Beating Some Fastest Known Times: The Aylesbury Ring and South Bucks Way

By Hugh Beedell

I ran the Aylesbury Ring on 21 November 2020 as part of the Camino Ultra Virtual 50km and attempted to beat the Fastest Known Time of 7hr7mins.

I started at the Wendover Clock Tower. The route was nice and muddy throughout with some parts shin deep in mud and water. It was beautiful though, winding through the villages of Great Kimble, Dinton, Hardwick, Rowsham and Astrope. Lots of pretty old churches, ploughed fields and rolling hills to keep me busy. Then along the canal from Aston Clinton to Wendover for a nice quick finish, back at the clock tower. 

I finished in 5hr3 mins, to knock off over 2 hours from the old record

After recovering from that, the next was the South Bucks Way on 1 December 2020, with a friend, starting up at the top of Coombe Hill for a stunning sunrise over Wendover.

From there, we headed towards Little Hampden, up and down the hills, then over to Great Missenden and up to Little Kingshill, which offered some nice views, but nothing like the start.

Then it was down along the valley towards Amersham, the Chalfonts and then the last stretch into Denham, finishing up on the canal to make it 23 miles of trail fun. Much better conditions than the ring and more fun with good company.

We had a sprint at the end to beat the current Fastest Known Time by just 2 minutes and finished it in 3hr43mins. Another great challenge for anyone in the club.