Project:
CANTERBURY TALES

Project:
CANTERBURY
TALES

PROJECT: CANTERBURY TALES


Some of you might remember Chaucer’s classic volume of 24 tales of medieval misadventure from English class at school. You might remember The Wife of Bath, The Miller, The Pardoner or The Knight; but you probably won’t know much of the route taken by that merry band as they make their way along this ancient Pilgrimage route from Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames to Canterbury, along the old Roman road of Watling Street.

We’ll pass through South London, Rochester and rural Kent to our fitting terminus at Canterbury Cathedral. And to be fully authentic, just as the Pilgrims did, we will attempt the final 3 miles barefoot. Upon completion, we will award you with your very own special-edition volume of the Canterbury Tales as a literary memento of your own Ultra Pilgrimage. We will then retire to a good pub in the town to recount our own Canterbury Tales, spend the night and have a hearty breakfast before departure.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A totally new and untraveled Ultra route (in modern times!)
– Supported pit stops en route with food and drinks
– Cosy pub accommodation at the mid-way point in Rochester and in Canterbury included in the price
– Not sure if the barefoot bit is a highlight! It is definitely a unique and memorable experience …!

 

 

Saturday 23rd March
The group meets at 0800, at the site of the old Tabard Inn in Southwark at which Chaucer’s journey begins. You will have all day (and into darkness for those who require it!) to make it to our first overnight, which is in comfy B and B lodgings at Rochester

Sunday 24th March
After a hearty breakfast to kick off day 2, you will leave Rochester and arrive in Canterbury, where we will finish at Canterbury Cathedral before transport to our accommodation. We will finish up the Challenge by getting the beers in with a complimentary round in a local pub; plus the presentation of your special-edition volumes of the Canterbury Tales as mementos of a job well done.

Both nights’ accommodation are included in the price of the trip. See Food/ Accommodation/ transport for more details.

Monday 25th March
Depart at your leisure. Breakfast provided and transfers to Canterbury West or East train station available by vehicle for those who wish to connect with train travel back to London and onwards.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your Pilgrim’s progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, running gear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), day packs rucksacks and personal overnight kit, such as washing gear and casual clothes. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather.  Given the team will be travelling together in a vehicle to and from the accommodation, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) instead of a suitcase, for comfort and safety of the team in transit. We will also insist on a head-torch and a high-visibility top/ vest/ tabard in case you find yourself travelling on the route in the dark.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 2/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 2/10
This is a run or walk challenge. You require no special skills although you should be confident moving for long durations on foot.

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect 2 long days on foot. 30 miles/ day is still 30 miles/ day. There is however enough time to run OR walk this journey. Whilst there will be an informal cut-off time in place for the group’s safety, we are intending to give everyone a decent crack at completing this journey so if you are a plodder, don’t worry.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • A full cooked breakfast on day 2 and 3
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Canterbury to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast on day 1 prior to departure
  • Dinner on nights 1 and 2
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the overnight accommodation

* Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. There will be plenty of places to stop for lunch, to buy supplies and you may of course bring your own foodstuffs too. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • B and B accommodation after Day 1, in Rochester
  • B and B accommodation after day 2, in Canterbury

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Any accommodation costs incurred in advance of the trip (i.e. the night before departure, in London)

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfers from the Finish and Starts of each Day’s stages to local accommodation
  • Transfers to train or bus stations in Canterbury after the Challenge has finished

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to the Start in Southwark, London
  • Onward travel from the Finish in Canterbury back to London and onwards

How far is the route? The route is approximately 60 miles over 2 days; 30 miles per day. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? Well, it’s 60 miles on foot over 2 days. BUT it’s relatively flat, on good surfaces and we are designing the Challenge for walkers and runners. You need to confident you can be on your feet all day for 2 days. But if you keep the legs turning, you’ll make it and achieve something great.

Do I need to run it all? Not at all. There will be some folk who wish to and that is fine. If you want to walk some or all of it, that is also fine. Our support will cater to both ends of the spectrum on this trip.

What type of terrain is it? A large part of the trip is on tarmac and quiet country roads. There are some nice off-road trail sections but nothing at all ‘gnarly.’ Remember that for a large part of this trip, you are in the built-up conurbation of South London; then the route opens up into countryside as you enter Kent.

What’s the story with the barefoot bit? It’s optional but it is a nod to the old Pilgrim’s route taken to Canterbury Cathedral, where the Pilgrims would walk the final 3 miles barefoot as a form of penance. You might feel you’ve committed penance enough by completing the route over 2 days (the Pilgrims of Olde took much longer than you!) but it’s a bit of fun if you fancy it.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine!

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in a built up area for a lot of the time so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you.

Where will we stay? We have lined up 2 cosy B and Bs for both night 1 (Rochester) and night 2 (Canterbury). Breakfast included both nights.

What is included? Check out the other tabs to see what we provide on kit/equipment and what is included as far as food/accommodation/transport. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes in Canterbury and the accommodation is located centrally in the town. Trains and buses are frequent back to London and journey time by train is between 1h and 1h45m dependent on route. Direct services go to London Victoria and St Pancras. Our vehicle can drop you at Canterbury West or East train station after breakfast on departure day.

 


23/24th MARCH
2019 
CANTERBURY

A double Ultra run/trek along Geoffrey Chaucer’s ancient Pilgrim Route.

Foot: 2 day 2 night
B+B accommodation, Satellite Tracking 2 Nights Stopover

    What do these mean?
Technical Rating 2/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£249

Price is per person

23/24th MARCH
2019 
CANTERBURY

A double Ultra run/trek along Geoffrey Chaucer’s ancient Pilgrim Route.

Foot: 2 day 2 night
B+B accommodation, Satellite Tracking 2 Nights Stopover

   
What do these mean?

Technical Rating 2/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£249

Price is per person

Some of you might remember Chaucer’s classic volume of 24 tales of medieval misadventure from English class at school. You might remember The Wife of Bath, The Miller, The Pardoner or The Knight; but you probably won’t know much of the route taken by that merry band as they make their way along this ancient Pilgrimage route from Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames to Canterbury, along the old Roman road of Watling Street.

We’ll pass through South London, Rochester and rural Kent to our fitting terminus at Canterbury Cathedral. And to be fully authentic, just as the Pilgrims did, we will attempt the final 3 miles barefoot. Upon completion, we will award you with your very own special-edition volume of the Canterbury Tales as a literary memento of your own Ultra Pilgrimage. We will then retire to a good pub in the town to recount our own Canterbury Tales, spend the night and have a hearty breakfast before departure.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A totally new and untraveled Ultra route (in modern times!)
– Supported pit stops en route with food and drinks
– Cosy pub accommodation at the mid-way point in Rochester and in Canterbury included in the price
– Not sure if the barefoot bit is a highlight! It is definitely a unique and memorable experience …!

 

 

Saturday 23rd March
The group meets at 0800, at the site of the old Tabard Inn in Southwark at which Chaucer’s journey begins. You will have all day (and into darkness for those who require it!) to make it to our first overnight, which is in comfy B and B lodgings at Rochester

Sunday 24th March
After a hearty breakfast to kick off day 2, you will leave Rochester and arrive in Canterbury, where we will finish at Canterbury Cathedral before transport to our accommodation. We will finish up the Challenge by getting the beers in with a complimentary round in a local pub; plus the presentation of your special-edition volumes of the Canterbury Tales as mementos of a job well done.

Both nights’ accommodation are included in the price of the trip. See Food/ Accommodation/ transport for more details.

Monday 25th March
Depart at your leisure. Breakfast provided and transfers to Canterbury West or East train station available by vehicle for those who wish to connect with train travel back to London and onwards.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your Pilgrim’s progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, running gear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), day packs rucksacks and personal overnight kit, such as washing gear and casual clothes. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather.  Given the team will be travelling together in a vehicle to and from the accommodation, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) instead of a suitcase, for comfort and safety of the team in transit. We will also insist on a head-torch and a high-visibility top/ vest/ tabard in case you find yourself travelling on the route in the dark.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 2/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 2/10
This is a run or walk challenge. You require no special skills although you should be confident moving for long durations on foot.

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect 2 long days on foot. 30 miles/ day is still 30 miles/ day. There is however enough time to run OR walk this journey. Whilst there will be an informal cut-off time in place for the group’s safety, we are intending to give everyone a decent crack at completing this journey so if you are a plodder, don’t worry.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • A full cooked breakfast on day 2 and 3
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Canterbury to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast on day 1 prior to departure
  • Dinner on nights 1 and 2
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the overnight accommodation

* Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. There will be plenty of places to stop for lunch, to buy supplies and you may of course bring your own foodstuffs too. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • B and B accommodation after Day 1, in Rochester
  • B and B accommodation after day 2, in Canterbury

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Any accommodation costs incurred in advance of the trip (i.e. the night before departure, in London)

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfers from the Finish and Starts of each Day’s stages to local accommodation
  • Transfers to train or bus stations in Canterbury after the Challenge has finished

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to the Start in Southwark, London
  • Onward travel from the Finish in Canterbury back to London and onwards

How far is the route? The route is approximately 60 miles over 2 days; 30 miles per day. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? Well, it’s 60 miles on foot over 2 days. BUT it’s relatively flat, on good surfaces and we are designing the Challenge for walkers and runners. You need to confident you can be on your feet all day for 2 days. But if you keep the legs turning, you’ll make it and achieve something great.

Do I need to run it all? Not at all. There will be some folk who wish to and that is fine. If you want to walk some or all of it, that is also fine. Our support will cater to both ends of the spectrum on this trip.

What type of terrain is it? A large part of the trip is on tarmac and quiet country roads. There are some nice off-road trail sections but nothing at all ‘gnarly.’ Remember that for a large part of this trip, you are in the built-up conurbation of South London; then the route opens up into countryside as you enter Kent.

What’s the story with the barefoot bit? It’s optional but it is a nod to the old Pilgrim’s route taken to Canterbury Cathedral, where the Pilgrims would walk the final 3 miles barefoot as a form of penance. You might feel you’ve committed penance enough by completing the route over 2 days (the Pilgrims of Olde took much longer than you!) but it’s a bit of fun if you fancy it.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine!

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in a built up area for a lot of the time so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you.

Where will we stay? We have lined up 2 cosy B and Bs for both night 1 (Rochester) and night 2 (Canterbury). Breakfast included both nights.

What is included? Check out the other tabs to see what we provide on kit/equipment and what is included as far as food/accommodation/transport. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes in Canterbury and the accommodation is located centrally in the town. Trains and buses are frequent back to London and journey time by train is between 1h and 1h45m dependent on route. Direct services go to London Victoria and St Pancras. Our vehicle can drop you at Canterbury West or East train station after breakfast on departure day.