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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Earlier items- still relevant
Temporary Diversions on Stages 1 and 5 Further Extended
There may be diversions in Ironbridge from 30th September 2019, possibly lasting as long as November 2020. The effect on the route is relatively small and is on a part where we use the Severn Way. Diversions should be signposted by the contractors.
Currently, February 2020, we are advising there is a diversion between Jackfield and Ironbridge. Going clockwise : Continue on the track past the level crossing gates, as in the route description, until you get to the footpath closed sign. Go right up a short slope to a path that leads to the rail bridge, turn right onto this path and go straight on down past houses to Riverside Road, turn, cross the road and cross over the Jackfield free bridge , then turn left and walk uphill along the road to Ironbridge. When you get to Severn Way steps just past Valentino Row go down the steps on the left and follow the riverside footpath path past 'coracle shed' and continue to the Iron bridge.
Or an alternative, slightly shorter, but less scenic route:-
Don't cross the Jackfield bridge. Turn left and walk uphill along the road to hairpin where you turn right into Ladywood (signed Ironbridge CP) and walk through Ironbridge car park to the Ironbridge.
Also, you need wellingtons to follow the route South of the Little
Dawley Pools currently (Jan 2020). You can take a route slightly to
your Left (going Clockwise ) to avoid this.
Guide Book Launch & Walk- July 27th 2019
We have launched the new 84-page guidebook to the trail, written by Anne Suffolk. As well as the route description, the guidebook includes details of the history and the ecology along the trail. All this for just £5.00. The book was launched by Cllr Carolyn Healy , Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy & The World Heritage Site, in the foyer of Southwater library at 10.30 am on July 27th. To celebrate the launch, we held a rather wet 4-mile circular walk, incorporating the start and end of the trail and Randlay Valley. The guide book is now available at the Town Park Visitor Centre , Half-Way House on the Wrekin, Seaton Sports, and Perry's Cycles in Wellington, all the Ironbridge Museum Trust shops, Pengwern Books and the Museum Information Centre in Shrewsbury or by post (plus £2 for postage & packing) here or on Ebay. New: it is now in Waterstones in Telford Town Centre
Roll of Honour / Hall of Fame /Certificates
If you have completed the trail, no matter how long it took you, and you would like to be listed on this page please contact us, If you would like a certificate like the one pictured , please tell us the date (or e.g. March- July 2019) , and anything special like a charity you supported or your time. We will email the certificate to you as a pdf.