27, 17 or 12 miles in 10 hours from Great Ponton Village, Grantham, Lincolnshire
The Ponton Plod was started in 2007 by Stuart and Kath Ashley with a choice of two distances, 17 or 27 miles and attracted an entry of 89 which was a reasonable number for the first year. In 2009 it was decided to introduce a shorter 12-mile route to try and attract more local walkers who may not want to do a longer distance. Although this attracted a few local walkers it attracted a lot of club runners. Since then entry numbers have increased most years and saw our largest entry in 2019 with 273 entrants about 70% of these were runners. The event was not run in 2014 due to ill health.
Since 2017 the event has been organised by Notfast Running Club (who have assisted on the day for most years) with Stuart Ashley still being part of the organising team.
The proceeds of the event in 2020 will go to CASY (Counselling and support for young people) and Besso Childrens Home in Hosur, India The event starts and finishes at The Village Centre, Great Ponton, near Grantham and all routes use footpaths, bridleways, tracks and minor roads towards The Vale of Belvoir, the longer routes passing through several picturesque villages. Checkpoints serving refreshments and drinks (hot at some checkpoints) are situated at about 6-mile intervals and home made soup and puddings are provided at the finish, all included in the entry fee.
Certificates (if required) are given to all finishers, tee shirts are available to purchase.
Starting time (runners & walkers) for 17 and 27 mile routes is 08.30 and for the 12 mile route 09.30.