No. of days 3 days
Distance 85 mi
Ascent gain 2203 m
A three day, 85-mile, 136km, ultra marathon crossing the historic Ridgeway. 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.
As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Druid's Challenge so you can focus on the experience! Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, free parking, and even inspiring guest speakers in the evening are all included.
- Overnight accommodation
- Free parking
- A fully recced and marked route
- Full medical cover throughout
- Toilets, showers and changing facilities
- Breakfast and evening meals
- Checkpoint food and water at regular intervals
- Inspiring guest speakers in the evening
- A quality finishers tshirt and medal
- Prizes and trophies for overall and category winners
- Action photos en-route, free to download
- A great atmosphere and a fun but challenging day out
The winners, runners up and age group winners will receive fantastic prizes or vouchers from our sponsors.
The multi day event prize for 1st male and 1st female overall winners is FREE entry to the same event next year!
The route is 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.
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until 9th April 2022
from 10th April 2022
from 11th September 2022
Single day: £65
Accommodation and food: £30 per night
Full event without food and accommodation: £170
There is a Mercure Hotel 20 minutes from the finish of day 1 and a Premier Inn a few miles away from day 2 overnight location. So, why not book the full event (no accommodation or food) option and have a comfortable bed instead? Scroll down for more information about hotel pick-ups.
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.
If for some reason you are not able to make the event you have entered. The XNRG refund policy is that we will give you 70% refund of your entry fee up to 1 month before the start date of the event. You also have the option (1 month before the date of the event) to get a 100% transfer credit to another one of our multiday events. Both of these options you can execute on your Racespace entry page.
After this time we are sorry there will be no refunds or transfers to future events. Refunds will be to your booking credit card.
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 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.
We've answered a range of common questions in our FAQ. For other questions, say hello on email@example.com.
INspiring EVENING SPEAKERS
We are very pleased to be able to look forward to two inspiring talks on the Saturday evening, from Rory Coleman and Eray Cakir!
Rory has spoken at all of our Druid Challenges since we started in 2009 and his knowledge of how to succeed at the MDS is 2nd to none. He will be talking about “The Ultra mindset needed to succeed in the MDS” - a great topic especially in the wake of the 2021 race.
Eray is an ultra runner who would love to share his experience of MDS 2017 and his learnings from the ultra world.
You can enter the whole weekend event including food and accommodation 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.
Start / Finish
Registration will be open from 08:00 on Friday at Tring Cricket Club, London Rd, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6HA.
Start on day 1: Ivinghoe Beacon, LU7 9EB ///pound.friends.vacancies
Finish on day 1: Watlington Social Club, Shirburn Rd, Watlington OX49 5BZ (SU691948) ///disarmed.rider.mirroring
Lord Williams's Lower School, Towersey Road, Thame OX9 3NW
Finish on day 2: Chilton Community Room, Horsa Lane, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0UE (SU480858) ///staining.groom.workloads
Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot OX11 8AY
Finish on day 3: Alexandra House Hotel, Wroughton SN4 0QJ ///orders.shaky.nodded
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 food.
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. Some suggestions we love: the Salomon soft cup and the X cup.
As part of your entry fee you will get an event T-shirt, or you can choose not to have the T-shirt and the money we would pay for the T-shirt will go to Trees not Tees and a tree will be planted instead.
For more details visit their website - https://treesnottees.com/
You'll stay at Lord Williams's Lower School in Thame (OX9 3NW) on the first night and Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, OX11 8AY on the second night, with sleeping accommodation in a large hall.
Don't fancy sharing accommodation during the event? We'll be running minibus shuttles to and from three local hotels during the event. Click the button below for more details.
There are plenty of options for reaching the start and finish points of the Druid's Challenge.
By train to the start: Trains run regularly from London Marylebone to Tring, taking roughly 35 minutes. It's a short shuttle ride from the Station to the registration point.
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped with this event yesterday. It was my first ultra and I absolutely loved it! The fantastic organisation meant all I had to do was concentrate on getting myself round the distance! The malt loaf and coke at the checkpoints were a much needed treat! Thanks again
Dear Neil, Many thanks to you and all your team for yesterday. It was a tough day, but made so much easier thanks to the warm and sincere support from all the marshalls. Thanks again.
Thank you for arranging the Druids. It was my first multi-dayer. Great weekend. Your slick organisation, flexibility and attentiveness made it. It was just the right size to make a great atmosphere and friendly. Also thank you for instigating the minutes silence on Sunday morning, very much appreciated.
Thanks again for organising a superb Druid Challenge this weekend. I reckon your races are the smoothest, best-organised events of any kind I've ever been on -- and everybody is so pleasant, helpful and patient, even with the most ridiculous requests.
Many thanks for yet another great weekend, it was a beautiful and tough route, the support as always was fantastic. It was great seeing so many familiar faces and catching up with friends. Please pass on my gratitude to all the team, have a great Christmas and new year.
See you next year.