Race to the Stones is a 100km ultra marathon along the iconic Ridgeway path starting in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, crossing the Thames at Goring. The route then rises up onto the North Wessex Downs before the iconic finish at the towering stones of Avebury. Gemma undertook the challenge over 2 days, camping in overnight.
The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along its length, you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, culminating in the largest neolithic stone circle in Europe.
Gemma and her race partner Nick took on the 100km ultramarathon on behalf of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Epilepsy Action, charities both close to their hearts. They have raised a staggering £2240 which will be split equally between the two charities. In addition, SSI Services Managing Director Dave Taylor kindly matched Gemma and Nick’s initial fundraising with a generous donation of £600.
Look out for a cheque presentation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the coming weeks with South Staffordshire Plc CEO Adrian Page.