To all 2020 Chiltern Challengers

We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2020 Chiltern 50 Challenge – the first ‘non-virtual’ event for many months!

1,100 set out from the Henley base-camp, and everyone did incredibly well – with 96% completing their distance. We were pleased to see so many familiar faces and to have been able to provide support throughout.

We would also like to say a huge thanks, as the array of Covid risk reduction measures were followed impeccably – and we are pleased to confirm that it was described as a ‘model event’ by the Council officials who visited us on Saturday.

Overall it was a fantastic day and a great showcase for how events like these can operate in 2021 – which will contribute to the well being of all who take part, and hopefully support many of the charities that have seen a complete fall off in fundraising. We hope that all our past & future participants are feeling assured as to how our Ultra Challenges will be run safely & responsibly, and that you will be joining us once again in 2021.

Event Format Changes

In order to get the ‘green light’ from the councils & authorities, we’ve had to adapt our model and introduce a range of measures to ensure our event is deemed deemed ‘Covid Secure’ – which has lead to a number of changes to the originally planned event. Take a look so that you are aware before signing up.

If you were already signed up to the Chiltern Challenge and wish to defer your place to a 2021 challenge, or to cancel your place, please complete the short form on our ‘Sign Up’ page.

The 50 km route will now be 2 loops of 25 km – an ‘east’ & ‘west’ – meaning that all focus will be on the one hub location in Henley, and removes the requirement for us to have two ‘hub’ venues in the local community, and complex transport set-ups – as we have plenty of parking available.

The 25 km route option will now be the ‘west’ loop – starting and finishing in Henley.

There will be rolling staggered starts to minimise bunching.

One of the provisions we’ve agree to with the council was to not allow general camping on the Henley site, to reduce the number of participants on-site at any time. Therefore we now recommend using local campsites, or accommodation. 

We’ve also agreed that we will not host a bar on site, or to allow for any form of prolonged  ‘celebration’ or ‘gathering’ in the way we had originally planned – as we need to manage & control footfall through the site.

If you’re planning on having supporters join you, please be aware that they will not be allowed into the ‘central marquee hub’ of our main site in Henley. Instead, e will have limited seating & cover for supporters off to one side, which will be controlled. We will also not be able to cater for supporters, so they will need to ‘self sufficient’. Again – these measures are designed to enable us to control the total number of people on-site at any point in time.

Our medical resource is going to be focusing on first aid, and emergencies. Due to the close contact nature of massage we have agreed that we will not provide this service at the event.

We will be posting out to your home address your bib & timing chip, to minimise the ‘contact’ and congestion at registration with our staff. 

We are unable to accommodate Friday night camping, dinner or pre-registration. Access to the site in Henley will be open from 6.0am on Saturday morning – and strictly on the basis of a maximum of 45 minutes before your allocated start slot.

Alongside the above event changes, we will also be implementing standardised measures to keep all participants safe whilst on the challenge. You’ll see special social distancing requirements & hygiene measures in place across many elements of the events, ensuring each Ultra Challenge is as low risk as possible for everyone involved.

2020 Updated Route

How to Join

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Pay for your place in full, with no fundraising target but you can raise of you like!

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Pay a small registration fee & commit to fundraise for a charity of your choice.

Mixed Funding for Charity

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Charity Partners

We’re proud to work with a range of fantastic charities, which will benefit from the £7+ million fundraising in 2021. Our Series Partners are some of the UK’s major national charities, and there’re also regional and local charities as Challenge Partners for each event. Choose to fundraise for a Charity Partner and they’ll provide support to help you reach your target!

Covid Confidence

Protecting you & your money

face masks in key zones at rest stops

if we cancel free transfer or full refunds

hand sanitising & cleaning stations

start times staggered & spread out on the route

social distancing at all times

venue, facilities & route directional flow

drinks served by our team & one way flow

personal medical declaration. Screening if required

restricted supporter numbers at rest stops

All 500+ you can fundraise for

Blue Cross
Cats protection
Compassion in World Farming International
Dogs for Good
Dogs Trust
Humanimal Trust
International Animal Rescue
RSPCA (England and Wales)
Support Dogs
The Shark Trust
Wood Green, The Animals Charity
World Land Trust

Anthony Nolan

Bowel Cancer UK
Brain Tumour Research
Breast Cancer Now
Cancer Research UK
Children wtih Cancer UK
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Christie Charity
Genesis Research Trust
Genesis Research Trust
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Kidney Cancer UK
LEAF Charity
Leukaemia UK
Leukaemia UK
Look Good Feel Better
Lymphoma Action
Macmillan Cancer Support
Mesothelioma UK
Myeloma UK
Neuroendocrine Cancer UK
Pancreatic Cancer Action
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic Cancer UK
PLANETS Cancer Charity
Prostate Cancer UK
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Sarcoma UK
Target Ovarian Cancer
Teenage Cancer Trust
The Brain Tumour Charity
The Eve Appeal
The Institute of Cancer Research
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
The Urology Foundation

Bright Horizons Foundation for Children
Cardiac Risk in the Young
Child Bereavement UK
CHUMS Charity
CLIC Sargent
Dylan’s Quest
Friends of Chiltern Wood School
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Make-A-Wish UK
Mosaic-Supporting Bereaved Children
National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa)
National Deaf Children’s Society
Prior’s Court Foundation
Prior’s Court Foundation
Railway Children
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Rockinghorse Children’s Charity
Ronald McDonald House Charities (UK)
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
The Brompton Fountain
The Children’s Hospital Charity
The Sarah Groves Foundation
Tiny Tickers
TRIBE Freedom Foundation
Winston’s Wish

Above & Beyond
Acorns Children’s Hospice
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas Hospice
Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust
Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Farleigh Hospice
Forest Holme Hospice Charity
Haven House Children’s Hospice
Helen & Douglas House
Hospice in the Weald
Isabel Hospice
Julia’s House
Naomi House & Jacksplace
Poole Hospital Charity
Prospect Hospice
Southampton Hospitals Charity

Sue Ryder
St Barnabas House
St Barnabas House
St Christopher’s Hospice
St Lukes Hospice (Basildon & Thurrock)
St Margaret’s Hospice Care
St Peter’s Hospice
St Raphael’s Hospice
St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne)
St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire)
Thames Hospice
The Myton Hospices
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care

Action Medical Research
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Society
Ambitious about Autism
Asthma UK
Ataxia UK
Autism East Midlands
Autism Forward Cio
British Heart Foundation
British Liver Trust
British Lung Foundation
British Lung Foundation
British Skin Foundation
Centre for ADHD and Autism Support
Cleft Lip and Palate Assocation
Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Deafblind UK
Dementia UK
Devon Freewheelers
Different Strokes
Down’s Syndrome Associaiton
Duchenne UK
Encephalitis Society
Epilepsy Action
Epilepsy Society
Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN)
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Huntington’s Disease Association
Imperial Health Charity
JDRF the type 1 diabetes charity
Kent MS Therapy Centre
Kidney Care UK
Kidney Research UK
London’s Air Ambulance
ManKind Initiative
Moorfields Eye Charity
Motor Neurone Disease Association
MS Society
MS Trust
Multiple System Atrophy Trust
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Nystagmus Network
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Parkinson’s UK
Retina UK
Reverse Rett
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Royal Osteoporosis Society
Sickle Cell Society
Spinal Research
St Marks Hospital Foundation
Stroke Association
SUDEP Action
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust
The Haemophilia Society
The Lily Foundation
The Lullaby Trust
The Maypole Project
The Migraine Trust
The National Brain Appeal
The Sussex Beacon
Thrombosis UK
Thyroid UK
Versus Arthritis
Walk the Walk

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Cambridgeshire Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind
Combat Stress
Cruse Bereavement Care
Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dorset Mind
Lincolnshire Rural Support Network
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Research UK
Mental Health UK
Music for my Mind
Music for my Mind
OCD Action
South East and Central Essex Mind
Sport in Mind

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity
Help for Heroes
RAF Association
RBLI – Royal British Legion Industries
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
Scotty’s Little Soldiers

ActionAid UK
Médecins Sans Frontières (UK)
New Futures Nepal
Refugee Action
S.A.L.V.E. International
Village Africa

Ascend – Leadership through Athletics
Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)
Engineering Development Trust (EDT)
Garden House Hospice Care
Girlguiding North West England
UKSAYouth Adventure Trust

Age UK Lambeth
Age UK Medway
Amnesty International UK
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
East & North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Family Fund
National Autistic Society
North London Cares
Pamoja Leo
Red Balloon Foundation
Refugee Support Europe
Restore Hope
Safeline Charity
Solace Women’s Aid
St John Ambulance
Thames Valley Air Ambulance
The Benjamin Foundation
The Early Birth Association
The Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
WAY Widowed and Young
Women’s Aid Federation England

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