The Government’s 22 Feb ‘road map’ for England to move out of Covid lock-down has provided us with guidance and dates for the resumption of our 2021 Ultra Challenge Series, and after over a year of uncertainty & frustration we are pleased that we now have a forward view of how, and when, we can be back in business and back on the trails! Whilst the 12th April (Step 2 date) will see many activities and some hospitality open throughout the country – it’s actually the 17th May date (Step 3) which is key for our style of events – as by that time the full suite of components that make up an Ultra Challenge are allowed (eg events subject to capacity limits + hospitality + overnight stays + all accommodation options) – albeit with some social distancing measures still required. We all look forward to 21st June and beyond – as that looks like the time when things more or less are back to ‘normal’!
The road-map directly impacts our 2 early events – Winter Walk (27th March) and Easter 50 Challenge (10th April) as the restrictions in place prohibit such things, which means both challenges will not go ahead as scheduled. All affected participants, are being e mailed with a full update, along with a range of options to choose from (or see the event updates below).
Our next 2 events in the 2021 calendar – Isle of Wight Challenge (1/2 May) and Jurassic Coast Challenge (15/16 May) will also be affected by the prevailing restrictions. Whilst quite a few activities are allowed to resume at this time – hotels and B&Bs are not amongst them, and for both events, accommodation for many hundreds of participants is a key component. So, as it stands these 2 events can’t go ahead as planned – and our team is exploring all options, and liaising with Local Councils and the key venues. Participants will receive an e mail, and we’ll provide an update as soon as we are able to – and by 5th March at the latest.
If you are booked onto an Ultra Challenge scheduled after 17 May – all should be absolutely fine – subject to the Government adhering to its road map – which means that the virus stays under ‘control’. We’re excited to finally be able to plan forward with the full confidence, and we will continue to communicate, and keep this page updated.
Julian Risley – Director, Action Challenge.