Race all the Ridgeway to Avebury Stones, the R86


  • Q. Ok, there's a delay with the medals, what does that mean on the day?

Every runner successfully completing the course will receive the current R86 medal, or variation.  You'll take away a medal on the day.

  • Q. Will I receive the new medal?

Yes, every runner successfully completing the course will have the new medal sent to them by post, to the address provided when they entered.

  • Q. Will I still be awesome?

Yes, you'll still be awesome, having your awesomeness boosted when you receive your shiny new R86 medal through the post.

  • Q.      Is there a GPS file I can download?

Yes, from PC only, there are several formats to download from eventrac.co.uk.

Once you are on the Eventrac.co.uk page scroll down the page until you see this.



Click on Download Course and then select your format from the selection shown then follow on-screen instructions.



This link will take you to Eventrac.co.uk where you can start the above steps.



  • Q.      What about parking at Avebury?

Follow the R86 Car Park signs.  When arriving at the car park follow the marshal's instructions.  The walk to the finish line takes about five minutes.


  • 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 - extened for 2019 only.  Refunds will be given in line with the refund policy so-long-as there are over 165 entries.  You can swap your place with another runner for free up until the 2nd August.  No refunds or swapped places past 2nd August.  The event does not offer deferrals.


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

No.  A competitor cannot run with an athlete 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 2nd August.

  • Q.      Ca How old do I need to be to enter?


All entrants must be 20, or over, on the day of the event.


  • 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 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.  Additionally 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 the Premier Inn Tring or Pendley Manor?


Email racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com.  Ensure you receive a confirmation email as this will state your collection time.  Hotel pick-ups are from the Premier Inn Tring and Pendley Manor.  No new shuttle bus bookings past the 7nd August.


  • Q.      What mandatory kit do I need?


All runners need the following mandatory kit:

- A working mobile phone, constantly 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 advisable, 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?


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

  • Q.     Is the course easy to navigate?


The course follows the Ridgeway National Trail and is waymarked throughout as such.  Navigation throughout is along established trails.  Runners are advised to check for sign posts at each junction to maintain their route and confidence especially at night even if you know your way.  Most runners say the course is easy to follow.

Should you wish to run with a map then look for Harvey Ridgeway Map.  Mark the checkpoints on the map and keep it handy.  Maps are only useful if you know how to read them.


  • 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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