Race to the Stones logistics

Please note that as details of 2017 logistics are released, we will update this page. 

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Training isn’t the only challenge you’ll face when you take on the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones. This point-to-point race starts in the Chilterns in Oxfordshire and finishes 100km to the west, very near to the stone circle of Avebury.

 

 

What time does Race to the Stones start?

 

There will be a staggered start to reduce congestion in the first part of the race.

 

The start time is provisionally 8am for runners and 8.45am for walkers. On Sunday participants can start at any time from 6am.

 

So as well as planning the shoes you are going to race in, the nutrition you are going to use and the kit you’re going to take with you, you should spend some time in advance considering how you are going to get to the start and back from the finish.

 

This page looks at start and finish logistics for the non-stop challenge.  For anyone taking the two day options, there are similar shuttle options you can book to and from Lattin Down Kiln, the base for overnight camping.

 

Will you have a support team?

 

This can make a lot of difference.  If you are lucky enough to have anyone available to support you during the day, then we recommend you travel by car to the start on the day.

 

Your supporter(s) can then drive to cheer you at different points during the day and meet you at the finish to scoop you up and take you to wherever you’ll be spending the night.

 

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Travelling by car and Race to the Stones Parking

 

If you are on your own, but have a car, then the start is well signposted and has plenty of parking. Parking at Lewknor costs £10 and needs to be booked in advance.

 

You can also park at the finish at Avebury (also likely to be £10) and then take a shuttle to the start (TBC, but likely to be £25), but you’ll need to be parked and ready to leave by 5.30am at the latest.  Full details of transfer will be available to book online nearer later this year.

 

Getting away

 

As far as getting back is concerned, you’ll need to consider what time you think you will finish.  There are shuttles back from Avebury to the start for £25, departing on Saturday evening and through the night at regular intervals, then in the afternoon on Sunday.

 

All shuttles should be booked online in advance via the RTTS website.  Details of these will be confirmed later this year.

 

Just bear in mind that you will probably already be very tired by this point.  You can sleep on during the journey back to Lewknor (approximately 1h45m), but we don’t recommend driving any significant distance after that without more sleep.

 

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Public Transport

 

Getting to the start for 8am by public transport is challenging, but not impossible.  Princes Risborough railway station is well served – even on a Saturday morning

 

If you do travel by train, you will need to arrange a taxi to get you to the start.  One way to reduce the cost is to use Facebook or Twitter to team up with other runners – you’ll be surprised how many will be making the same journey as you.

 

Alternatively there is a bus service from London direct to Lewknor from Oxford Tube.  The advantage of this is that there is likely to be a free RTTS shuttle from the bus station to the start early on Saturday morning.  You can book this online here.

 

At the finish, you can either take one of the shuttle buses mentioned above back to the start, or there will also be shuttles on Saturday and Sunday to Swindon railway station.

 

Again, it’s important to remember that any shuttles should be booked in advance.

 

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Taxi to the Race to the Stones start

 

We’ve listed some of the local companies to help save you some time. Please note that we have not tested all of these companies personally.

 

Princes Risborough

Risborough Cars – 01844 274111

Village Cars – 01844 342551

Redline Taxis – 01844 343736

 

Swindon

24/7 Swindon Taxis – 0370 801 1588

Connect Cabs – 01793 238444

V Cars – 01793 701701

 

 

Accommodation

 

If you decide that it’s going to be a long enough day anyway and you don’t fancy a super-early start, there are a number of options for accommodation near the start.

 

Places near the start and finish are limited though, so don’t delay if you want to take these up and make sure that you book a taxi, if necessary, for the morning of the race.

 

Swindon Hotel 

 

In previous years, some participants have recommended the Holiday Inn Swindon.  There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi to help ease those aching muscles, plus children under 13 eat for free when they stay with adults.





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