The Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles (138km), The R86, is a fully supported continuous running event that starts at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring and ends at Avebury Stone Circle. The route is 86 miles along The Ridgeway National Trail, a 5000 year old trackway through the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs (along Grim’s Ditch for several miles), Barbury Castle and Liddington Castle (hill forts) en route, way marked throughout with 1929m (6328 feet) ascent 1991m (6532 feet) descent. The event usually hosts the British Trail Running Championships Ultra Distance though cancelled for 2021 due to Covid.
The event is organised by and permitted by the Trail Running Association. The race permit number for 2021 will be shown here when available. Held under UK Athletics Rules for Competition.
You can find information here about qualifying, choosing a start time and entry pricing.
The event provides selected hotel pickups and train station shuttles!
Maps and checkpoint locations are contained within these pages.
You'll enjoy the event more once you've read this information and checked-out the interactive map.
The TRA is an associate member of UK Athletics (UKA). Through this association with UKA, the TRA is responsible for the management of the British Trail Running Championships.