Wiltshire Air Ambulance asks us to 'Race to the Stones'

Wiltshire Air Ambulance asks us to 'Race to the Stones'

Published at 7:44am 22nd January 2020.

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The charity's calling on trekkers to part in the challenge along the Ridgeway this summer to support them.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is one of the events main charity partners, and they're hoping it'll bring in plenty of fundraising for the lifesaving service.

The challenge sees people travelling 100 kilometres along 'Britain's oldest path' - the Ridgeway - from Oxfordshire to the Avebury stone circle back in Wiltshire.

Race to the Stones route map
The route for the gruelling challenge takes competitors across three counties

The 'Race to the Stones' takes place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th July 2020.

Competitors can choose whether they complete the 100 kilometres in one go, or split it across two days and camp out for the night halfway through.

It's open to both runners and walkers to take on.

Last year, £12,000 was raised for Wiltshire Air Ambulance by people taking on the challenge.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Helicopter
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is celebrating 30 years of service in 2020 - with Race to the Stones helping towards its fundraising

Kenresa Stratford, events co-ordinator at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: 

"By taking part in this exciting event you'll be following in the footsteps of travellers who roamed the ancient Ridgeway path over 5,000 years ago. You'll experience some stunning countryside and the camaraderie of those who are taking on the challenge with you.

"This year is a special one for Wiltshire Air Ambulance as it is our 30th year of flying and saving lives and what better way to mark the occasion by completing an ultra marathon!"

Race to the Stones for Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Race to the Stones is a popular event for fundraisers, but is a tough one to complete

HOW TO SIGN UP

It costs £44 to take a 'non-stop' place in the 'Race to the Stones' or £64 for a weekender place.

The weekender entries include your dinner, breakfast and camping along the way.

Everyone taking part is asked to raise a minimum of £425 for the charity.

You can find out more on the WAA website.

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