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Shropshire Way 80K Festival

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Saturday 6th April 2019

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Monday 9th July 2018 at 09:00
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Monday 1st April 2019
80 KM; 42 KM (marathon); 10 KM; 3.5KM (fun run)
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340 Participants
Entry Fees
80 KM   £40.00   
42 KM (marathon)   £25.00   
10 KM   £17.00   
3.5KM (fun run)   £5.00   
Event Organiser - Grant Wilson

Introduction.These events are organised as a fundraiser for the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and focus on the food and landscape of the Shropshire Hills. At the checkpoints you get to taste the wealth of local food on offer, as you quite literally "eat the view". The 80K course is suitable for the most serious runners, to walkers just aiming to complete an incredible challenge. The marathon too can be completed as a run or walk. There is a 24 hour time limit on the 80K, but checkpoints will open to accommodate runners on an 8 hour finishing pace, and a 12 hour limit on the marathon.  The fun run is flat and suitable for all and is an anytime challenge accross the weekend. It takes in the beautiful Onny Valley, with views to the hillfort at Norton Camp and the chance to see red kites. The price includes a leaflet and a drink.The 80K course will depart at 09.00 and the marathon at 10.00. A full route description is provided, but entrants are responsible for their own navigation.

Route overview.Leaving the Discovery Centre, head up onto the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge before turning north through farmland, passing through Acton Scott, the home of BBC’s Victorian Farm. You then climb Ragleth Hill, with views over the Long Mynd, your next challenge. Passing through the old market town of Church Stretton, you head up on to the Long Mynd its self, reaching Pole bank, the second highest point on the whole walk.

Here, the courses split and the marathon heads along the whaleback reidge of the Long Mynd to rejoin the 80K route at Hopesay Hill. The 80K route then takes us down into the tiny village of Bridges and up onto Stiperstones, and the magical jagged rock formation of Devil’s Chair, the highest point on the route at 536 metres above sea level.  The next climb is that of Linley Hill with its avenue of ancient beech trees before we drop down to the town of Bishop’s Castle, home to two breweries and numerous pubs. Please resist the temptations here as you still have lots of work to do!

Next, we head East beneath the Kerry ridgeway to the tiny hamlet of Churchtown where the route joins Offa’s Dyke Path. A vicious climb out of the hamlet is rewarded by the fact that you are now following  Offa’s Dyke, King Offa’s eponymous Saxon earthwork as it climbs through the enchanting borderlands. Several climbs bring us to the top of “Cefns” Welsh for “ridge”, with fantastic views and an incomparable descent along the wide, grassy ridge into the Clun Valley and the town of Clun, one of A.E. Housman’s “quietest places under the sun”. The ruins of the ancient castle still dominate this lovely small town. The final section of our walk takes us high above the Clun valley across the massive Iron Age hill fort known as Bury Ditches, whose earthworks were only recently discovered when the great storm of 1987 blew down the trees which for centuries had hidden its secrets.. We then pass through the ancient woodland of Walcott Wood before our final climb takes on to Hopesay Hill, where the marathon re-joins the 80K, home to wild ponies and red kites. From here you should be able to smell the bacon cooking as it’s an easy couple of miles down to journey’s end where your breakfast at the Discovery Centre awaits.

Complete this challenge and you will have acheived somethibng extrordinary. Why not come and se this amazing area for yourself.

A new addition to this year’s lineup is the Tusker 10k, an off road route with over 400m of ascent. We provide full digital timing, with a certificate and badge.  As food is a theme running through our events, there will be a piece of the famous Shropshire Bara Brith waiting for you at the end.

The route takes you across the river Onny into the hamlet of Whettleton, scene of a bloody skirmish in the civil war, when the Parliamentarians defeated Royalist troops in a fierce battle. The route climbs steeply up to the Iron Age hillfort of Norton Camp, before emerging from the woods to reveal a huge vista over the Clee Hills, and Shropshire’s highest summit of Abdon Burf. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to climb this one, it’s just for looking at!

There is a descent to Norton village, and then we climb back into Norton Camp woods along Rotting Lane before returning to the Centre along the banks of the river Onny.

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