The XNRG Desert Running Package 2019: ideal preparation for desert races, including the Marathon Des Sables
Enjoy, endure and get the experience you need of racing in three XNRG UK multi-day events PLUS a one-day FREE kit run in December 2018. The package combines three of our most popular events at a combined discounted rate: the Pilgrim Challenge, the Druid's Challenge, and the Pony Express.
We also offer a smaller package with just two multi-day events included. Both packages come with the FREE one-day kit run event. As always, we'll take care of everything so you can immerse yourself in the experience - food, accommodation and support are all included in the pricing.
Around 100 of the competitors from MDS 2017 trained at XNRG events!
GET DESERT-READY WITH XNRG
When you’re training for desert marathons, we know how important it is to have the opportunity to race in a way that helps you prepare physically and mentally. Whilst we can’t guarantee Moroccan sunshine, we will provide a challenging yet beautiful course and multi-day environment, with all your needs completely taken care of, so you can focus on the experience.
You’ll get to test out your kit, meet others preparing for the MDS, make friends and form tent groups. You’ll even meet people who’ve done the race — a great way to find out what works and what doesn’t. The XNRG MDS Package really is the perfect way to train for your six days of Saharan endurance.
XNRG DESERT PREPARATION PACKAGE
Your choice of three great races and a free kit event are included in our package deal. The package offers special discounted combined entry for two or three of our most popular events - the Pony Express, Druid's Challenge and Pilgrim Challenge - and free entry to a 20-mile kit run.
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As with all XNRG events, you can expect to be totally looked after: great food, overnight accommodation, checkpoint food and water, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, prizes for the winners and free photos (phew!). We’re also really pleased to welcome inspiring talkers for the overnights.
13th - 14th October 2018 | New Forest, Hampshire
60 miles over 2 days
Stunning ancient woodland, pine forests, ponies and grassy expanses – the Pony Express is diverse countryside at its best, making this race a star in the XNRG calendar.
9th - 11th November 2018 | The Ridgeway (Bucks - Berks)
84 miles over 3 days
A three-day ultra along the oldest road in the UK, the Ridgeway. Feed stations, overnight accommodation, meals and a guest speaker are all on offer at this ever-popular event.
2nd - 3rd February 2019 | North Downs Way
66 miles over 2 days
One of our best-loved events, the Pilgrim Challenge follows the North Downs trail. ‘Downs’ is, in fact, an ancient word for ‘hill’ - appropriate, with over 1,000 metres of climbing in store!
TBC - will be announced shortly
FREE MDS PREPARATION GUIDE!
XNRG founder and MDS runner Neil has shared his top tips for preparing for the Marathon Des Sables. Download and read the guide >
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
When XNRG founder Neil Thubron ran the Marathon Des Sables in 2009, he felt frustrated that there were no events in the UK to help people prepare for the format of the race through the Sahara - both physically and mentally.
‘There were no multiday ultras on the calendar,’ Neil says. ‘So I decided to put one on, and it proved really popular — the rest is history!’
The first XNRG event was the three-day Druids challenge in 2010. Since the first Challenge, over 500 MDS competitors have used XNRG event to get them ready for the desert. ‘We provide the complete package so that once the competitor arrives they don’t have to do anything apart from run,’ says Neil.
Following six years of successful events, XNRG is now known for producing the highest quality multi-day ultra running experiences. With a family feel, everyone is looked after from the moment they arrive to the moment they go home.