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31Jan 2015

The Pilgrim Challenge 2015

31st January-1st February 2015, Farnham, Surrey

66 miles, 2 days

You can download the route .gpx file for your watches here Day 1, Day 2.

You can download the event detailed instructions HERE

Read the BLOG


The Pilgrim Challenge.

Course Records - Danny Kendall  07:50:23, Elisabet Barnes  09:56:47.

The Pilgrim Challenge is back! Following the route of the North Downs Way National Trail, the Pilgrim Challenge Ultra is firmly established as one of our best loved multi-stage ultra races.

The North Downs Way was once trodden by pilgrims heading for Canterbury and travellers bound for Dover and the Continent. Today, the Pilgrim Challenge follows a glorious section of the ancient route, passing through countryside, picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Whether this is your first ultra of your hundredth, the stunning scenery of the North Downs will take your breath away and take you to new limits.

Our route, devised and full recced by Race Director Neil Thubron, takes you from Farnham to Merstham, Surrey on Day One, with he return leg on Day Two brining you back to the start. Overnight accommodation, evening meal and breakfast is included for two day participants and is available at a supplement for one day participants. You'll stay at St Nicholas School hall, Merstham (RH1 3PU), with sleeping accommodation in a large hall and gym. A dedicated rest area, showers, dining area and large screen TV are all provided.

The Pilgrim Challenge has been classified as a qualifying event for those aiming for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (two qualifying points awarded to finishers).

Navigation and Support.

The "North Downs Way" is a National Trail and has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a "Route Card" which is designed to help on any tricky sections, to provide information on any route changes and to indicate where the checkpoints are. The event is supported by a course manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.

What you get for your money:

  • Free car parking
  • A fully recced route designed to make the event special and challenging for all
  • Regular newsletter for each entry individually
  • A quality T Shirt and some give away stuff from sponsors
  • Toilets & marquee at the start / finish areas
  • Overnight accommodation in a school hall on the Saturday night
  • A great evening meal on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Checkpoint food and water throughout the Event
  • Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
  • All permissions needed for the event granted, safety & medical cover throughout the event
  • Medal awarded to each finisher
  • Prizes awarded for the winners
  • Results reported on-line
  • Action pictures taken during the event for you to download afterwards

Cost Options:

  • Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:
  • Early bird price up to the end September 2014 is £125 per head
  • Standard pricing up to the end of December 2014 is £130 per head
  • Late entry pricing after the 1st January 2015 is £140 per head
  • There is the option of entering a single day at £55 per day.
  • Optional overnight accommodation is £28 per head for those opting to do a single day

* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount

Getting there and away:

Farnham from London Waterloo by Southwest Trains. Trains run at 05:00, 05:30, 06:15, 06:53, 07:23, 07:30, 07:53, 08:00. Last pick up from Farnham station is 09:00
Merstham to Waterloo or Victoria leave at 42 minutes past the hour. Redhill to Waterloo leave at 11 min. and 45 min. past the hour.

By Road:
Farnham is on the A31, A331 from junction 4 of the M3.
Merstham is on the A23 near the junction of the M25 and the M23.


Guest Speakers

Andy Mouncy

Andy Mouncey is our coach-in-residence here at Extreme Energy. Andy practices what he preaches and very definitely walks the talk. He is also a published author, writes regularly for a number of publications and is one of the leading thinkers on high performance – working as he does in sport, education and the corporate world. In 2003 Andy said goodbye to 17 years in triathlon by setting record stage times for the Enduroman Arch To Arc Challenge: A 300 mile solo triathlon linking London & Paris via an English Channel then he’s been into his ultrarunning and has, among his race resume, two second places at the UK’s premier trail 100 miler then Montane Lakeland 100.

Andy therefore brings a multi-facetted perspective to his training and coaching. His is a powerful mix of humour, experience, penetrating insight and a skill in getting to the heart of the problem quickly and making the complex seems simple. We are very proud to have him as part of our team.

Lucja Leonard

Lucja Leonard – Female Ultra Runner based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Being fairly new to the sport and now having successfully completed Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (2nd Female 2013), XNRG Pilgrims (2014), Marathon Des Sables (2014) and most recently 100km non-stop Race to the Stones (6th Female) she is going to be talking about her new found passion for running and the progression to ultra running and what inspires her to keep pushing her limits.  Find out about how she manages to fit in the training required to compete in these extreme events, whilst still keeping a healthy relationship alive, managing a fulltime career, and occasionally still having a social life!   Sharing her experiences of the different facets that make up ultra running from preparation & training to nutrition, kit, mindset and the importance of keeping things fun & fresh when obsession can take over all too easily.