Q. How can I request to start with another runner or runners?

    As the Covid threat has subsided the Race Director no longer deems it necessary to have spit starts.  Runners that entered for the 10am to 11am slot will start at 10am, 11am to 12pm will start at 12pm, midday.  Start times can be changed up to the 14th August.

    Q. How will I know my start time?

    The start list will be published on the ridgewaychallenge.com website after the 14th August.

    Q.  The course now goes through Ogbourne St George, how will I know when to turn off?

    The diversion will be signposted throughout with an arrow indicating the initial right turn.  The diversion is there to avoid the road crossing at Southend.  The course length is slightly shorter though remains more than 86 miles.

    Q. Is there a GPS file I can download?

    Yes, GPX and KMZ versions are available. Visit the Useful Downloads and Links page on this website. Always check to ensure you have the correct version.  Sometimes there are changes to the route very close to the event date.

    Q. What about parking at Avebury?

    Follow the R86 Car Park signs.  When arriving at the car park follow the marshal's instructions.  The finish is right next to the car park.

    Q. I have already entered but I cannot make it now.

    Contact racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com to request a refund.  Refunds will be given in line with the refund policy.  You can swap your place with another runner for free until the 14th of August.  The event does not offer deferrals.  No refunds past July 10th.

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

    No.  A competitor cannot run with an athlete not entered in 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?

    Email racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com, call using the number on your entry email and during the event the telephone number on your bib number.

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

     No, it is not possible to change your start time past the 14th of August.

    Q. 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 would 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.  Should your bag be too big it will not be transported, just handed back to the runner. One bag per runner.

    Q. Why do I need to qualify?

    The R86 hosts the British Trail Running Championships Ultra Distance as recognised by UKA and British Athletics.  It is 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. 

    Qualifying events need to be 30 miles or more and completed in one go.  24 hour events with laps are not accepted. Both qualifying submissions need to be completed between 1st January 2021 and 14th August 2022.

    Q. How do I book a shuttlebus from the Premier Inn Tring?

    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 only.  No new shuttle bus bookings past the 14th 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 South Stoke, 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 halfway.
    • 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. Can I use poles?

    No, poles are not allowed.  Poles are classed as assistance. An athlete gaining assistance is liable to disqualification.

    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. 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 11:30 exactly. Be aware though that the last registration is 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. Inform the driver of your start time when asked.

    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 for good reason.  If you are having problems paying contact racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com.