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No. of days 2 days

Distance 66 mi

Ascent gain 2374 m

Accom. yes

Food yes

A two-day, 66-mile ultra marathon over the legendary North Downs Way - now in its 13th year!

Run, jog or walk your way across the impressive North Downs Way - firmly established as one of our most popular events. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury as you pass through stunning landscapes steeped in history. The race soaks up ancient countryside, picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Pilgrim Challenge so you can focus on the experience!

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Included

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast and evening meals
  • Transport to and from Farnham station
  • A fully recced and marked route
  • Full medical cover throughout
  • A quality finishers T-shirt and medal
  • Toilets, showers and changing facilities
  • Checkpoint food and water at regular intervals
  • Free tea, coffee and cake at the finish
  • Prizes and trophies for overall and category winners
  • A great atmosphere and a fun but challenging weekend
  • Action photos en-route, free to download

The winners, runners up and age group winners will receive fantastic prizes or vouchers from our sponsors.

Route

The North Downs National Trail has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a route card and map, designed to help on any tricky sections. We recommend familiarising yourself with the route before the start of the race.

Schedule

Day 1

Pricing

Early bird

£145

until 30th June 2021

Standard entry

£160

from 1st July 2021

Late entry

£170

from 1st January 2022

Single day: £65

Accommodation and food: £30 per night

Full event without food and accommodation: £130

Please note: a 2.5% service charge, levied by the registration software, will be added to your total. We are using a new entry system that takes payment through the secure system Stripe. No payment information is retained by Extreme Energy, or our entry system tool. If you need to cancel your entry or transfer to another event, you can do that by logging back into the booking system, Racespace.

There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us on info@xnrg.co.uk.

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No refunds or deferrals will be made within one month of the event start.

Race-day Preparation

Kit List

The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone, a minimum 500ml of water, a waterproof jacket and a head torch if you are likely to finish in the dark (once darkness falls, if you don't have a headtorch you will be withdrawn at a check point). It's also worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.

Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.

Medical

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.

FAQ

We've answered a range of common questions in our FAQ. For other questions, say hello on info@xnrg.co.uk.

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Entries

You can enter the whole weekend , 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 06:30 on Saturday at Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX.

Start on day 1: Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX

Finish on day 1: The Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill RH1 4AD, (TQ 285 508)

Finish on day 2: Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX.

Aid stations

There will be four checkpoints each day, fully stocked with water, and sweet and savoury food to keep you fuelled.

Due to the risk of cross-contamination, we can't provide checkpoint food to suit all dietary requirements. If you require special food or snacks to suit any allergies or vegetarian/vegan diets, please bring your own. Put them in containers, marked with your name and checkpoint number and give them to the checkpoint teams at the start of the race - we'll make sure they're waiting for you!

We're going green

Help us 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.

Trees Not Tees

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/

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Accommodation

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.

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Testimonials

Thanks for a great weekend I enjoyed myself immensely, the camaraderie and willingness to help the runner’s needs at all costs was superb. Met some lovely people working alongside at the checkpoints ( a great laugh at checkpoint 4, day 2 lads !). So just to say thanks again to the XNRG team.

I just wanted to say thanks to you and all your team for a fantastic weekend. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to ultra running!!! I'm amazed how much fun running 66 miles could be and a lot of that is down to your team’s hard work and enthusiasm. Looking forward to the next one now!!! Many many thanks.

Pilgrim challenge was fantastic and I am glad I decided to do both days after only doing one last year. I was so happy when I beat my time from last year and I got really emotional when at 26.2 miles I realised I was still under 5 hours. That was so cool and I think one or two tears were probably rolling down my cheeks....lol

We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Say hello on info@xnrg.co.uk

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