Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles, the R86

Next Race: 27/08/2022

Overall Rating

4.8/ 5

44 reviews
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes

Maxine Sinda Napal
2021
4.5

Come for the race, stay for the banter!

What an adventure this race is, with a super friendly RD, a terrific bunch of volunteers who do this so they GET this, great camaraderie amongst competitors, and a general atmosphere most races could do so much better at delivering. It's brutal and beautiful and you really must do this race! Not suitable for inexperienced ultrarunners but ever so friendly for those runners working to bridge the distance between 100k and 100 miles. There's a reason there are so many repeat competitors. Didn't finish first try but I'll certainly keep coming back even after I do!

Richard Mayneord
2021
4.5

Fantastic race. Excellently organised and

Eamon Byrne
2021
5.0

Challenging course, superbly organised with incredibly supportive volunteers including the behind the scenes team who track the runners.

Nicola Burston
2021
4.7

Hard on mind and body, but made up for by friendly checkpoints, great organisation, stunning scenery and downhill finish!

Great event, generous cut off times for the 10am starters.
Definitely not easy, the hills are quad breakers downhill and equally steep uphill, the trails on the second half destroy your feet with sharp flint surfaces, but..... still a winner of an event with amazing checkpoints, genuinely friendly and caring volunteers in all the roles and a good variety of food at the checkpoints.
One of the best events out there

Ashley Hogg
2021
4.2

Great organisation and vibe

Very well organised, great communications from race director, checkpoints very well run and friendly.

Tom Saunders
2021
5.0

A proper challenge through day and night.

Amazing aid stations and superbly organised. Definitely recommend it.

Gavin Rennie
2021
5.0

Well organised, friendly but tough event with great scenery.

Andrew Disley
2021
5.0

Great event. Support at check points superb. Great value for money compared with similar events. Generous cut-offs appreciated.

Anonymous
2021
4.7

Amazing race

This was the second time I’ve done this race and I’ve loved it each time. The organisation and volunteers are second to none. The Ridgeway is a stunning place to run and the course is well marked with the national trail sign posts. I’ll surely be back again.

James Binks
2021
4.7

I have done the race 8 times and it has allways been first class. Also Tim Mitchell has made some significant improvements in recent years.

Unfortunately due to very bad timing for completing my house sale and moving to a new place I was unable to take part in this year race. However I love the event and will be back for sure in future years.

Tim Ingham
2021
5.0

Very friendly

Great food great checkpoint staff amazing race director

Jason Campbell
2021
5.0

A tough, but thoroughly enjoyable ultra....that needs to be on everyone's bucket list

A superbly organised event that is hard to better value-for-money wise. All of the marshals, volunteers, competitors were friendly and cannot do enough for you. Will definitely do this event again.

Shaolin Loke
2021
4.3

Absolutely fantastic event

Great event, good value, unfussy. Suited to those with some trail distance experience.

Ben Marriott
2021
4.3

Great ultra in a low key way (that's a good thing!)

Really well organised and all the volunteers and staff were great. Very scenic (night excepted) and runnable. My only criticism is the signposting on the Ridgeway itself - without a GPX on my watch it would have been very difficult as the signposting isn't always that clear.

Justin Montague
2021
5.0

From top to bottom - start to finish - sweat to sleep - my favorite UK race

Mr 'Tim' Ridgeway and his extraordinary team make racing and running feel like you are being supported by your family. Such an intimate, personal feel on a trail that has everything. Thank-you for all you do

Jason Burns
2021
4.7

A tough run but well worth the effort

Excellent crews and scenery all the way. I'm definitely doing it again next year!

Chris Nicholls
2021
4.2

Epic

Phil Chalmers
2021
5.0

Very challenging but that's the nature of the event!

Pete Harris
2021
5.0

EPIC

No question about it, the R86 is an epic race, brilliantly organised by Tim and the crew.
Having ran it 4 times now and volunteered twice I can honestly say this is my favourite race.

Darren Cunningham
2021
5.0

Hardest bust most satisfying challenge yet

First time taking part in an event of this distance, it was tough but the support along the way was amazing.
Faster runners helping to motivation with words of good wishes and well done, check point crews couldn't have been nicer, happier or more enjoyable to spend a few minutes chatting too, atmosphere on the route was overall amazing. The finish line was manned with cheering spectators and the crew at the town hall couldn't have been better. What an amazing experience.