5000 years in 86 miles,

the R86

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This page contains the concise information about the Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles and some background. Press can use this information and links for their releases.

Who Organises the Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles?

The Trail Running Association organises the event.

Anthony Taylor was the lead organiser until 2012, then Tim Mitchell to present day.

The Trail Running Associations (TRA) is an association of British Athletics and is responsible for the Trail Running Championships. These are Short, Middle and Ultra.


The Course

The event begins at the start of the Ridgeway proper at Ivinghoe Beacon and ends at Avebury Stone Circle (Avebury High Street). The course is just over 86miles, 138km.


Naming Conventions

The full name of the event is: The Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles

This is abbrieviated to: R86, or, The R86.

The event incorporates the: UK Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships

Collectively: The Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles incorporating the UK Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships.

The R86 is the official trail running championships as recognised by British Athletics.


Why two start times?

There are two start times to allow for mixed abilities. 10:00 runners are not competing in the UK Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships, they are competing to finish only. 12:00 runners have two hours less than 10:00 runners. 12:00 runners are competing in the UK Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships.


There are other events that race to the stones at Avebury, how is the R86 different?

The R86 is the only event that covers the entire length apart from the section from Fyfieled Down to The Sanctuary, about one and half miles. The R86 is the only trail event organised by the TRA, the Association resoponsible for arranging Trail Running Championships. It is the only Ridgeway event that requires entrants to qualify for entry by running at least a marathon distance event prior to application.


Course Records

The current course records:

2015 Dan Lawson, 12:07

2015 Jess Gray, 14:17







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