The Ridgeway Relay

Ridgeway Relay RouteThe Ridgeway is one of England's National Trails, covering 86.5 miles from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Overton Hill near Marlborough.


 
 

THE 2020 RIDGEWAY RELAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED


We are very disappointed to tell you that we will not be able to organise the Ridgeway Relay this year.  Covid-19 has ended an unbroken 30 year run.

We hope to be back in 2021, with a provisional date of Sunday 20 June.

 
However, we have now launched an informal, non-competitive virtual Ridgeway Relay, as a training run to be held on Sunday 28 June 2020, the date we had planned to hold the 2020 Ridgeway Relay proper. 

End of Day Results: here 
 
As the whole thing is informal, we are not looking for any evidence from runners to support the times and distances that they report through their team captains.  No prizes. No awards. No entry fees. We are planning to publish runners' times and distances as the virtual Relay progresses, but everyone is in it simply for the glory.  
 
Each team will run ten legs of the virtual relay.  Target distances and start times, set out to mirror those in the real Ridgeway Relay, are as follows:
Start time   Distance (miles)
8h                        11
9h                          6
10h                        9
11h                        6
12h                      10
13h                      10
14h                        9
15h                        8
16h                       11
17h                         9
 
There will be no checks that actual start times are spot on with the above table, but we expect all teams will abide by them reasonably closely in accordance with the spirit of the event.
 
Each team member should run from their home observing the official guidelines for social distancing, aiming to follow a route that is predominantly off-road. 
 
On completion of each run, each team member should tell their team captain by email, text, phone, or whatever, their time (in h:mm:ss) and distance run (in miles).  Where the distance is not precisely that in the above table, our results system will adjust times accordingly.

 The team format is to be the same as the one usually used for the Ridgeway Relay:
Mostly Men: At least two legs run by a lady.
Mostly Ladies: Maximum of two legs run by a man.
Veterans: All runners >50 years old (any gender)
Any teams that don't fall into one of these categories are welcome to take part anyway.  There are no prizes or awards, so it doesn't really matter.

Each team should take full responsibility for their runners safety, health and welfare.  The event is not a race, however teams may wish produce their own risk assessments.  Although it is a training event, it would be sensible to set a minimum age in accordance with the usual UKA/ARC guidance, which means a minimum age of 17 years.

For further details, please email us, by 14 June 2020, at
ridgewayrelay@marlboroughrunningclub.org.uk.

 
The Ridgeway Relay proper is a team relay, organised by Marlborough Running Club. It is run over ten legs, the legs varying in length from 5.4 miles to 11.0 miles.  The route leaves The Ridgeway itself some 2 miles before Overton Hill, and continues across Fyfield Down to the finish in Marlborough.

At least two of the legs must be run by a female runner.  For ladies teams up to two of the legs may be run by a male runner. The route is scenic, hilly and off-road. Teams are responsible for their own route planning & support on the day and we strongly advise that you recce your leg in advance!  
Teams compete for a team trophy on the basis of shortest total time taken to complete the course. Cut-off times are applied on some legs to ensure the race finishes by 8 pm, but teams will not be disqualified for missing the cut-off times, it simply means the next leg is started before the previous runner arrives - hard luck if he or she is running both legs!
 
Competitors may run more than one leg, but must run complete legs and all changeovers must take place at the designated locations.
Ridgeway relay

information for entrants

The 2020 Ridgeway Relay has been cancelled.

We have a provisional date for 2021 - Sunday 20 June.


The 2019 race Information pack can be downloaded here.

For more information, e-mail ridgewayrelay@marlboroughrunningclub.org.uk.


 

Year Format (Size)
2019 Draft Results PDF
2019 Photos - taken by Marlborough Running Club
2019 Photos - taken by Barry Cornelius (Please credit "Photo by Barry Cornelius" if re-using.)
 
2018 Results PDF 
2018 Photos - taken by Marlborough Running Club
2018 Photos - taken by Barry Cornelius (Please credit "Photo by Barry Cornelius" if re-using.)
 
2017 Results PDF
2016 Results PDF
2016 Photos - taken by Marlborough Running Club
2016 Photos - taken by Barry Cornelius. (Please credit "Photo by Barry Cornelius" if re-using any of his work)
 
2015 Results PDF

2015 Photos (970 of them)

(Please credit "Photo by Barry Cornelius" if re-using.)
 
2014 Results PDF 
2014 Photos
(Please credit "Photo by Barry Cornelius" if re-using.)
 
2013 Results PDF 
Year Format (Size)
2012 Results PDF (220kB)
2011 Results PDF (222kB)
2010 Results (pdf)
2010 Results (Excel)
PDF (399kB)
Excel (325kB)
2009 Results PDF(163kB)
2008 Results Excel (333kB)
2007 Results Excel (320kB)
2006 Results Excel (171kB)
2005 Results Excel (206kB)
2004 Results Excel (547kB)
2003 Results Excel (433kB)
2002 Results Excel (325kb)
2001 Results Excel (196kB)
2000 Results Word (339kB)
1999 Results Excel (72kB)
Year First Second Third
2019 Reading Roadrunners A Vale of Aylesbury A Chiltern Harriers
2018 Reading Roadrunners A Newbury AC A Vale of Aylesbury AC 1
2017 Oxford City AC Vale of Aylesbury AC 1 White Horse Harriers 1
2016 Oxford Cirty AC Newbury AC A Headington A
2015 Oxford City AC Newbury AC A Headington A
2014 Headington Road Runners Vale of Aylesbury AC Eynsham A
2013 Headington Road Runners Newbury AC A Vale of Aylesbury AC
2012 Newbury AC A Reading Roadrunners A Headington Road Runners
2011 Vale of Aylesbury AC Headington Road Runners Reading Roadrunners A
2010 Vale of Aylesbury AC Headington Road Runners Reading Roadrunners A
2009 Reading Roadrunners A Vale of Aylesbury AC Headington Road Runners
2008 Vale of Aylesbury AC Abingdon Amblers A Headington Road Runners
2007 Vale of Aylesbury AC Reading Road Runners A Headington Road Runners
2006 Headington Road Runners Reading Road Runners Newbury AC
2005 Reading Road Runners Headington Road Runners Bearbrook Joggers
2004 Reading AC Bearbrook Joggers Headington Road Runners
2003 Headington Road Runners Swindon Harriers Reading AC
2002 Reading Road Runners Headington Road Runners Bearbrook Joggers
2001 Headington Road Runners Bearbrook Joggers Swindon Harriers
2000 Headington Road Runners Reading Road Runners Swindon Harriers
1999 Swindon Harriers Reading Headington Road Runners
1998 Reading Road Runners Swindon Harriers Gurkha Signals
1997 Reading Road Runners Marlborough Running Club Swindon Striders
1996 Reading Road Runners Amesbury Marlborough Running Club
1995 Reading Road Runners Compton Harriers Minehead
1994 Compton Harriers Marlborough Running Club Minehead
1993 Marlborough Running Club Compton Harriers Pewsey
1992 Marlborough Running Club Wootton Bassett / Broad Town Quantel
1991 Wootton Bassett Hounds Not Known Not Known
1990 Wootton Bassett Hounds Not Known Not Known