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05/07/2020
The 2020 Longmynd Hike has been cancelled see here for further details.


The Longmynd Hike Committee have been made aware that Social media is being used to organise an alternative Hike in the absence of the official event. Please do not take part in such activities. The official Hike has been cancelled to not only protect the health of those that take part but to stop a large gathering of people potentially transmitting Coronavirus to local people.

The Hike relies on the support and goodwill of people in Church Stretton, of landowners and of residents around the route. They allow us access to their privately owned land and let us use their buildings, and farmyards for our checkpoints, communications relay points and support vehicles. They willingly supply water and electricity for checkpoints. Please don't compromise the safety of these people. Please don't antagonise these people. Please don't jeopardise the relationships built up over many years. We understand that many of you have been in training for the official Longmynd Hike, but it would be a great shame if the actions of a few meant that there was no event to train for next year due to the local community withdrawing their support and permission. Do not allow the few to spoil this great event and do not partake in any alternative being arranged for the first weekend in October.

 

The Longmynd Hike is a 50 mile competition hike open to anyone aged 18 or over, which takes place over the first weekend of October every year.

 

The route: The hike follows a set figure-of-eight route over the rugged countryside of South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, with about 8,000 feet of climbing covering eight summits. The start is at 13:00 hours on the Saturday from Church Stretton and the object is to complete the course in under 24 hours. Church Stretton School is used as the hike HQ for the weekend and is where registration and kit check takes place, car parking is available and all hikers must report here first. The hike starts from a location to the East of the A49. The route is detailed in the "Hike Route" section of this site.

 

Safety: Suitable footwear must be worn, waterproofs and a specified amount (or more) of safety equipment must be carried, which is fully detailed in the rules. All checkpoints are linked by radio to the hike HQ at the school, first aid and rescue/sweep teams provide backup and transport is provided from retirement points back to the school for competiors who are unable to complete the route.

 

What is provided: Drinks are provided for competitors at roadside checkpoints and the school. The school also provides breakfast for competitors from early on the Sunday, has showers available and classrooms for sleeping. Everyone who starts the hike receives a certificate of their achievement showing the distance completed and time taken, the souvenir tally carried en-route is returned with the certificate. Your friends and family can track your progress around the course on the FellTrack.com website.

 

Trophies: 12 individual trophies and two team trophies are awarded.

 

Results: A list of finishers and winners will be available, the list will also be published on this website as soon as practical after the event ends.

 

The Hike is organised by 2nd Longmynd Scout Group.

 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of:

Land Rover logo Shukers (Ludlow) Land Rover
Boultons logo Boultons of Shropshire
Caradoc Coaches logo Caradoc Coaches
Wildes Plant Hire logo Wildes Plant Hire
SWS Broadband logo SWS Broadband
Superfast Broadband where other providers can't reach. . .
Bayfield Vehicle Hire logo Bayfield Vehicle Hire

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
Raynet Raynet
Pre-Hospital Care Consultancy Pre-Hospital Care Consultancy

 

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