Druid's Challenge 2020 2 Day (7-8th November): a two-day, 62-mile, 100km, ultra marathon crossing the historic Ridgeway
The route takes in the oldest roadway in the UK: the Ridgeway. Day 1 will take you along the Ridgeway towards Ivinghoe Beacon and then back to Princes Risborough. Day 2 will take you towards Goring and Streatley then back to Princes Risborough. Each day will be around 50kms.
This event is scheduled to go ahead, with some differences. Read our Covid-19 policy >
You'll be following in the footsteps of travellers, herdsmen and soldiers who have used the Ridgeway since prehistoric times. Be entranced by the ancient landscapes, hidden valleys, beautiful downland and woodland.
The Druid Challenge 2020 will be going ahead as planned with a difference. With the Covid 19 pandemic we cannot do overnight stays. We know how much you all want to get out on the trails so we are putting on a slightly different Druid Challenge in 2020.
It will be a 2-day event based out of Princes Risborough School. Day 1 will take you along the Ridgeway towards Ivinghoe Beacon and then back to Princes Risborough. Day 2 will take you towards Goring and Streatley then back to Princes Risborough. Each day will be around 50kms.
There is plenty of parking at the school. For overnight accommodation, there are lots of hotels within a short drive of Princes Risborough. We have listed some below...
Starts will be rolling to ensure social distancing. The event briefing will be done online before the event. There will be no physical prizegiving. But the rest of the XNRG experience will be the same - the same atmosphere, crew, and everything you'd expect from an inclusive, community trail ultra that's ideal for beginners or seasoned ultra-runners alike.
Detailed information about all elements of the event can be found in our event instructions.
- **Multi Day Event Prize for 1st Male and 1st Female Overall Winners: Free Entry to Same Event Next Year** -
You can enter the 2 days or individual days.
Entries will close one week before the event (or when full). A waitlist option will be available if the event becomes fully booked.
Standard entry - £100 for both days
Single day - £58
There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: a 2.5% service charge, levied by the registration software, will be added to your total. If you need to cancel your entry or transfer to another event, you can do that by logging back into the booking system, Racespace.
To stay Covid safe, we won't be providing overnight accommodation this year. There are plenty of local hotels a short drive away:
Travelodge Aylesbury (8.1 miles away)
Travelodge Thame (8 miles)
Premier Inn Tring (8.6 miles)
The Bell Aston Clinton (9 miles)
The Greyhound Inn Aldbury, Tring (9.3 miles)
Holiday Inn Western Turville (7.6 miles)
Red Lion Hotel, Wendover (5.3 miles)
The Fox Country Inn, Ibstone (10 miles)
George and Dragon Hotel, High Wycombe (6.7 miles)
Holiday Inn High Wycombe (9.6 miles)
The Peacock Country Inn Chinnor (5 miles)
Mercure Lambert Hotel, Thame (5 miles)
Our refunds policy during the pandemic:
We will do everything we can to ensure the event goes ahead, but if things change and it can't be held, your options would be:
- Your event entry will automatically be moved to the 2021 Druid Challenge
- You can ask for your entry to be transfered to another XNRG event in 2021, with any balance refunded or payable
- You can request a refund as normal under our standard refund terms and conditions.
Please note that it may be necessary for us to alter the route and the planned overnight venues based on permissions, policies, etc of the different venues.
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Start / Finish
Registration will be open from 08:00 on Saturday at Princes Risborough School, Merton Rd, Princes Risborough HP27 0DR
Day 1: out and back from Princes Risborough School, where there's free all day parking
Day 2: out and back from Princes Risborough School in the opposite direction
A broad track that takes the higher ground, the Ridgeway is a unique route that passes through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), often quite a distance from any towns or villages, giving a real sense of peace and seclusion. You'll experience open views of the rolling chalk downland, peppered with ancient monuments including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and white horse chalk figures. It's a National Trail with plenty of clear signposts and post discs. You'll also be given a route card, designed to get you through any trickier sections. We recommend familiarising yourself with the route before the start of the race - for more information download our full race instructions.
There will be three checkpoints each day at regular intervals, fully stocked with water, and wrapped food TBA
We're going green
Help us do our bit to reduce the impact our events have on the environment by bringing your own reusable or collapsible cups for drinks at checkpoints and on the overnights. Some suggestions we love: the Salomon soft cup and the X cup.
The event is supported by a Course Manager and a fully qualified medical crew will be in attendance. We strongly recommend taking a moment to read our medical page before booking.
The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone and a minimum 500ml of water, but it's worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.
Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.
The winners, runners up and age group winners will receive fantastic prizes or vouchers from our sponsors.
Getting to and from the event
There are plenty of options for reaching the start and finish points of the Druid's Challenge:
To the start
Trains run regularly from London Marylebone to Princes Risborough, taking roughly 35 minutes.
A short shuttle ride from the Station to the registration point.
Looking for more information? Download our Druid's Challenge event instructions.
We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Say hello on email@example.com.