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For the second year running the sun came out for the walkers on the Saturday 10km Woodhenge Womble which probably accounted for the higher than expected turnout of 80 walkers.  Although sunny there was a fresh wind and it keep walkers moving to keep warm but the late starters certainly felt the temperature drop as the sun went down.  With a new  section added to the route the distance stretched out to nearly 12kms giving everyone a good chance to stretch their legs in preparation for the following days walk.

In contrast to the previous day Sunday was dull and overcast first thing in the morning and didn’t really improve much during the day with an hour of drizzly rain about midday.  The car parks filled up as just over 500 entrants signed on for their choice of routes before setting off prepared for the normal sticky going.  However the conditions weren’t nearly as bad underfoot as most expected as the recent strong winds had dried a lot of the wet tracks.  It wouldn’t be the Stomp if there was no mud and as to be expected at this time of the year most encountered enough to keep them happy.  Good to find that almost everyone was back at the Sports Centre by the closing time with the few still left out being accounted for.  As has become an annual event the canteen at the finish soon became a focal point where walkers meet up for the first social gathering of the year.

Thanks to all the marshals out on the route for keeping everybody supplied with drinks, biscuits and sweets at the checkpoints.

So for the 28th year of the event we once again can be grateful that the weather held up and wasn’t as bad as was forecast.  Always a bit of a risk putting on an event at this time of the year but nice to find the weather gods smiled on us again.

For those that came - well done and hope to see you all next year.

Please check back later for details of the 2017 event.

The Stomp weekend is normally held on the last complete weekend in January. The Woodhenge Womble, 10kms [6 miles] takes place on Saturday afternoon and the Stonehenge Stomp, on the Sunday, has a choice of 10/20/30 or 40km [5/12/19/25 mile] routes

2016 Stomp