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Ridgeway Challenge, 24th to 25th August 2013
Event has past, information about 2013 only.

About the event

The Ridgeway Challenge continual running event is 85 miles along 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; waymarked throughout; 9,000 feet of ascent; most check points managed by local running clubs. 

If you would like to see the route National Trails have a link from their excellent website and can be found here.
Note the right turn off the Ridgeway to Avebury and the finish. This is where the race route breaks from the Ridgeway Proper.

The Race Director for 2013 is Tim Mitchell,  Chairman of the Trail Running Association.
Race Permit Number 102-13

UPDATE 23/8/2013, Friday.

SUPPORT CREWS: The car park at Avebury will be open from 7am on Sunday 25th.  You are able to use this car park as a normal members of the public.  Please do not turn up hours in advance.  You may need to pay to park.
WEATHER: There is approx. 25% chance of showers.  You may need to keep dry at the registration point.  There is little shelter so please consider taking a waterproof coat.
RACE REPORTS: We will be updating this page with race positions as the event unfolds.  Please check this page through the event.  Please don't request updates on specific runners by contacting the RD Directly.

Applications and Documentation

Entry is now closed for 2013.  Please do not apply for a place by sending electronic copies to the race director.

Entries for 2014 will open in November 2013.

The TRA is a not-for-profit association, and as such, any money made from this event will be donated to charity.

Risk Assement and Route Information

- If you would like to see the route National Trails have a link from their excellent website. 
- Note the point where runners leave the Ridgeway and head to the finish.
- The Risk Assesment for the Ridgeway Challenge 2013 can be found here.
- Actual locations of checkpoints can be seen below, please follow the links. Maps open in a new browser window.
- Support crews have their own page.  Click here for support crew information and maps.

Race Rules Reference Buddies or Pacers

The Ridgeway Challenge is held under UK Athletic Rules for Competition, permit number 102-13.

There is general rule 21 (general rules apply to all athletics disciplines) that says that "pacing" by someone not in the race counts as assistance, and getting assistance means that an athlete is liable to disqualification.

This remains the case in the Ridgeway Challenge.

Use of Poles

The Ridgeway Challenge is part of the UK Trail Running Championship.  As such competition rules will be adhered to.

There is a General Rule in UK:A Rules which says:
(1) The following shall be interpreted as assistance
(c) The use of any technical device. Athletes receiving assistance as
defined above are liable to be disqualified.

The use of poles is prohibited.   Runners are liable to disqualification under rule 21(c).

The Start, Race Numbers and Brief Information

  • Minibuses will run from Tring Station to Ashridge Car Park from approx. 08:30 to 11:30 on the 24th.
  • Portaloos will be located at Ashridge car park near the start.
  • A catering unit will be located at Ashridge for tea and coffee and some hot food.
  • Race numbers will be issued to runners on the day. 
  • When collecting your number check the telephone number we have is identical to the phone you are running with.  Inform the marshal if the number is different.  Ensure the emergency contact number  is also correct.
  • Your running number must be visible at all times, worn on the front.
  • The race will start on time.  Any runners not being behind the start line will risk disqualification.  Please have your number pinned on and ready to run a good twenty minutes before the start time.  This will leave enough time to walk to the start at Ivinghoe Beacon.
  • Shortly after leaving the start line, with the race underway, runners will cross over the Ivinghoe to Ringshall road.  Marshals will be out on the road but WE CANNOT STOP VEHICLES,  CROSS THIS ROAD WITH CARE, YOU MAY NEED TO STOP!  listen to marshals and do not wear MP3 players when crossing roads.
  • Once the 12:00 noon runners leave Ivinghoe Beacon bags will be taken to Goring, CP5.  Runners will have access to their bag at this location.  Once runners leave CP5 bags will be taken to the finish.  Retiring runners will be re-united with their bags.

Checkpoint Locations

The following links show the checkpoints and locations.  Please familiarise yourself with them.  Note that CP3 has moved by 1.7 miles and is now called Hill Road checkpoint, Lewknor.  Checkpoint 8 is now called Fox Hill.

Checkpoint times spanning hours of darkness are in bold below.


CP Name








10.5 (10.5)

11:15 24th

14:30 24th




16.8 (6.3)

12:45 24th

16:00 24th


Hill Road, Lewknor


26.2 (9.4)

14:30 24th

18:15 24th




31.7 (5.5)

15:30 24th

20:00 24th


Goring Hall


43.7 (12)

17:30 24th

23:30 24th


Bury Down


52.4 (8.7)

18:45 24th

02:30 25th


Sparshalt Firs


61.5 (9.1)

20:00 24th

06:30 25th


Fox Hill


69.4 (7.9)

21:45 24th

08:45 25th


Barbury Castle


79.9 (10.5)

11:45 24th

12:15 25th


Avebury Centre


85 (5.1)

01:00 25th

14:00 25th

CP1, 2 and 3 will provide water and basic food.  CP4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will provide hot drinks, water and basic food.  CP5 and CP10 will provide water and hot food.

Safety on the Road Section from Fox Hill, Checkpoint 8.

PLEASE READ! I have been in contact with Wiltshire Police through March and April regarding the 1.3 mile road section between Fox Hill (51.533089, -1.6616664) and where the Ridgeway leaves the Road on the B4192 (51.522096, -1.6865680).  Wiltshire Police, and Wiltshire Council, have agreed with Risk Assessment alterations and are allowing the event to pass through this stage.  Every runner, without exception, must wear some reflective clothing AND have a working torch switched on when leaving checkpoint 8, Fox Hill, during the hours of darkness.  Hours of darkness 20:27hrs 24th, to 06:04 ont the 25th August.

This is for your safety – be safe and be seen.  For some of you this section will be bridging the hours of darkness and daylight. Don’t take chances, keep your torch switched on and have more than enough batteries to see you to daylight.

Mobilisation, Transport to Swindon and Parking at the Finish.

A minibus will be provided to take runners from Tring Train Station to the registration point at Ashridge near the start.  The minibus will run from 08:30 to 11:30.
All runners must register and confirm details no later than 09:30 for the 10:00 start and 11:30 for the midday start. Registration of any runners after these times will be at the discretion of the Race Director.
Allow twenty minutes to walk from the layby at Ashridge to the summit of Ivinghoe Beacon – the start.

Bags will be taken to Goring Village Hall once all the runners are underway.  Runners will have access to their bags at Goring until the checkpoint closes.  Bags will then be transported to the finish. 

There will be transport from Avebury to Swindon train station.  Please note the minibus will run a ad-hoc services so please do not rely on the service to take you to Swindon for a specific time.  If you need to be taken to Swindon for a specific time please book a taxi or make other arrangements.

Parking is severely limited at Avebury.  Please park at the Avebury Stones visitors car park (there is a charge for this).  Should you find somewhere else to park please be aware of parking restrictions, double yellow lines and leave space for other vehicles. The best alternative is to park at Barbury Castle car park, for free, and have your runner call when they take the sharp right to begin their descent in to Avebury.  The support vehicle, or collecting vehicle, can then make their way to Avebury to collect their runners.


The route is way marked throughout but it is advised that runners AND support crews have a map of the official route.  The recommended map is Harvey Ridgeway Map.  The map is easily available on line, simply search for Harvey Ridgeway Map.  The TRA has no affiliation with the publisher, it's just a good map!


Please do not drop litter.

First Indication of the Right Turn

Top Of Ridgeway, start of the descent in to Avebury

Right Turn Off the Ridgeway

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