King Alfred's Way is a historic route. In total it is 350km.
This is a one-time-only event
Limited to 100 places in total for ecological reasons around historic sights
This event has either a 100 mile (161k) or the full 217 miles (350k) distance. It is an off-road adventure, transporting the runners through 10,000 years’ worth of history in the South of England.
The route consists of gravel tracks and off-road trails through the heart of Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire.
King Alfred’s Way is named after the Anglo-Saxon ruler of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. The 350k route passes close to iconic locations and World Heritage Sites
Avebury Stone Circle (Avebury)
Iron Age hill forts at Old Sarum (Salisbury)
The route connects four of England’s favourite running Trails
North Downs Way
South Downs Way
The route also includes existing bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes. The route was devised by the charity the Cycling Tourist Club CTC'.
You will finish at the feet of King Alfred's statue in Winchester!
Friday 11th August 2023
The 350K events starts Winchester
ends Monday 14th August 7pm (85 hour limit)
Cost £249 (plus ticket booking fee)
Saturday 12th August
The 161K event starts Reading
End Sunday 13th 4pm (32 hour limit)
Cost £149 (plus ticket booking fee)
The events both finish in Winchester
You will be issued with the following equipment:
RFID Chip Timer
GPS Tracker Hire from Track Trail®.
Support crews permitted (away from checkpoints)
Cheat sticks (walking poles) not permitted
King Alfred's Way
One-time opportunity to race the route in 2023
Professional RFID chip-timing
GPS events tracking from Track Trail® Live
Food/drink refreshment points
6 CPs on the 100 mile event. Half-way drop bag portering
8/9 CPs on the 350k event. Half-way drop bag portering
Magnificent event awards for finishers
King Alfred buckle for a 161k finish
King Alfred statue for a 350k finish
Experienced race directors of over 100 ultramarathons
You can sell your place privately up to 2-weeks before the event at no cost. You can transfer it to whoever you choose. When they pay you will be refuded by the ticket system
No direct refunds unless the event is cancelled)
Mark is a vastly experienced ultrarunner with over 100 finishes worldwide; including multiple Spartathlon, Badwater (including double BW), GUCR, The High, JOGLE (15 days), Trans 333, Yukon Arctic 320, Thames Ring, Atacama, MDS, UTMB and many more... Marathon PB 2:53, 24hr 201k.
Mark transferred many of the key elements of the best races to set up Cockbain Events Ltd; an extreme set of hard to complete challenges including Viking Way, The Hill, C2C, Lon Las Ultra, The Tunnel, The Chained Ultra, and National Three Peak Ultra, as well as collaborations with Beyond Marathon Ltd
Richard has many UK ultra finishes, and completed many worldwide 250k events; including the MDS, Atacama Crossing, Kalahari Augrabies Extreme, La Trans Aq, Nepal.
Like Mark, Richard has taken the best of those races and in 2009 set up Beyond Marathon Ltd, and more recently TrackTrail® and Events Tracking Ltd. Richard has organised events such as King Offa's Dyke Race, Escape From Meriden, Deadwater, Convergence, Dusk til Dawn, The Millennium Way Ultra, The Gritstone Grind, 12 Labours of Hercules and many others, as well as collaborations with Cockbain Events such as the 1066 Ultra, Metropolis, Cabin in the Forest, and the White Horse Ultras.
Richard and Mark are old friends, who have ran together and directed races together in the past.
Cockbain Events Ltd
Beyond Marathon Ltd