Rok the Stones rocks again in 2016! 

24-Jan-2016: IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Loop 3 across Folly Farm has now been updated

Due to the very muddy conditions, the section of Loop 3 which visits the Folly Farm wildlife reserve has been modified. After a very positive site meeting and follow-up discussions with Avon Wildlife Trust we have agreed on a revised route, which adds about half a mile to the overall run, with matting at critical wear points. Rather than entering at the top of Featherbed Lane (Honey Gaston), the route now follows the lane to the reservoir before entering Folly Farm. The exit point is unchanged.  Please refer to the ROUTE page for full details, plus new route description, GPX file and map. The new section will be fully marked, so you can get by with the old map and description if you don’t get chance to print it. 

Can we please very kindly ask everyone to avoid Folly Farm before race day and also remind you that dogs are not permitted in the reserve, only on the public footpath. It’s important that we maintain a good relationship with Avon Wildlife Trust. Thanks in advance for your co-operation.

21-Oct-2015: The solo event is now full. If you want to go on the wait list, please contact solowaitlist@tensheds.co.uk

09-Oct-2015: The relay event is now full. If you want to go on the wait list, please contact relaywaitlist@tensheds.co.uk

Following the success of this year’s event, the fabulous feedback (including being rated 4th best UK trail race by Trail Running magazine), and the many requests for a repeat, Rok the Stones is returning on Saturday 30th January 2016. Apart from an increase in the number of solo runners, and some minor tweaks, the format, route and food will be the same as in 2015, with both solo and relay categories.

Entries for Rok the Stones 2016 opened at 21:00 on Tuesday 1st September 2015. A reminder email was sent to everyone on the mailing list (which includes previous entrants and people who have expressed an interest) a few days in advance. If you are not on the mailing list you can subscribe by clicking here

The Event

The Rok the Stones Trail Marathon is set in the beautiful Chew Valley, about 10 miles from Bristol and Bath. The Stone Circles behind the church form the 3rd largest collection of prehistoric standing stones in England and include the second largest circle (after Avebury).

The route consists of three very different and testing loops from Stanton Drew Village Hall, which is in a small village in this quiet and beautiful corner of north-east Somerset, about 10 miles from Bristol and Bath.

Each loop returns to the village hall allowing entrants to get a hot drink & food, loo stop and maybe even put on dry socks, before heading out again. The majority of the route is off-road, following paths and tracks, and varies from flat riverbank to surprisingly steep climbs. Several parts of the route are very muddy in winter. The total distance is around 27.2 miles, with over 2700 feet of ascent. The event will be run under UK Athletics Rules (TRA permit number 216) and is listed with the 100 Marathon Club.

The event has two entrance classes: solo runners and three-person relay teams. The relay class is limited to a maximum of 10 teams and relay teams can be all-female, all-male or mixed.

Time and Date: Race starts at 08:30 on Saturday 30-Jan-2016 (Relay and faster runners at 09:30)

Event HQ: Stanton Drew Village Hall Sandy Lane, Stanton Drew, Bristol, BS39 4EL (OS Grid Ref: ST 596 631)

Refunds and Transfers:

50% refund if request received on or before 16-Jan-2016
25% refund if request received between 17-Jan-2016 and 24-Jan-2016 (no refund if request received after 24-Jan-2016)
Entry transfers at the discretion of the race organisers (£5 admin fee)
No additional entries after 18:00 on Fri-29-Jan-2016 and no entries on the day
Deferrals are not available

Fundraising: All profits from the event will be donated to the Pensford, Publow and the Stantons Community Trust (PPSCT).

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Acknowledgements:

The organisers wish to thank:

The helpers in the village hall and the marshals, most of whom are not runners, but very friendly locals.
All local landowners with public footpaths on their land and landowners allowing access across private land
Stanton Drew Village Hall Committee for use of the village hall

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  1. Hi Simon/Judith – just a quick note to say I’ve just entered for 30/1/16 and am happy to sweep again! Looking forwards to catching up soon. BR, martin

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