Druid Challenge 2013

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02/01/2013 at 16:54

Hi Folks

I know its a bit early, but..... I'm pretty certain that ill be doing the Druids Challenge 3 day event (XNRG) this year. I'm more than happy with the distances involved and the nav (famous last words!!). What does concern me is the transport arrangements (to get from the finish back to the start where my car will be). I don't really want to be having to jump on and off public transport and sort out connections when I'm banjoed post 80 ish mile yomp .

I wondered if anyone has previous experience of this logistical issue from past Druids events. The organisers have said they will try to accommodate a lift from Swindon back to Tring but I don't want to have to rely on this???


Edited: 02/01/2013 at 17:13
02/01/2013 at 19:47

Why are you worried about the lift back to Tring?  I have always found it totally reliable. 



02/01/2013 at 21:09
Hi BBH, I was just planning ahead and ticking all of the boxes. The lift from the organisers isn't a definite thing according to the web site, I just don't want to finish the race and have to sort out transport
02/01/2013 at 23:56

The organisers are based at Tring and the ans have to be returned there.  You might have to hang around a bit for the slower ones to finish.  If really worried contact Neil for reassurance on this point.

03/01/2013 at 00:23
Cheers BBH. It's not a deal clenched, I just like to be prepared. I didn't realist the organisers are based there. Are you doing this years?
03/01/2013 at 09:15

Probably not as 'im indoors is getting a bit fragile and I don't want to be away for more than one night at a time, but I've done them all to date and wish I could do this one.

26/06/2013 at 08:02

I seem to remember swearing, "Never again" after the Vanguard's Way.  

One unfortunate credit card moment later and it looks like I'm signed up for this.  Oops.  Can't wait.

Any advice, particularly on planning/logistics?  This is the first race I'll have done away from home.

03/11/2013 at 20:40

Is anyone driving to the event from Bournemouth/Southampton area?

05/11/2013 at 19:22

Peronel - I've not done the Druid but I did do the Pilgrim's in 2012. On the Pilgrim we slept in the sports hall (cold with a hard floor) - I presume its the same here. Bring a warm sleeping bag and a comfy sleeping mat. I also made the mistake of forgetting to carry cash (left in the car by accident), which means no goodies at the evening stops and no emergency options should you need to bail out early.

I'm doing this event this year - I live in Wantage and have seen it come through most years as we swim on the Saturday afternoon at the pool (don't forget swimming stuff if you like that kind of thing). It will be fund to do it (but I plan to sleep in my bed on Saturday evening).

05/11/2013 at 20:07

Thanks, but sadly family drama has meant I've had to drop out of this, which is intensely annoying.  How dare they mess with my ultrarunning dreams, harrumph.  

05/11/2013 at 21:58

Sorry about that Peronel - Hope you have another go - the V******* W*** was a bit of a disaster and in no way reflects the normal standard of XNRG's events.  MuddlingAbout - am doing it this year after all, so might see you at some point.

05/11/2013 at 22:42

Do you know if recharging Garmin is going to be a problem between stages? I'm not very likely to get through the whole thing on one charge.

05/11/2013 at 22:53

Part of me is perversely proud at finishing the race that shall never be named.

Enjoy Druids.

06/11/2013 at 08:23

Pawel - there are lots of power points provided at the night stop overs so you should be ok.

06/11/2013 at 10:06

Good luck everyone doing it this year - I did it last year and it was excellent.  We had excellent weather conditions mind you, it might be a bit muddy this year.


06/11/2013 at 11:03

Errrmmm - I seem to remember qite a bit of mud - perhaps that was because I was at the back and it had got very churned up by then.

07/11/2013 at 08:35

Maybe it's my rose-tinted specs BBH!

Guaranteed mud this year though, it's been raining quite heavily this week.  It'll still be good.

11/11/2013 at 18:20

Richlyla - there was indeed mud - but what was worse it the rain started Friday afternoon and kept on.  That meant the sections that were usually easily negotiable became a slidey nightmare and the bits that were usually dificult became just.  I got in so late that night I knew there was no way I could make a 7am start and the thought of more mud made me lose the will to live, so I started at CP2.  I was glad I made that decision as I was able to complete Day 3.

As ever Neil and crew were incredibly friendly and accomodating which is what makes their events so special.

11/11/2013 at 21:01

Hi Bear - yes the section leading into day2 CP2 was rather dispiriting - probably my low point I guess. I think a couple of runners retired there hypothermic (or at least cold). Day 3 was nice though - what time did you finish?

11/11/2013 at 22:52

Day three weather looked good - I live near Uffington and it was really clear skies.  I do remember a squelchy bit by the Thames possibly near streatly last year.  Must have been pretty bad as you mentioned.

As soon as I get paid I will be entering the Cotswold Run for April.  Really looking forward to it. I was really impressed with XNRG and your comments only add to that.

Congratulations to you both.

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