from the results section of the website the week following the event.
It is asked that spectators keep dogs on leads at all times and remain clear of the course. The best points to cheer from are at the Ridgeway Farm crossroads at the event HQ/ start and finish or from the grounds of Ashdown House http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashdown-house/
The course is part road/ trail and grass footpath, trail shoes are advisable and spikes are banned. Please ensure that you have enough warm clothing for before and after the event. Headphones/ MP3s are banned and any runners wearing headphones at any point during the race will be disqualified. We need you to be aware of your surroundings and able to listen to the marshals on the course.
You must wear your race number on your front with safety pins or race belt. Please ensure that it is fully visible and secure, as without it we will be unable to provide you with an official/ accurate finish time.
DIRECTIONS BY CAR
Bishopstone is between Junction 14 and 15 of the M4 motorway. It is approximately 8 miles from Swindon and 10 miles from Wantage.
The Ridgeway Farm crossroad is located at the top of Nell Hill just outside the Bishopstone village (SN6 8NZ). Follow the main village road and Nell Hill will be on your left as you enter the village or your right as you leave the village. The Royal Oak (SN6 8PP) is near the duck pond; if the pond is on your right, the next lane on the left is Cues Lane. You can of course arrive by air, but we wouldn’t advise it!
FIND US ON THE MAP
All finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and goody bag, although we don’t promise Tiffany!
“And the winner is?” will be held on our farm style organic podium adjacent to the start/ finish. Just in time for lunch!
1st, 2nd, 3rd Male Half Marathon & 10K
1st, 2nd, 3rd Female Half Marathon & 10K
1st Team Half Marathon (fastest accumulated time of 3)
1st Team 10K (fastest accumulated time of 3)