The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way - Multistage Ultra 2014 | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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01Feb 2014

The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way - Multistage Ultra 2014

1st-2nd February 2014, North Downs

66 miles, 2 days


The Pilgrim Challenge is back! Following the route of the North Downs Way National Trail, the Pilgrim Challenge Ultra is firmly established as one of our best loved multi-stage ultra races.

The North Downs Way was once trodden by pilgrims heading for Canterbury and travellers bound for Dover and the Continent. Today, the Pilgrim Challenge follows a glorious section of the ancient route, passing through countryside, picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Whether this is your first ultra of your hundredth, the stunning scenery of the North Downs will take your breath away and take you to new limits.

Our route, devised and full recced by Race Director Neil Thubron, takes you from Farnham to Merstham, Surrey on Day One, with he return leg on Day Two brining you back to the start. Overnight accommodation, evening meal and breakfast is included for two day participants and is available at a supplement for one day participants. You'll stay at St Nicholas School hall, Merstham (RG1 3PU), with sleeping accommodation in a large hall and gym. A dedicated rest area, showers, dining area and large screen TV are all provided.

The Pilgrim Challenge has been classified as a qualifying event for those aiming for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (two qualifying points avoided to finishers), and we're delighted to announce that the UTMB veteran and Alpine trail-running expert Andy Mouncey will be joining us at St Nicholas School, Merstham on the Saturday evening to entertain and inspire you with his presentation "Ultra Running made Ultra Simple".

What you get for your money

  • Free car parking
  • A fully recced route designed to make the event special and challenging for all
  • Regular newsletter for each entry individually
  • A quality T Shirt and some give away stuff from sponsors
  • Toilets & marquee at the start / finish areas
  • Overnight accommodation in a school hall on the Saturday night
  • A great evening meal on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Checkpoint food and water throughout the Event
  • Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
  • All permissions needed for the event granted, safety & medical cover throughout the event
  • Medal awarded to each finisher
  • Prizes awarded for the winners
  • Results reported on-line
  • Action pictures taken during the event for you to download afterwards

Cost Options

Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:

  • Early bird price up to the end September 2013 is £120 per head
  • Standard pricing up to the end of December 2013 is £125 per head
  • Late entry pricing after the 1st January 2013 is £135 per head

There is the option of entering a single day at £55 per day.

Optional overnight accommodation is £28 per head for those opting to do a single day.

* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount

Getting there and away


Farnham from London Waterloo by Southwest Trains. Trains run at 05:00, 05:30, 06:15, 06:53, 07:23, 07:30, 07:53, 08:00. Last pick up from Farnham station is 09:00.

Merstham to Waterloo or Victoria leave at 42 minutes past the hour. Redhill to Waterloo leave at 11 min. and 45 min. past the hour. 

By Road:

Farnham is on the A31, A331 from junction 4 of the M3. 
Merstham is on the A23 near the junction of the M25 and the M23.

An audience with Danny Kendall

Danny Kendall was 10th in the Marathon Des Sables 2013. The highest ever place British runner. Danny is taking part in both the Druid challenge and Pilgrim Challenge. On the evening of the 1st February 2014 we are delighted to be able to present "An audience with Danny Kendall". 

Danny will be holding a Q & A session in the evening after dinner. So if you want to know all about how the fastest runners train, how they prepare, what they eat, how they think, this is your opportunity. You can listen to our interview with Danny here.