Route: Monarch's Way (UK)

Location
United Kingdom
Description

The Monarch's Way is a 615-mile (990 km)[1] long-distance footpath in England that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.[2] It runs from Worcester via Bristol and Yeovil to Brighton. All of the footpath is waymarked.

Some more information is available here:  http://www.monarchsway.50megs.com/index.html

Note that the precise ("Gold Standard") route was recently mapped by Lee-Stuart Evans, based on the definitive books by Trevor Antill, and acknowledged as the "Gold Standard" route by John Tennant of the Monarch's Way Association.  This is the route that should be used for FKT attempts, and details (GPS files) should be available from the Monarch's Way Association.  The Monarch's Way Ultra uses a more direct route that is also consistent with the guidebooks, according to RD Lindley Chambers. Course records for the race will likely be kept on the Challenge Running UK website.  The track on our map below is NOT precise to the FKT route, but is provided as a general outline of the route.  The MWA acknowledges "End-to-Enders" - those who have completed the entire route - but does not require strict adherence to the "Gold Standard" route for this, and makes no attempt to verify End-to-End claims.

There were 3 finishers of the (May) 2018 Monarch's Way Ultra, and these have been listed on the Monarch's Way Association website as end-to-end finishers.  The fastest time was set by Oriol Antoli Sarrau at 12d10h37m27s. But, since the race route differed significantly from the "Standard" route we are not acknowledging this as the FKT for the Standard route.  A video from the race is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OnzcBcCRs8&feature=youtu.be

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