Runaway Racing

Race details

Next edition - 31st May 2025

An 86-mile (139km) point-to-point trail running race along the entire length of The Ridgeway National Trail.

Embark on this historic journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire to the Avebury Stones in Wiltshire, following a path that has endured for over 5,000 years.

Entries are now open - We recommened signing as soon as possible, prices will increase by £10 on September 1st.

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The Ridgeway Challenge - 2025

£102/100 (UKA Affiliated)

There's 45 weeks until this race, get your entry in soon!

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This race has a dedicated website with loads more information, check it out.
 

Key Information

Date
Saturday 31st May 2025
Start Time
10:00
Time allowed
28 hours
Distance/Elevation
86-miles (139km) / 6060ft (1850m+)
Start Location
Ivinghoe Beacon, Hertforshire
Finish Location
Avebury, Wiltshire
Navigation
Permanent Signage + Runaway markers where needed
Max Runners
250
Minimum Age
20
UTMB Index
UTMB World Series Index Race
License
TRA Permit No. TBC.
Race held under UKA rules.
Entry
Opens July 6th

Route Map

Event Downloads

Last updated - July 2024 - Race Launched

Info document
A downloadable PDF with all key race information.
GPX File
A raw GPX track of the route.
OS Maps
Route trace via Ordnance survey maps, subscription required to view OS map layer.
Garmin
Route via Garmin Connect.
Google Maps
Interactive route viewable using the Google Maps app
Printable Map
An A4 map of the route to print at home.

Route Description

The route follows the entire length of The Ridgeway National Trail, starting at Ivinghoe Beacon in the East and finishing at Avebury Stones in the West.

Checkpoints

CP1 - Wendover
10.1 miles / 16.3km
WC
CP2 - Whiteleaf
16.2 miles / 26.5km
CP3 - Lewknor
26.1 miles / 42.1km
CP4 - Nuffield
34 miles / 54.8km
WC
CP5 - South Stoke
41.7 miles / 67.1km
WC
CP6 - Bury Down
52 miles / 83.7km
CP7 - Sparsholt
61 miles / 98.3km
CP8 - Foxhills
69.4 miles / 111.7km
CP9 - Barbury Castle
79.6 miles / 128.2km
WC

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There are nine checkpoints (see route description section for more details). All checkpoints will contain the following items.

  • Water
  • Coke
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PH 1000 Electrolyte Drink (pre-mixed)
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PF 30 Gels
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PF 30 Chews
  • Selection of crisps and sweets
  • Pre-made sandwiches (jam, peanut butter, cheese)
  • Selection of Fresh fruit (banana, orange, watermelon)
Event base

Event base

We are extremely grateful to the National Trust for their support at both the start and finish of the trail.

The event registration and start takes place at the iconic Ivinghoe Beacon within the Ashridge Estate.

All the way at the finish, you'll be welcomed across the line at Avebury Manor.

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Required Gear

Required gear

All runners will be required to carry the following items for the entirety of the run:

  • Fully charged mobile phone (switched on throughout)
  • Access to the route via GPX on your phone or watch, or via a paper map
  • Water bottles/bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre
  • Survival blanket or bag: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Primary light source (min 75 lumens)
  • Back up light source (min 25 lumen)
  • Head covering (beanie or buff)
  • Basic first aid supplies (plasters/tape/bandage/foil blanket)
  • Re-usable soft cup
  • Waterproof jacket (must have hood & sealed seams)
  • Item of warm clothing (long sleeved base layer or fleece)
  • Basic first aid supplies (plasters/tape/bandage)
  • Cash or bank card

Entry details

Registration is £102 (or £100 to affiliated runners). Prices will rise by £10 on September 1st, and again on January 1st 2025.

  • Entry to race
  • Event permitted by the TRA/UKA
  • Huge finishers medal
  • Chip timing with live results
  • GPS Tracking
  • Medical support
  • Marked/marshalled route
  • Drop bag at at CP5 and finish
  • Event photos

Entry details

Withdrawal options

By entering our race, you agree to the following withdrawal policy. This policy applies to all runners with the exception of women of cannot compete due to pregnancy.

Withdrawal date
Credits issued
More than 4 weeks before race day
90%*

*Entrants to The Ridgeway Challenge are entitled to defer their entry for up to 2 years, or receive a 90% entry voucher to use on any Runaway Racing event.

Credits can be used on future race entries, any time during the following 2 years.

Withdrawal requests must be completed online via our manage booking functionality.

Manage Booking
Event withdrawal

It was so well organised both in the weeks building up to it and on the day, and the course was so well marked you couldn’t possibly go wrong out there.

Darren

Chiltern Ridge 50km, 2021

Loved this! Course was beautiful and very well signposted. Friendly and really helpful marshals. Aid stations well stocked. Very well organised- would definitely do again.

Dee

Chiltern Ridge 50km, 2023

Event partners

National Trust
The Ridgeway National Trail
Precision Fuel & Hydration
Ugoku Projects
UTMB World Series
Trail Running Association
Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

Our trail running races

Dunstable Downs Half Marathon Sold out 21.2km - 14th July 2024
Suffolk Coastal Path 50K 50km - 14th September 2024
North Chilterns 50K 50km - 13th October 2024
Chiltern Ridge Winter 50K 50km - 16th November 2024
Chiltern Hills Invitational 10km - 8th December 2024
Chiltern Ridge Ultra 50K 50km - 5th April 2025
Chiltern Hills 100K 100k - 26th April 2025
The Ridgeway Challenge 86-miles / 139km - 31st May 2025
Tewinbury Trail 10K 10km - 8th June 2025
Chiltern Ridge Half Marathon 21.2km - 6th July 2025
Hughenden Manor Half Marathon Half Marathon - 19th July 2025
Hughenden Manor 10K 10K - 19th July 2025
Greensand Country 50K 50km - TBC

Past results & photos

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Results & photos