Extreme Energy Desert Running Package 2018 | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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Extreme Energy Desert Running Package 2018

Various Dates, Sands / The Ridgeway, Bucks, Berks / The New Forest National Park, Hampshire, UK

210 miles, 7 days

The Desert Running training package is a great way to prepare for events in the desert such as Marathon Des Sables. You'll enjoy, endure and get the experience you need of racing in a multi-day environment across three UK events in fantastic countryside locations included in the package, PLUS we include a 1-day FREE kit run in December 2017. The package is multiple events at a combined discount rate. You can book a smaller package of just two events, of the full package with three events. Both events come with the additional free 1-day kit run event. Accommodation, food and being looked after from start to finish is all included! Find out more below.


Around 100 of the competitors from MDS 2017 trained at XNRG events!



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 Extreme Energy MDS Package really is the perfect way to train for your six Sahara days of endurance. 


Three great races to choose from and a free 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, Druids Challenge and Pilgrim Challenge, and free entry to a 20 mile kit run.


What’s included

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. 

Pony Express

14th - 15th October 2017

60 miles

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.


Druids Challenge

10th — 12th November 2017
84 miles
3 days
The Ridgeway
What’s in store at the Druids 
A three-day ultra along the oldest road in the UK, The Ridgeway. Feed stations, overnight accommodation, meals and a guest speaker is on offer at this ever-popular event. This year, we’re excited to introduce Kevin Webber who completed the MDS in 2016, to tell us about his experience. Kevin completed the race in the face of serious challenges, he is a true inspiration, we look forward to welcoming him!

Pilgrim Challenge

3rd - 4th February 2018
66 miles
2 days North Downs
What’s in store at the Pilgrim 
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 1000 metres of climbing in store!

Kit Run

3rd March 2018
20 miles along the North Downs Way


XNRG founder and MDS runner Neil has shared his top tips for preparing for the Marathon Des Sables. To read and keep the guide, simply click here. Happy reading!



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.

Special offer on MDS Coaching
11-time MDS finisher Rory Coleman is an expert MDS coach, offering a 10% discount on his 12-week training programme for XNRG participants. To find out more please email info@xnrg.co.uk