2021 Event Updates

In response to lock-down 'road-map'

On 22 February the Government announced a ‘road-map’ for the staged easing of the Covid lock-down restrictions. Clearly the associated phased provisional time-line impacts some of the 2021 Ultra Challenge events – and this web page will house our latest updates and the current state of play. Participants on affected events will always be e mailed at the earliest opportunity with specific updates – and we’ll back that up with Facebook posts. 

Jurassic Coast Challenge

Updated 5 March 2021

On 22 February the Government announced a ‘road-map’ for the staged easing of the Covid lock-down restrictions. As a result of these new timelines, our planned Jurassic Coast Challenge on the 15/16 May has had to be moved in order for us to comply with the restrictions on large scale outdoor events, guidance and advice from local councils and safety advisory groups, as well as ensuring that all challengers will be able to book all types of accommodation across the weekend of the event. Therefore we are pleased to be able to confirm the weekend of the 22/23 May as the new day for the 2021 Challenge – with a changed main start venue now in Corfe Castle – rather than Poole – which was an unavoidable change.

We’ve had to change the main start location of the event, from Poole to Corfe Castle, as the original start location meant that 5km into the route there’s the Sandbanks ferry, and with strict ‘social distancing’ in force until the end of June, the foot passenger capacity is restricted to 40 people per crossing – and at most 3 crossings / hour. This clearly would make the event impossible – given that we have over 2,000 participants to ferry across over 3-4 hours.

 

We are aware some people may have booked accommodation in Poole, however we now have parking at the new start venue in Corfe Castle –  or we recommend a train (it’s just a 12 minute journey from Poole to Wareham), and we will be putting on free shuttles from Wareham station to our start venue in Corfe Castle. Please note the timetable isn’t live yet but trains run every 30 minutes, and we expect a full service to have resumed by the weekend of the event. 

 

In an ideal word we would have changed the date of the event into the summer to provide  a bit of ‘head room’. However, The Lulworth Estate (who own 10 km of the route & 12,000 acres of the Lulworth area land (including one of our rest stops) have a complete embargo on large events between June to September, and with our already busy September- our only option was the weekend of the 22/23 May.

 

We believe more than ever – like minded challengers getting outdoors and back onto the trails, as well as being able to facilitate the fundraising for our Charity Partners is important now more than ever. We really hope you can join us on our new weekend – we are looking forward to seeing you all! 

Isle of Wight Challenge

Updated 4 March 2021

In our previous update (below) we said that the 2021 Isle of Wight Challenge was under review (due to Covid restrictions). We can now confirm that the NEW dates are the weekend of 10/11 JULY, and has had to be moved to comply with the restrictions on large scale outdoor events, guidance from local councils & their safety advisory groups, as well as ensuring challengers will be able to book all types of accommodation across the weekend of the event. With the new date – there’s a new easier to get to start venue & base-camp near Cowes – and a ‘flipped’ route that now goes anticlockwise around the Island, and includes a new 50 km option along the stunning southern coastline. 

 

If you’re booked on the original 1/2 May dates – please read through our revised 10/11 July Isle of Wight Challenge itinerary pages – and then follow the links  to confirm your choice. If you’re not booked up yet – now’s the time to join and save ££’s with the extended New Year Deal – and have a fantastic mid-summer adventure to look forward to!

 

Julian Risley – Director, Action Challenge

 

Series Update

Updated 23 Feb 2021

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.

Event Specific Updates

We’ve had to change the main start location of the event, from Poole to Corfe Castle, as the original start location meant that 5km into the route there’s the Sandbanks ferry, and with strict ‘social distancing’ in force until the end of June, the foot passenger capacity is restricted to 40 people per crossing – and at most 3 crossings / hour. This clearly would make the event impossible – given that we have over 2,000 participants to ferry across over 3-4 hours.

 

We are aware some people may have booked accommodation in Poole, however we now have parking at the new start venue in Corfe Castle –  or we recommend a train (it’s just a 12 minute journey from Poole to Wareham), and we will be putting on free shuttles from Wareham station to our start venue in Corfe Castle. Please note the timetable isn’t live yet but trains run every 30 minutes, and we expect a full service to have resumed by the weekend of the event. 

 

In an ideal word we would have changed the date of the event into the summer to provide  a bit of ‘head room’. However, The Lulworth Estate (who own 10 km of the route & 12,000 acres of the Lulworth area land (including one of our rest stops) have a complete embargo on large events between June to September, and with our already busy September- our only option was the weekend of the 22/23 May.

 

We believe more than ever – like minded challengers getting outdoors and back onto the trails, as well as being able to facilitate the fundraising for our Charity Partners is important now more than ever. We really hope you can join us on our new weekend – we are looking forward to seeing you all! 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL DETAILS & NEXT STEPS >>

On 22 Feb the Government announced a ‘road-map’ for the staged easing of the Covid lock-down restrictions. As a result of these timelines, our planned Isle of Wight Challenge on the 1/2 May has had to be moved to comply with the restrictions on large scale outdoor events, guidance from local councils & their safety advisory groups, as well as ensuring challengers will be able to book all types of accommodation across the weekend of the event. 

If you’re booked on the original 1/2 May dates – please read through our revised 10/11 July Isle of Wight Challenge itinerary pages – and then follow the steps below to confirm your choice.

 

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The restrictions in place on the 27th March, mean that the event will NOT be able to go ahead as planned. We now have to adjust our calendar of events, and to give our participants the time to plan their own calendars.

 

NEXT STEPS…

After months of various ‘lock-downs’, along with a welcome return to visiting a favourite pub or restaurant, we hope that our challengers remain as keen as ever to get back on the walking trails and enjoy the atmosphere of a real event. Therefore – we’ve put together a range of options which will hopefully keep you motivated, training, fundraising, and looking forward to a proper Action challenge physical event. The options are set out below:

 

  1. TRANSFER TO THE RE-SCHEDULED SATURDAY 5th JUNE EVENT

Re-scheduled and re-named to the more apt  ‘London Summer Walk’. This is the earliest date that our venues can all make, and as it’s June, it’s considered very safe relative to the  ‘roadmap’ reference dates.  The format will be very similar to the Winter Walk  format – with Half Marathon & Full Marathon Walk options – starting and finishing from The Oval Cricket Ground base camp. There is NO COST for you to transfer to this date –  but you do must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’. If you do transfer to this date – there’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Winter Walk’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 27th -28th March (see below).

 

  1. TRANSFER TO THE ‘HALLOWEEN WALK’ – SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER

If you can’t make the Summer – why not join us in the Autumn on the just launched ‘London Halloween Walk’ – with a ‘spooky’ marathon, half marathon, or 10 km looped route through London starting and finishing at The Oval ‘Dungeon’ (similar to the London Winter Walk). There is NO COST for you to transfer to this new event (on a like for like distance) –  but you must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’. If you do transfer to this event – there’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Winter Walk’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 27th -26th March (see below). Full details, inclusions and more can be found on our website: HALLOWEEN WALK >>

 

  1. USE YOUR PAYMENT AS A CREDIT ON ANOTHER ULTRA CHALLENGE EVENT  

We have a full 2021 calendar of fantastic Ultra Challenge events from May to September, with 25 km, 50 km, or even 100 km options in stunning locations around England.  You can use the value of your place from your Winter Walk entry against any future Ultra Challenge event in 2021. If you do want transfer to another Ultra Challenge event  – you must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’– and there’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Winter Walk’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 27th -26th March (see below).Take a look at the Ultra Challenge website for details of the events  – and please get in touch if you have any questions: https://ultrachallenge.com/    

 

  1. TRANSFER TO THE 2022 LONDON WINTER WALK

Back as a ‘chilly’ winter event in its normal slot – on 29th January 2022 – so save the date! You can quickly and easily transfer your place across to our planned 2022 event – but you must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’. There’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Winter Walk’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 27th -26th March (see below).

 

  1. CANCEL & REFUND OPTION

If none of the above transfer options work, you can cancel your place and request a full refund of the monies you’ve paid for your entry via the ‘Confirmation Form’ (minus the cost of the January Virtual Challenge if you received a free on that). Refunds will be made in line with our Terms & Conditions (ie a full refund within 8 weeks of the cancellation notice back to the card you paid with originally).

 

THE ‘VIRTUAL WINTER WALK’ – 27th – 28th March weekend!

Join us for our 1st ever virtual ‘London Winter Walk’ WEEKEND Virtual Challenge. Whilst restrictions mean we won’t physically take on our challenge together – we are inviting anyone who transfers their place to a future date or challenge (options 1-4) to join us, and take on either a marathon or half marathon in and around your local area – and to share your journey with us as you go! We’ll be kicking off the weekend with a live video warm up on the Saturday morning, safety briefing and updates across that weekend from our team as we too take on the challenge! There will be a special Virtual Winter Walk map to see how all participants are getting on – and a special  medal & neck buff. Please let us know if you want to join in via ‘Confirmation Form’.

 

THE CONFIRMATION FORM – LET US KNOW YOUR CHOICE!

Do take a bit of time to consider which option is right for you – but please use the form below to confirm your selection to us by the 22tnd March at the latest so that we can plan ahead  (and within the form – there’s still the option to say that you are still thinking about which event to transfer to!).yet to make so that we can get you signed up. Once you complete the form, you can expect to receive a confirmation email,  and time-frames of when you can expect to hear from us next.

CLICK HERE TO CONFIRM YOUR CHOICE >> 

We’re emailing in response to the Government’s announcement on 22nd February detailing the ‘roadmap’ for the easing of Lockdown restrictions, and how that impacts the Easter 50 Challenge, scheduled for 10th April. Having digested the details, it’s clear that the remaining restrictions set to be in place on the 10th April, mean that the event will NOT be able to go ahead as planned as the Government’s restrictions on outdoor activity and the continued closure of all outdoor hospitality venues, along with the continued message to minimize travel prohibits us from operating the challenge. 

We had hoped to be able to reschedule the Easter Challenge, however due the 17th May being a key date for the lifting of restrictions on all of the components which make up one of our Ultra Challenge events, and availability restrictions at the main venue – we have been unable to secure a suitable alternative date for 2021. We are aware that many of you, have transferred from the 2020 Easter Challenge, and this may be the 2nd time your planned event has been cancelled, and we very much share your frustration.

We are of course disappointed as we were really looking forward to seeing so many old friends again at the 2021 season’s opener – and like many companies in the hospitality & events sector, we were hopeful that certain types of activity may have been allowed earlier if they were largely outdoors based  – and potentially boosted the fitness & wellbeing of the participants involved. However the timeline of the ‘road map’ for  the easing of lockdown restrictions is reasonably clear (if not 100%), and we now have to adjust our calendar of events to match that as best possible, and to give all our participants the time to plan their own calendars.


NEXT STEPS…

After months of various ‘lockdowns’, along with a welcome return to visiting a favorite pub or restaurant, we hope that our challengers remain as keen as ever to get back on the walking trails and enjoy the atmosphere of a real event as much as we are! Therefore – we’ve put together a range of options which will hopefully keep you motivated, training, fundraising, and looking forward to a proper Action Challenge physical event – whilst recognising these may not suit everyone. The options are set out below – and the link to the  ‘Confirmation Form’ is at the foot of the email.

 

  1. TRANSFER ACROSS TO ANOTHER 2021 ULTRA CHALLENGE

We have a full 2021 calendar of fantastic Ultra Challenge events from May to September, with 25 km, 50 km, or even 100 km options in stunning locations around England.  You can use the value of your place from your Easter Challenge place against any future Ultra Challenge event in 2021. If you do want to transfer to another Ultra Challenge event  – you must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’– and there’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Easter Challenge’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 10th – 11th April (see below). Take a look at the Ultra Challenge website for details of the events, and we now also have a new Summer Walk in London on 5th June (as a Winter Walk replacement!)  and a Halloween Walk on 30th October. Please get in touch if you have any questions: https://ultrachallenge.com/     

 

  1. TRANSFER TO THE 2022 EASTER 50 CHALLENGE

Back as our usual Easter Challenge in its normal slot – on Saturday 9th April 2022 – so save the date! You can quickly and easily transfer your place across to our planned 2022 event – but you must let us know via the ‘Confirmation Form’. There’s also FREE entry into the ‘Virtual Easter Challenge’ that we are planning to run over the weekend of 10th – 11th April (see below).


  1. CANCEL & REFUND OPTION

If none of the above transfer options work, you can cancel your place and request a full refund of the monies you’ve paid for your entry via the ‘Confirmation Form’ (minus the cost of the January Virtual Challenge if you received a free on that). Refunds will be made in line with our Terms & Conditions (ie a full refund within 8 weeks of the cancellation notice back to the card you paid with originally).  


THE ‘VIRTUAL EASTER CHALLENGE – 10th – 11th April weekend!

Join us for our 1st ever ‘Virtual Easter Challenge’ WEEKEND. Whilst restrictions mean we won’t physically take on our challenge together – we are inviting anyone who transfers their place to a future date or challenge (options 1&2) to join us, and take on 25 km or 50 km in and around your local area – and to share your journey with us as you go! We’ll be kicking off the weekend with a live video warm up on the Saturday morning, safety briefing and updates across that weekend from our team as we too take on the challenge! There will be a special Virtual Easter Challenge map to see how all participants are getting on – and a special  medal & neck buff. Please let us know if you want to join in via ‘Confirmation Form’.

 

THE CONFIRMATION FORM – LET US KNOW YOUR CHOICE!

Do take a bit of time to consider which option is right for you – but please use the form below to confirm your selection to us by the 5th April at the latest so that we can plan ahead  (and within the form – there’s still the option to say that you are still thinking about which event to transfer to!).yet to make so that we can get you signed up. Once you complete the form, you can expect to receive a confirmation email,  and timeframes of when you can expect to hear from us next.


CLICK HERE TO CONFIRM YOUR CHOICE >>

If you are booked onto an Ultra Challenge taking place from the 17 May onwards, should all go according to the government’s plan of restrictions lifting in time, we anticipate a full return to running all Ultra Challenges as planned and we are excited to finally be able to plan forward with the full confidence of a successful return.

 

From the 17 May onwards, outdoor events of up to 4,000 people will be allowed to resume, all accommodation types will be open including hotels and B&Bs, and all indoor and outdoor attractions will be open. We do anticipate that there may still be social distancing measures in place but these will be reviewed and implemented inline with all government advice at the time. 

 

We will continue to communicate, and keep this page updated as new information and guidance is published over the coming weeks, months. 

Protecting you & your money

By signing up to a 2021 Ultra Challenge – you can be confident that our events will be as low risk as possible, we’ve a proven model having operated the Chiltern 50 Challenge in September. Furthermore throughout 2021 we will be guaranteeing free transfers to other Ultra Challenges or full refunds if we have to cancel any events as a result of Covid-19. With us you can be confident about your next challenge!

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

separate supporter zones & facilities

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