The Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles (138km), The R86, is a fully supported continuous running event that starts at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring and ends at Avebury Stone Circle. The route is 86 miles along The Ridgeway National Trail, a 5000 year old trackway through the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs (along Grim’s Ditch for several miles), Barbury Castle and Liddington Castle (hill forts) en route, way marked throughout with 1929m (6328 feet) ascent 1991m (6532 feet) descent. The event hosts the British Trail Running Championships Ultra Distance.
Held under UK Athletics Rules for Competition. Permit Number 5281 issued by the TRA.
After ten years of service to the Ridgeway Challenge as Race Director, Tim has handed over the guardianship of the race to James Elson and Nina Smith from 2023 onwards. The R86 has long established itself as one of the classic British ultra distance challenges, on one of our most beloved National Trails. At its core is that it is a not for profit event, with a strong community around it. James and Nina, having between them run the event numerous times, share Tim’s vision of ensuring the event stays true to those core values. They bring with them experience of having race-directed other UK trail races and look forward to welcoming runners in 2023 and the future. Thank you to Tim for all his work in putting the event on year after year, much of which goes on behind the scenes – we are immensely grateful for his passion and commitment to the event.
For 2023, there will be one start time of 1000 for all runners
You can find information here about qualifying, logistics and entry pricing.
Maps and checkpoint locations are contained within these pages.
The TRA is an associate member of UK Athletics (UKA) and stages the British Trail Running Championships.