Instructions and FAQs


  • Q. What about parking at Avebury

Head to the car park at the top of Avebury Highstreet SN8 1RF. Should this car park be full a marshal will provide you with a permit for parking at Avebury Sports Club. Show this parking permit on your arrival or you will be turned away. Follow the arrows to the finish line, approx. 5 minute walk.


  • Q. I have already entered but I can't make it now

Contact racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com to request a refund. Refunds of 80% are allowed up until the 31st May. You can swap your place with another runner for free up until the 2nd August. No refunds past 31st May or swapped places past 2nd August. The event does not offer deferals.


  • Q. Can I run with a pacemaker, someone not competing

No. A competitor cannot run with a runner not entered in to the race as this is classed as assistance. An athlete gaining assistance is liable to disqualification.


  • Q. How can I contact the race organisers running up to, and during, the event?



Race Director, Tim Mitchell, 07917 364 364


  • Q. Can I change my start time on the day?


No, it is not possible to change your start time past the 2rd August.


  • Q. What size drop bag am I allowed?


About the size of a normal gym bag, a medium sized bag you'd normally carry some footwear and a change of clothes in. Your bag must weigh no more than 15Kg.

Bags are left at owner's risk. The event cannot transport plastic carrier bags.


  • Q. Why do I need to qualify?


The R86 hosts the UK Trail Running Championships Ultra Distance as recognised by UKA and British Athletics. It's important that runners compete against other ultra runners. By ensuring that all runners have recently run an ultra it promotes competition and fairness. Additonally qualifying gives the runner some indication of just how far 86 miles is and how long it may take.


  • Q. What should I do if my journey to the event is delayed?


Call 07917 364 364 and talk to Tim Mitchell, the Race Director. Be aware though that the event will start on time.


  • Q. How do I book a shuttlebus from my hotel to the registration point?


Email racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com with the name and location of your hotel. Ensure you receive a confirmation email as this will state your collection time. Local hotels are Tring and surrounding areas. Stoke Manderville, Layton Buzzard and Aylesbury are not local. No shuttlebus bookings taken past the 2nd of August.

The Premier Inn, Tring, is ideal.


  • Q. What mandatory kit do I need?


All runners need the following mandatory kit:

- A working mobile phone, contantly switched on

- Some reflective clothing for the night section

- A warm piece of clothing to be carried when leaving Goring, checkpoint 5

- Two torches, a headtorch and hand torch is best

- These are to be carried in the first half as often runners underestimate the time it will take to reach half way

- You will need one torch whilst you change batteries in the other

- All runners need to be carrying a head covering from the start, worn or otherwise.

- A cup as the event is cup-free


  • Q. Can I return to a checkpoint once I have passed through it?


Not adivsable, be sure you can make it to the next checkpoint before leaving your current one. Checkpoints will close once all runners are accounted for. The checkpoint may close behind you and before the stated time.


  • Q. What are the hours of darkness during the event, approximately?


20:30hrs Saturday evening to 06:30 Sunday morning.


  • Q. When does the last minibus leave Tring Train Station?


The last minibus will drive away at 09:30/11:30 exactly. Be aware though that the last registration is 09:30/11:30. This minibus is to take in to account any trains running late. The minibus staff will call the race director on your behalf informing him that you are late but will still make the start.


  • Q. I seem to be having payment problems, what can I do?


Sometimes payments are halted due to gateways thinking a payment is in some way questionable. Whilst this is frustrating it is there for good reason. If you are having problems paying contact racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com.





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