Chiltern Wonderland 50
14 September 2019
The Chiltern Wonderland 50 is a 50 mile race around the beautiful Chiltern Countryside. The route takes in 5600ft of climb and visits picturesque villages bursting with history, featuring locations made famous by British film and television. 2016 was the inaugural running of the Chiltern Wonderland 50, making up the 3rd 50 mile race hosted by Centurion Running.This event utilises the Chiltern Way, the Ridgeway, and the Thames Path to showcase some of the best countryside and scenery that Oxfordshire has to offer. The course consists of a 50 mile loop that starts in Goring on Thames, heading out through villages such as MapleDurham, Bix, Turville, and Nuffield to name but a few, as well as taking in wonderfully named places such as Christmas Common, and leading you through the grounds of Stonor Park. This event really has everything from the slickly organised registration and kit check process, to a varied route which includes great trails, stunning vista's and brutal hills, which is fantastically well marked, making it almost impossible to get lost.
The race route consists of a single 50 mile loop through the Chiltern Hills. Starting and finishing in the riverside village of Goring On Thames, It begins by heading down the 'hilliest' section of the Thames Path National Trail to Whitchurch, before joining the Chiltern Way to Mapledurham. From there it is a short 4 mile section through to Sonning Common, before runners get in to some of the best climbs, descents, valleys and villages that the Chilterns have to offer. Travelling first through Bix, runners then pay a visit to Turville and climb steeply out of the village directly past Cobstone Windmill. It's on and down through rolling countryside from there to the Ibstone check point. Runners then continue on the Chiltern Way to the highest point on the course at Christmas Common (800ft), before a fast descent underneath Watlington Hill, to join the Ridgeway as far as Swyncombe Farm aid station. Runners then take the Chiltern Way extension first east, then west to rejoin the Ridgeway at Nuffield. From there it's Grim's Ditch until the final aid station and the turn for home on one of the fastest sections of the course.
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There is free on street parking around both Goring and Streatley as well as public car parks within a mile of the start at the following.
Finish Line Bags may be deposited at registration, whereupon they will be stored in number order and accessible to runners at the end of the race. Bags should be clearly labelled with runners name and bib number.
Aid stations will carry as a minimum: water, coke, chocolate, sweets, sandwiches, nuts, lots of fruit, Gu gels, wraps, sandwiches and other sweet and savory snacks. There will be hot food available at the finish.
Hot food at the Finish
There are plenty of options for accommodation in Goring and Streatley. Some of the closer options include: The Swan At Streatley, Streatley YHA, The Bull at Streatley, Miller of Mansfield.
In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a marathon distance race within the cut off time of that event between 1st January 2014 and race day.
All finishers under the 13 hour cut off will receive a medal and finishers t-shirt. Male and Female Race winners will be awarded additional prizes marking their achievement.