The Pilgrim Challenge 2016 - Part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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06Feb 2016

The Pilgrim Challenge 2016 - Part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series

6th-7th February 2016, Sands

66 miles, 2 days

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You can download the route .gpx file for your watches here Day 1, Day 2.

You can download the event detailed instructions above.
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The Pilgrim Challenge 

Course Records - Danny Kendall  07:50:23, Elisabet Barnes  09:56:47.


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 (RH1 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 awarded to finishers).

Navigation and Support.

The "North Downs Way" is a National Trail and has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a "Route Card" which is designed to help on any tricky sections, to provide information on any route changes and to indicate where the checkpoints are. The event is supported by a course manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.

Route and Profile

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 2015 is £130 per head
Standard pricing up to the end of December 2015 is £135 per head
Late entry pricing after the 1st January 2016 is £145 per head
There is the option of entering a single day at £58 per day.
Optional overnight accommodation is £30 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.


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