Apocalypse 100

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The Apocalypse 100 begins at The National Trust centre in Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton.

The course will be the same as the fearsome 2014, 2015 course. It is not for the faint hearted. Cordon, Stiperstones, and the Long Mynd are three words which still haunt the dreams of those who tackled the course.

The route heads West, climbing out of Carding Mill Valley on Marches Way to the CP1; a self-clip l on Pole Bank. It continues West, past Medlocott, and Coates,  crosses The Shropshire Way on Adstone Hill. West still, to skirt around Black Rhadley to reach first manned (and delightfully located) CP2 on the Linley Estate at mile 9.

You then embark on the West “Conquest” loop visiting 3 unmanned CPs.It is a 10 mile section via Fishpool, then using the recognised ascent route up Corndon Hill. ‘Conquering’ Cordon is indeed the main focus of this loop. Cordon is an ancient volcanic mound and site and many iron age burial cairns. The burial mounds of past ultra runners who failed to conquer Cordon (CP3) and died half way up! If you make it you will descend next to Lan Fawr (Big Hill), before heading South beside Todleth Hill through a truly Apocalyptic woods (CP4) to Llanerch, then 2k road section to a join a wide track and really enjoyable descent in between Heath Mynd and Cefn Gunthly to return to the manned CP (now CP5) at mile 19.

You attention now turns North East where you run the length of the famous Stiperstones. We couldn’t send you to the Apocalypse without a meeting  the Devil, or at least his throne, so you will pass The Devil’s chair on the way.  No time to try it out for size, you continue on the Shopshire Way initially, then and then past The Hollies, before swinging East down Huglith Hill, to Pulverbatch, Church Pulverbatch and finally to  Longden Common to reach The Red Lion Pub, CP6 at mile 30.

You will then face the North “famine” loop. Indeed it is a famine of hills to climb, as this is an easy and fairly flat section in and around Longsden and Pontesbury, which will give you time to recover. The famine ends with a punishing ascent of Earl’s Hill at mile 37 before the return journey through Oaks Wood to the Red Lion and CP10 at mile 41.

You now head South East to join the Shropshire Way all the way to Betchcott Hills, then (CP11), where you join The Portway to Robin Hood Butts, then it’s along to Motts Road to retrace your steps for the last 1.5 mile descent into Carding Mill Valley back to the HQ to the half way point.

Should you choose to continue, then you venture around (not up)  Caer Caradoc, into Cardington and onto Plaish before a gentle ascent of Wenlock Edge to reach Easthope Wood and CP13 at Mile 60.

The East “War” loop sees you head North East along Wenlock Edge do to battle with Ippikin! Ippikin was the 13th century Robber Knight of Wenlock Edge. You will head near Ippikins rock, which according to legend covers a cave where Ippikin hid his ill gotten gains. One night Ippikin and his band were sheltering from a violent storm when a bolt of lightning struck the rock overhanging the entrance to the cave, causing it to fall across the entrance and trapping Ippikin for eternity. As you pass Ippikins rock we dare you to challenge the Knight to battle . Legend says you must say out loud: “Ippikin, Ippikin, keep away with your long chin.” Those foolhardy enough to challenge the murderous knight to ‘keep away with his long chin’ will find out to their cost as Ippikin apparently rushes out and pushes them over the adjacent cliff to their death. You have been warned.

Should you defeat Ippikin, you head towards Much Wenlock, veering down (CP14) toward Blakeway Farm descending Wenloch Edge, over some fields to CP15, into Hughley, before swinging back to Easthope Wood and CP 16 at mile 70.

The next section is simply a wonderful  run along the entire length of Wenlock Edge to reach Strefford CP17 at mile 80

The Southern loop is the last and consequently names “Death”.  Not only is it a long way into the route it features two very sharp climbs which will finish you off! You head to Strefford and then Cravewn Arms. Once through Craven Arms you scale the heights of Norton Camp (Bronze Age Hill fort), and then descend into Norton and Bache.You then climb half of Callow Hill before contoring the rest by heading towards Hill End Form, veering left just before and maiking your way through Callow Hill Woods and back to Strefford CP21 and mile 90.

Finally, It’s back up to the top of the Long Mynd via Prior’s Holt, over footpaths that cross the glider field (they may well be flying, so use caution!) then along to Pole Bank  (CP22) and descend back into Carding Mill Valley

The course profile is shown below. It features over 4,300 m of ascent and descent).

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The map pack; you can download it here.  It contains 2 x low resolution PDFs that cover the whole course, a GPX file, a Memory Map file and a Google Earth KML file.

Garmin Basecamp GPS download (May 10th) here.