Extreme Energy's 2013 event season begins this weekend (2/3 February) with the fourth instalment of The Pilgrim Challenge. A multi-stage race along the North Downs National Trail, the route takes runners from Farnham to Mertsham and back over the course of two days.
At 32 miles a day, the Pilgrim is not for the faint-hearted and last year's event saw heavy snow add an extra dimension of difficulty. If recent conditions are anything to go by, this weekend's race could again prove to be highly demanding for competitors. This year's two-day ultra is sold out, with 217 runners and walkers aged from 17 to 68 travelling from as far afield as India, Belgium and Norway.
Like all Extreme Energy ultras, the Pilgrim Challenge is all-inclusive - the hosts will be feeding, watering and supporting all 217 Pilgrims from the moment they arrive at the station in Farnham, with minibus transfers to and from the race. Overnight accommodation, square meals and all checkpoint goodies will be provided as runners fuel up on the trail.
For the first time this year, Extreme Energy is providing entertainment for runners in the form of a presentation and Q&A session from ultra-runner and Ironman triathlete Andy Mouncey. Andy will be giving words of advice at the overnight stopover, sharing his top tips on Ultra Running Made Ultra Simple.
More information on the Extreme Energy events is available on their website.