Saturday (10 June) saw Threshold Events add Race To The Tower to their award winning race series, which includes Race To The King (52 miles) and Race To The Stones (100km). The 52-mile double marathon took place on the Cotswold Way, starting at Stroud before passing through quintessentially English villages, historic woodland and ancient burial mounds, to finish at the folly of Broadway Tower in Worcestershire.
The inaugural event saw 700 competitors depart Stroud, with the first wave running the entire journey, while others walked throughout the night to the finish. The two-day option allowed many participants to stop halfway at the base camp overnight, completing their journey the following day.
The race was won in an outstanding time of 7:30:17 by Tom Evans (TrainAsONE), who recently completed the Marathon des Sables in Morocco. Second, and first female, was four-time Ironman Chrissie Wellington OBE in 8:35:35, with Andy Gore completing the top three in 9:36:54.
After the race, Tom commented on Facebook: “I had such a great experience on the weekend at Race to the Tower. The race went really well, everything went to plan. I am now really looking forward to heading out to Switzerland to compete in the Eiger Ultra Trail in July.”
High temperatures made the race tougher for the front-runners, with rain and wind sweeping in during the evening to hamper participants still on the route even more.
Alex Osborne of Westerlands CCC, who finished 13th in 10:31:05, said: “The route was a lot tougher than I expected, with relentless undulations, always seeming to go up or down with few flat sections. The scenery was stunning throughout the race, and encouragement from event staff at the numerous pit stops was immense. Having run 80km, to finish with a 2km slog uphill to Broadway Tower was just brutal.”
Glasgow Frontrunner Robert Hill (13:49:08) echoed Alex's thoughts: “It was awesome scenery and fantastic support but a real challenge.”
Full results are available on our race listings page. You can register for next year’s RTTT here.