XNRG MDS 2017 Preparation Package | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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XNRG MDS 2017 Preparation Package

Various Dates, Sands / The Ridgeway, Bucks, Berks.

150 miles, 5 days

Prepare for MDS 2017 with us



When you’re training for the Marathon Des Sables, we know how important it is to have the opportunity to race in a way that helps you prepare physically and mentally. Whilst we can’t guarantee Moroccan sunshine, we will provide a challenging yet beautiful course and multi-day environment, with all your needs completely taken care of, so you can focus on the experience. 

You’ll get to test out your kit, meet others preparing for the MDS, make friends and form tent groups. You’ll even meet people who’ve done the race — a great way to find out what works and what doesn’t. The Extreme Energy MDS Package really is the perfect way to train for your six Sahara days of endurance. 


Two great races and a third free event are included in our package deal, which offers special discounted combined entry at two of our most popular events, the Druids Challenge and Pilgrim Challenge, and free entry to a 20 mile kit run, over six days in total.


What’s included
As with all XNRG events, you can expect to be totally looked after; great food, overnight accommodation, checkpoint food and water, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, prizes for the winners and free photos (Phew!). We’re also really pleased to welcome inspiring talkers for the overnights. 

Druids Challenge
11th — 13th November 2016
84 miles
3 days
The Ridgeway
What’s in store at the Druids 
A three-day ultra along the oldest road in the UK, The Ridgeway. Feed stations, overnight accommodation, meals and a guest speaker is on offer at this ever-popular event. This year, we’re excited to introduce Kevin Webber who completed the MDS in 2016, to tell us about his experience. Kevin completed the race in the face of serious challenges, he is a true inspiration, we look forward to welcoming him!

Pilgrim Challenge
4th — 5th February 2017
66 miles
2 days North Downs
What’s in store at the Pilgrim 
One of our best-loved events, the Pilgrim Challenge follows the North Downs trail. ‘Downs’ is, in fact, an ancient word for ‘hill’, appropriate, with over 1000 metres of climbing in store! This year we welcome the 2015 MDS champ, Elizabet Barnes. Elizabet ran her first ultra in 2011, and went on to win every stage of the 2015 race — ‘I was pinching myself!’ she says. ‘I love ultra races because they are like mini expeditions.’ Elizabet is also co-owner of My Race Kit. 

Kit Run
10th December 2017
20 miles along the North Downs Way


XNRG founder and MDS runner Neil has shared his top tips for preparing for the Marathon Des Sables. To read and keep the guide, simply click here. Happy reading!



When XNRG founder Neil Thubron ran the Marathon Des Sables in 2009, he felt frustrated that there were no events in the UK to help people prepare for the format of the race through the Sahara, both physically and mentally. ‘There were no multiday ultras on the calendar,’ Neil says. ‘So I decided to put one on, and it proved really popular — the rest is history!’ The first XNRG event was the three-day Druids challenge in 2010. Since the first Challenge, over 500 MDS competitors have used XNRG event to get them ready for the desert. ‘We provide the complete package so that once the competitor arrives they don’t have to do anything apart from run,’ says Neil.
Following six years of successful events, XNRG is now known for producing the highest quality multi-day ultra running experiences. With a family feel, everyone is looked after from the moment they arrive to the moment they go home.

Special offer on MDS Coaching
11-time MDS finisher Rory Coleman is an expert MDS coach, offering a 10% discount on his 12-week training programme for XNRG participants. To find out more please email info@xnrg.co.uk