Challenge Options

Join us for the end of season Chiltern 50 Challenge. Our route follows the Thames to Henley Bridge, then out into countryside on Shakespears Way, Icknield Way, and Chiltern Way with rest stops enroute. The full 50 km route, with over 900 metres of climb, is a loop starting and finishing at our basecamp at Henley Showground – with a halfway at Lewknor. If 25 km is more your thing – you can do a loop from the basecamp – or take on either half of the full 50 km route (optional shuttles are available to help with your transport logistics).

The Henley Base Camp is the event hub, with Friday & Saturday evening camping options (+ showers) & parking (free for campers). We’ll have a celebration BBQ, bar & entertainment evening after the tough day’s Challenge, with our special awards also back for 2021.

Full 50 km Challenge

Henley Loop

25 Sept 2021

Starting at our base camp in Henley (you can camp with us on Friday before the Challenge, and on Saturday afterwards) we set out Saturday morning for a continuous 50km challenge – finishing back in Henley. Youl’ll get full support all the way – and there are 3 rest stops en route.

50 km & 920 m

  • Start: Henley Showground
  • Start times: 07:00 for runners, 07:20 – 09:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Henley Showground
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 7 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – BBQ meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • All day/ weekend parking at Henley Showground – £5
  • Shuttle from Henley train station (Fri PM & Sat AM) – £5 p/p

After

  • Shuttle back to Henley station – £5 p/p
  • Pick up parking at Henley – FOC

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Henley – Fri 24 & Sat 25 Sept

  • Camp overnight at our basecamp
  • Free parking
  • Pitch only or inclusive package options
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Friday evening meal & breakfasts
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

1st Half Challenge 25 km

Henley to Lewknor

25 Sept 2021

Our 1st Half Challenge sets out from Henley early Saturday morning, along some of the most picturesque parts of the Chiltern Way to Lewknor. After a celebration & lunch you can catch the shuttle back to the start. 

25 km & 400 m

  • Start: Henley Showground
  • Start times: 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Lewknor (25 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • 12 km – snacks & drinks
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • All day/ weekend parking at Henley Showground £5

  • Shuttle from Henley train station (Fri PM & Sat AM) – £5 p/p

After

  • Shuttle back to Henley Showground start – £5

Henley – Fri 24 & Sat 25 Sept

  • Camp overnight at our basecamp
  • Free parking
  • Pitch only or inclusive package options
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Friday evening meal & breakfasts
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

2nd Half Challenge 25 km

Lewknor > Henley

25 Sept 2021

You can take on the 2nd half of the Chiltern 50 Challenge on Saturday for a midday start – and then finish with the full distance challengers and join in with the evening celebrations.

25 km & 500 m

  • Start: Lewknor
  • Start times: 12:00 for all
  • Finish: Henley Showground
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • 12 km – snacks & drinks
  • 25 km – BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Park at Henley showground & shuttle to start – £10
  • Drop off parking – FOC

After

  • Shuttles to Henley station – £5
  • Pick up parking at Henley – FOC

Henley – Fri 24 & Sat 25 Sept

  • Camp overnight at our basecamp
  • Free parking
  • Pitch only or inclusive package options
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Friday evening meal & breakfasts
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

Henley 25 km Loop

Henley to Henley

25 Sept 2021

Take on our 25km looped route starting & finishing at our Henley base camp taking in the best of the scenery, it’s easy to join & leave with free parking & overnight camping options.

25 km & 500 m

  • Start: Henley Showground
  • Start times: 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Henley Showground
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • 12 km – snacks & drinks
  • 25 km – BBQ 
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • All day/ weekend parking at Henley Showground £5

  • Shuttle from Henley train station (Fri PM & Sat AM) – £5 p/p

Henley – Fri 24 & Sat 25 Sept

  • Camp overnight at our basecamp
  • Free parking
  • Pitch only or inclusive package options
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Friday evening meal & breakfasts
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

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