INspiring EVENING SPEAKERS
This year, we are very pleased to be able to look forward to inspiring talks from Guillaume Arthus and James Bull on the Saturday evening!
"Guillaume Arthus is a 32 y.o. ultra runner who specialises in both the longest challenges and the craziest races. He has run on 100+ trails all across the world. Back in 2019, he ran across the Alps, crossing the 1600 miles (with 100 miles of positive elevation gain), self supported in 43 days from Slovenia to Monaco. He has also run many classics (UTMB, Marathon des Sables, Tor des Géants), yet he truly found his calling in stranger formats (Barkley, Viking Way, Tunnel Ultra, Escape from Meriden).
He will be there during the Druid Challenge to run, but also to share his experience with others."
"James Bull began running seriously when he retired from semi-professional rugby, and it was only ever meant to be a replacement hobby to satisfy his competitive urge. However, within two years he was chasing British rankings and the running had taken off from where the rugby had finished. In that time, he has run in many places across the globe including the USA, Europe, the Azores, and competed in the Marathon Des Sables twice. Now older and with a family, he very much considers himself a ‘mid-pack, seen better days’ runner, but remains active on the ‘circuit’ and runs on the Ultra-X Recce team in some very remote and unspoilt international trails. Having served as a Firefighter for over 22 years, he opened up about his struggles with mental health in 2017 and began raising money for the recovery programmes developed by the Firefighters Charity. His story became known to Hide & Seek Media who decided to make a documentary film about his story whilst raising awareness of mental health in the emergency services. This project gained a quick following and was widely circulated in the press over the next 3 years (he was even filmed running the Pilgrims challenge with Kevin Webber). Several podcasts and media interviews followed which motivated James to become a public speaker on the subject. He is now an Ambassador for PTSD999 and is represented by the Speakers Collective and talks at numerous events on mental health and suicide prevention, resilience and endurance mindsets. He is also a sponsored athlete and represents several leading sports brands as an Ambassador."
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 Dorian Williams Sports Ground, Cow Ln, Hertfordshire, Tring HP23 5NS.
Shuttle bus from registration location to start:
You will be taken to the start by a coach/minibus.
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
Shuttle bus from day 1 finish to overnight location:
Lord Williams's Lower School, Towersey Road, Thame OX9 3NW
Registration for day 2 only entrants: please register and pick up your timing chip at Lord Williams's Lower School, Towersey Road, Thame OX9 3NW
Start on day 2: Watlington Social Club, Shirburn Rd, Watlington OX49 5BZ (SU691948) ///disarmed.rider.mirroring
Finish on day 2: Chilton Community Room, Horsa Lane, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0UE (SU480858) ///staining.groom.workloads
Shuttle bus from day 2 finish to overnight location:
Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot OX11 8AY
Registration for day 3 only entrants: please register and pick up your timing chip at Didcot Leisure Centre (address above).
Start on day 3: The Ridgeway Car Park OX11 0RW (SU479840) ///firewall.targeted.encourage
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.
This year we will not be marking the route. Instead, you'll be following the Ridgeway markings until you come off the Ridgeway, with glow sticks out for the last 6 miles on day 1. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the route before the start of the race and download the GPX file or OS Maps route onto your watch or phone.
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/