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The Druid’s Challenge

9:00am Fri 8th Nov 2019
1 Town Farm Flats, Icknield Way, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9EL, UK
Run 84mi
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Tickets £58–£180

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  • Trails
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  • 150 participants

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You'll be following in the footsteps of travellers, herdsmen and soldiers who have used the Ridgeway since prehistoric times. Be entranced by the ancient landscapes, hidden valleys, beautiful downland and woodland.

As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Druid's Challenge so you can focus on the experience!

Distances in this event

  1. 84 Mile Route

    Run 84mi
    9:00am Fri 8th Nov 2019
    £58–£180
    Tickets available
What’s Included

Overnight accommodation

Evening meals

Showers

Breakfast

Food and drink at checkpoints

Free parking

Inspiring guest speakers in the evening

Transportation to and from local stations at Tring and Swindon
Course Details
A broad track that takes the higher ground, the Ridgeway is a unique route that passes through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), often quite a distance from any towns or villages, giving a real sense of peace and seclusion. You'll experience open views of the rolling chalk downland, peppered with ancient monuments including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and white horse chalk figures. It's a National Trail with plenty of clear signposts and post discs. You'll also be given a route card, designed to get you through any trickier sections.
Raceday Logistics
START TIME(S) -

Full 3 day package - including accommodation and food - 3 waves between 10:00 and 12:00
Enter Day 1 (9th November) - 3 waves between 10:00 and 12:00
Enter Day 2 (10th November) - 3 waves between 07:00 and 09:00
Enter Day 3 (11th November) - 3 waves between 07:00 and 09:00
Full - without accommodation or food - 3 waves between 10:00 and 12:00
Travel

Getting to and from the event

There are plenty of options for reaching the start and finish points of the Druid's Challenge:


By train

To the start

Trains run regularly from London Euston to Tring, taking roughly 35 minutes. Note that the first train leaves Euston at 06:54 on Friday.


We'll be running a minibus shuttle from Tring Station before the start times, transporting you to the registration point. We can also pick up those arriving in the evening at Princes Risborough Station from 18.00. Just let us know whether you plan to use our shuttle and your train times when you book.


From the finish

On Sunday, you'll be able to catch a train from Swindon to London Paddington or onwards towards the South West. We'll be running a minibus shuttle from the finish to Swindon Station regularly - it's a 20 minute journey.


Park at the finish - coach to the start

We have arranged for competitors to be able to leave cars at the Sunday finish (Alexandra Hotel, Wroughton, SN4 0QJ) on Friday morning and book a place on a coach to the start. This means that your car will be at the finish ready for when you get there on Sunday.


We have also arranged for a discount at a local hotel (De Vere Alexandra House) for the night before the event (Thursday), so you can head over ahead of picking up the coach on Friday morning - tell them XNRG sent you when booking. There are other large hotels near the M4 Swindon Junction as well.


The coach will leave at 07.00 on Friday morning to reach the start. Depending on traffic, walkers might need to join the main group of runners when they start at 11.00.


Coach tickets are £30 per person, and can be booked as an 'additional purchase' on the booking system, or email us at [email protected]


Other transport options


After the event, our minibuses and some cars will need to return to the Tring area on Sunday evening. We may be able to transport some people back to the start with us. If you'd like a lift, let us know and be prepared to wait while we finish packing up. We'd recommend making your own arrangements, but we'll do what we can to accommodate your requirements.

Kit List

The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone and a minimum 500ml of water, but it's worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.


Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.

Volunteers
We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Say hello on [email protected]
FAQs
Entries
You can enter the whole weekend event including food and accommodation or individual days.

Entries will close one week before the event (or when full). A waitlist option will be available if the event becomes fully booked.

Pricing options:

Early bird - £160 before 30th April 2019
Standard entry - £180, from 1st May 2019
Late entry - £195, from 1st October 2019

There is a Mercure Hotel 20 minutes from the finish of day 1 and a Premier Inn a few miles away from day 2 overnight location. So, why not book the full event (no accommodation or food) option and have a comfortable bed instead? Scroll down for more information about hotel pick-ups.

Full event without accommodation or food - £150

Single day - £58
Optional accommodation for single day competitors - £25 per night

There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us: [email protected]
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    Aiden W27th Apr
    Can I still get accommodation for the full event if I enter?

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    Steph E29th Apr
    Hey there, just to let you know that if you enter now you can still get the full accommodation package, I would get it quick as it sells out pretty quick! All the best!

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