FAQs

FAQs

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

    The start list will be published in early August.  Check your start time. Send ONE email to racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com stating all runners that you want to start at the same time, maximum 5.  There are no promises or guarantees.


    Q. How will I know my start time?

    The start list will be published on the ridgewaychallenge.com website.


    Q.  Ok, there is a course change, how will I know the new route?

    There is a course change between Fox Hill CP8 and Barbury Castle CP9.  The new route will be signposted throughout.  The new route avoids the road crossing at Southend.  The course length remains unchanged.


    Q. Is there a GPS file I can download?

    Yes, GPX, KML and KMZ versions are available. Visit the Useful Downloads and Links page on this website.


    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 cannot make it now.

    Contact racedirector@ridgewaychallenge.com to request a refund. Refunds of 80% are allowed up until the 31st of May.  Refunds will be given in line with the refund policy so-long-as there are over 120 entries.  You can swap your place with another runner for free up until the 14th of August.  No refunds or swapped places past 14th 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 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?

    Call either of the telephone numbers on the bib numbers.


    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.


    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. 


    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. Arriving late will mean you will be started at the next available time.  It is not possible to retain runners at the start so if you have opted to run with others they will be on their way on schedule.


    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 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. 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 signposts at each junction to maintain their route and confidence especially at night even if they know the 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. 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.