2020 News

T50 Relay - New Fastest Times

Congratulations to Wrekin Road Runners who have set a new time for the relay, running last Saturday (October 24th ) they had a open team and ran in 8 hours 6 minutes and 18 secs. This is faster than the fastest known solo run and so is the fastest known completion time. Congratulations too to Shropshire Canicross who ran as a mixed team on October 11th in 9 hours 20 minutes and 6 seconds taking almost 40 minutes off their previous time.

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2020 AGM Friends of the Telford T50 50 Mile Trail

The 2020 AGM  was held by Zoom on October 13th.  We welcomed 2 new committee members.   The papers for the meeting can be downloaded from  the file share.   There is one vacancy on the committee, we are particularly keen to strengthen our representation from South Telford. Please contact us if you are interested in helping to develop the use of the trail. 

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Shropshire Way Festival

We contributed a walk to the Shropshire Way Festival on Monday 21st September.

Full details on the events page.

The full programme for the festival is here

Walk 3 on the programme also uses the T50 , others are in the Telford area.

New Record times

Congratulations to Dave Ufc Stevens who ran the T50 

on 26th July 2020 in a new record time of 8 hours 25 mins

raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital

and to Phill Birkett who ran on 8th August in the anticlockwise direction in a new record time of 8 hours  24 minutes 30 seconds raising money for The REME charity

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T50 heroes

On July 5th, Iris, 85, the oldest, Will, 8, the youngest, Matt, the fastest (11 hours 13 mins) on the clockwise route, and Chas, the walker to have walked the whole route the most often (6 times) were kindly photographed by Derek Houghton at the sign. There are more photos on our Facebook page.

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The Relay Challenge  2020

We will now be running the challenge just once in 2020

  • Clockwise in July to October 

New for this year- an open class (minimum 4 runners) , the original is now called the mixed class and needs a minimum of 3 females and 3 runners aged 50+ (so a minimum of 6 runners).   See the relay challenge page

Circular Walks

Spurred on by the Covid 19  restrictions we have made progress on circular walks based on the trail, there is still more work to be done but you can see our progress here.

New File store for the GPX files and new mapping

Spurred on by developing the circular walks we have made a file share available so that all the GPX files are in one place and there is no need to visit the OS site to download them.

Also we are trying RunGo to give turn by turn directions for the circular walks. These can, and will be, customised. So far it seems to be very good, it has a facility to reverse the route, would have saved hours of work last year. 

Jim Cox

We are very sorry to announce that Jim Cox, one of the original group, died on Saturday March 7th after collapsing while acting as a marshall at an LDWA event the previous Saturday.  Jim was one of the team of 2 that surveyed, waymarked and described sections 6 and 7 of the route. His quiet contribution will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family

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Anne wins a national Ramblers award

We are pleased to announce that Anne Suffolk has been awarded a national Ramblers volunteer award for her work on the T50 , particularly on the guide book and also her other work for the Ramblers nationally. See https://www.ramblers.org.uk/…/rewarding-our…/innovation.aspx

Water on the trail

We were told that there would definitely be a water fountain near Telford Town Centre visitor centre by Easter. This is now on hold.There is a list of refill stations on or very near to the trail here 

Getting Telford Walking - Not now on May 24th 2020

 Following last years' successful event we were planning another in May. This has now been cancelled , or possibly postponed to the autumn. 

See the GTW page