The Druid’s Challenge

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This 84 mile ultra adventure takes runners across the historic Ridgeway, past ancient landscapes, hidden valleys and so much more. Whether you're up for all 3 days, or just want to take on 1 day, theres something for all abilities.
Participants
3 Day Weekender, Day 1, Day 2, and 1 more
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Calendar
Fri 12th Nov 2021
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Tring, United Kingdom
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The event experience
Elevation

20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Start times
3 Day Weekender:
9:00am |
Day 1:
11:00am |
Day 2:
8:00am |
Day 3 :
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Druid’s Challenge
Day 2
PathWithPin
26.6mi
£65.00 - £95.00
Day 3
PathWithPin
28.3mi
£65.00 - £95.00
Day 1
PathWithPin
29.3mi
£65.00 - £95.00
3 Day Weekender
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84mi
£160.00 - £190.00
Route information
A three day, 84-mile, 134k, ultra marathon crossing the historic Ridgeway. Entrants will follow 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.
There are 3 options that entrants can choose to enter when signing up:
  • Walkers: 3 miles per hour (20-minute miles)
  • Main Start: 4-6 miles per hour (10-minute miles)
  • Elite Group: 7-9 miles per hour (<10-minute miles)
What's included
  • Free parking
  • Marked route
  • Medical support
  • Toilets, showers, and changing facilities
  • Breakfast and evening meals
  • Fully stocked checkpoints
  • Guest speakers
  • Bag transport
  • Finisher's T-shirt & Medal
  • Free action photos
  • Prizes for winners, runners up, and age-group winners
Train
How to get there
Tring Park Cricket Club, London Rd, Tring HP23 6HA, UK
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Day 1 Start Location: HP23 GHA
Day 1 Finish & Day 2 Start Location: OX49 5RB
Day 2 Finish & Day 3 Start Location: OX11 8AY
Day 3 Finish Location: SN4 0QJ
By Train
To The Start: Trains run regularly from London Marylebone to Tring, and take approximately 35 minutes. It's a short shuttle ride from the Station to the Registration point.
Shuttle
There is a free shuttle which entrants have the option to use to collect them from the train station and transport them to the start line.
Accommodation
Entrants will stay at Icknield Community College in Watlington on the first night and Didcot Leisure centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, OX11 8AY on the second night, with sleeping accommodation in a large hall.
Hotels
For those who choose to stay at a hotel, there will be shuttles running from each of these 3 hotels. If you're planning to stay somewhere else, please make sure you've booked taxis to and from the event.
  • Thursday Night - Alexander Hotel, Swindon (for those taking the coach to the start on Friday morning), or the Premier Inn, Tring close to the start
  • Friday night - The Mercure Hotel, Watlington
  • Saturday night - Premier Inn Milton Interchange, Abingdon
Parking
There will be free parking at the event site for entrants.
Event day logistics
Day 1
08:00 Registration Opens
09:30 Walkers Briefing
10:00 Walkers Start
10:30 Main Group Briefing
11:00 Main Group Start
11:30 Elite Briefing
12:00 Elite Start
18:00 Evening Meal
Day 2
06:00 Breakfast
06:30 Registration Opens
06:45 Walkers Briefing
07:00 Walkers Start
07:45 Main Group Briefing
08:00 Main Group Start
08:45 Elite Briefing
09:00 Elite Start
18:00 Evening Meal
Day 3
06:00 Breakfast
06:30 Registration Opens
06:45 Walkers Briefing
07:00 Walkers Start
07:45 Main Group Briefing
08:00 Main Group Start
08:45 Elite Briefing
09:00 Elite Start
Race Numbers
Race numbers will be given at registration on Day 1 of the event, and you will keep it for the duration of the event.
Recommended Running Kit List
  • Running shoes or walking boots
  • Running gear
  • Thermal top
  • Warm hat
  • Whistle
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottles or bladder
  • Emergency silver blanket
  • Mobile phone fully charged
  • Head torch and spare batteries (absolutely vital)
  • Long trousers / leggings
Recommended Overnight Kit List
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat *contact us if you want to hire a camp bed*
  • Comfortable clothing for the evening
  • Wash kit including towel
  • Ear plugs/Eye covers
  • Book / iPod for relaxation
  • Mobile phone/GPS watch charger.
  • Money for refreshments and snacks
  • Change of running clothing for each days running
  • Blister plasters / iodine / antiseptic – foot care kit
Backpack
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 the recommended kit list.
Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.
FAQ's
Can you sign up for the Druid’s Challenge on the day?
No, the sign ups will close one week before the event and you can join the waitlist if the event is filled.
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What's the challenge?
Competitors will race from Buckinghamshire to Wilshire taking the oldest roadway in the UK over 3 days.
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At what time does the Druid’s Challenge start?
Registration opens at 8am Friday at Tring Cricket Club, London Rd, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6HA.
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What do I need for the overnight stops?
For the overnights, you will need a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, towel and comfortable clothing and footwear to wear in the evening.
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Can I bring a bag, and if so how much luggage can I bring?
It is recommended that each competitor brings a reasonably-sized bag which can hold your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, overnight gear and a change of clothes for each day of running. These bags will be transported to each location each day.
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Can I charge my electronics at the overnight stops?
Yes, there will be multiple extension leads around the hall.
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Recent Questions
Aiden West
4/27/2019
Can I still get accommodation for the full event if I enter?
Steph Ede
4/29/2019
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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