Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles, the R86

Next Race: 27/08/2022

Average Review

4.8/5

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
26/08/2018
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? Maybe
In summary

Excellent value event, a historic route, amazing checkpoints and support. This is as good as any event out there!!

Any other notes?

The Ridgeway Challenge 86 mile is a tough, non-stop trail race travelling the length of a 5000 year old neolithic track. It passes the Bronze age Uffington white horse, ancient hill forts of Barbury and Liddington Castle and Chequers to name a few. The organisation is excellent, and all checkpoints are run by local running clubs who totally understand the needs of the competitors. The event has 2 start times, allowing a more generous cut-off time for slower runners. It also hosts the UK Trail Running Championships and attracts a lovely mix of elite runners, club runners, and anyone who has run a 30 mile or more ultra in the previous 12 months and fancies having a go. At less than £1 per mile, with a top quality technical tshirt, some serious bling for all finishers, transport from local train stations and hotels at the start, and to the nearest station at the finish, free photos....... it's hard to think how this event could be better.

26/08/2018
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
In summary

Fantastically put together by Tim Mitchell and executed just as amazingly by him his band of merry volunteers!

Any other notes?
27/08/2018
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? Maybe
In summary

A great run tough in parts but that’s why we do it.

Any other notes?
27/08/2018
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
In summary

Perfectly perfect ultra trail running ❤️

Any other notes?

This was my first time over this distance. I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement by fellow seasoned ultra runners. Mosf importantly the support of the volunteers at the aid stations.... happy caring and super human! If only the world was full of these amazing caring folk , what a happy loving caring place it would be. THANK YOU the TRA! I’m back next year ❤️

28/08/2018
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
In summary

Iconic race along Britain's oldest road

Any other notes?
29/08/2018
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
In summary

Brutal, challenging and a real adventure

Any other notes?
25/08/2019
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
In summary

A very well organised event by lovely people - great checkpoints, friendly atmospere

Any other notes?

The weather was so hot this year and I did not complete - but the support was excellent

25/08/2019
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
In summary

Great event

Any other notes?

Due to the extreme heat this weekend, a few extra water stations would have been very welcome.

25/08/2019
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? No
In summary

Not really a beginners race. Good race for those whose have probably done at least a 50k.

Any other notes?

Could do with a portloo (or similiar) at each CP. I was suffering with diarrhoea- many trips to the bushes could have been avoided.

25/08/2019
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? Maybe
In summary

Amazing course. Tougher than the +/- suggests. I’ve only been running ultras for a few years but I suspect that the atmosphere, expectation tha you can moderately self-reliant and informality is how they all used to feel before ultras became big business

Any other notes?
26/08/2019
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
In summary

Wonderful fun & friendly race

Any other notes?
26/08/2019
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? No
In summary

The usual smooth organistion in spite of the heat.

Any other notes?
26/08/2019
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Thank you

Any other notes?

Thank you so so much to all for the checkpoint stations and the Marshall and your incredible support. I was a mess by the last 20 miles and you all supported me and gave me the energy to carry on. You'd all been through this stage before so could tell me truthfully that we could complete it.
Thank you!!!

26/08/2019
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
In summary

Fantastic, really challenging event

Any other notes?

This is a really friendly event but not suitable for beginners due to the length. this year was made particularly difficult due to the excessive heat.

27/08/2019
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? Maybe
In summary

Fantastic event and amazing volunteers

Any other notes?

All of the marshalls, organisers and volunteers throughout the course were brilliant, super friendly, supportive and helpful. The food at the checkpoints was fantastic. The course was tough in the heat but an ultra is meant to be a challenge, and it provided. An awesome day, thank you!

27/08/2019
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? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Fantastic event along the oldest tracks in Britain

Any other notes?
27/08/2019
Would you recommend it to others? Maybe
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? Maybe
In summary

Very well organised.

Any other notes?
27/08/2019
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? Maybe
In summary

Beautiful but brutal run - it was very, very hot!

Any other notes?

If it was not for the stunning scenery and other runners I would not have finished.

27/08/2019
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? Maybe
In summary

Beautifully organised, low key, friendly ultra

Any other notes?

What a superb race. Don’t under estimate it, it’s tougher than you might expect. However, it’s still a great run for someone wanting to do their first longer ultra as well as more experienced runners too. The thing that impressed me the most is the care and attention the Race Director and his team give to this race - they really care that people enjoy it and runner safety is paramount. I would highly recommend this race, the route is beautiful, the logistics outstanding.

28/08/2019
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? Maybe
In summary

Very well organised race in a beautiful place

Any other notes?

It would have helped to have a few arrows in some places (on the way to and when leaving Goring for example.