The Mammothon (42KM)

The Mammothon (42KM) is the second event in the Shropshire Way 80K Festival’s line up, taking place on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. Run over a full marathon distance, but with a 12-hour time limit, this event is accessible to hard-core runners and long distance ramblers alike. The route follows almost exclusively the Shropshire way on either the Main Route or its subsidiary paths. Price includes food and drink at the checkpoints, a meal at the finish, a cetificate and a badge.

Starting and finishing at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the home of Grow Cook Learn, you will encounter the very best of Shropshire’s amazing, undiscovered landscape and some of its hidden market towns. Along the way, as you pass through our check points, you will be able to sample some of the wonderful local produce that this area has to offer as you quite literally “eat the view”. You will sample Shropshire Fidget Pies and eat local beef stew, along with our famous cheeses and sausages. Veggies and vegans don’t worry. You will be well catered for too!

Leaving the Discovery Centre via the river Onny, you head up onto the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge  before turning north across farmland, passing through Acton Scott, home to BBC’s Victorian Farm. You then climb Ragleth Hill, with views over the Long Mynd, your next challenge.

Passing through the old market town of Church Stretton, you head up on to the Long Mynd its self, reaching Pole Bank, the highest point on the whole walk. Here the Mammothon splits from the 80K route and continues south along the full length of the wide whaleback ridge of the Long Mynd, before descending into the Onny valley at Plowden. After crossing the river, we undulate through woods, hamlets, lanes and farmland before clipping at the trig on Wart Hill, the iron age farmstead which was first inhabited over 3000 years ago.

Next, we climb up to Hopesay Hill where you may be met by 80K runners joining your route from the west. This wild place is home to wild ponies and red kites. From here you should be able to smell your meal cooking as it’s an easy couple of miles down to journey’s end at the Discovery Centre.

See the full route description here.

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