Take on the Coastal Path

Walk, Jog, or Run it

Full, Half & Quarter Options

As a Team or an Individual…

.. for You or for a Charity

New Cowes Base-Camp 

Signed up to the 1-2 May date?

Find out about the new July date & your options

Isle of Wight Challenge
10/11 July 2021

(... was 1/2 May)

We’ve moved the date (due to Covid restrictions) so we have more daylight, and flipped the route so it’s easy to join with our new Cowes base-camp closer to the ferries. The coastal path will now welcome challengers in sunny July, and it’s anticlockwise around the Island this year, down past the Needles & the Southern cliffs to Chale at half way – and for Full Island challengers it’s on to historic Ventnor & Bembridge and back to our welcome base-camp after an epic 106km journey.


You’ll get full support & hospitality, and with half & quarter distance challenges also – and optional camping packages – there’s a fantastic Isle of Wight weekend for everyone!


The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 14 fantastic events in the 2021 Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line  celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key, and from the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App – with training guides, optional training walks, maps, online forums, and the latest news & updates.

Rest Stops every ~12.5 km with ‘major’ ones every ~25 km, and are much more than the shaky gazebo with water that you see on some events. We’ve marquee cover, large medical & welfare tents, catering services, seating areas for recovery, changing rooms, and a friendly welcome!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops.

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key. We pride ourselves on the quantity & quality of our catering, and whichever distance you are on – meals, snacks & drinks are included – so no need to carry much!

  • Snacks & drink stops every 12.5 km
  • Snacks – from the healthy to treats
  • Main meals / hot food every 25 km
  • Energy drinks
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • BBQ finishers meal

We generally have a ~50 km campsite for rest & sleep if you’re on the 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, or if you finish / start a 50 km ‘half’ Challenge. Book an inclusive package or ‘pitch your own’ – there’re showers and chill out areas.

We’ve experienced Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists, and Massage Teams at Rest Stops. There’re ‘Self Help’ areas with blister plasters, talc, Vaseline, and tape if you want to patch your own feet. Our mobile Emergency Medical Teams are only a phone call away, via our 24 hour Control Room

We don’t want you to forget that finish-line moment – our Cheer Squad will ensure you won’t! You’ll get a medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and a glass of fizz, before heading to a BBQ and a well earned rest. Download your official Challenge certificate when you’re ready.

There’re shuttles to local train stations for onward travel, and most finish lines have parking so supporters can meet you. We’ve bus ‘transfers’ to / back to key venues (eg the start) – and check out the ‘Bookable Extras’ for details of all transport options.

Optional ‘pay on the day’ baggage transfer services – available from the start to finish – or to also include the main halfway stop – so you can travel ‘light’ – and have extra kit when you’ll need it.

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Whether you’re a walker and new to challenge events, an experienced trekker, a marathon enthusiast upping the distance, or a seasoned runner after UTMB points – there’s an Ultra Challenge for you! Walk, Jog, or Run – as an Individual or a Team, for a charity of your choice or just for you. The Isle of Wight Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in stunning scenery. With pre & post challenge camping options, and our new Cowes base-camp with plenty of parking & shuttle bus transfers – it will be a summer weekend not to miss!

106 km (anticlockwise this year) at your pace, through the day & night if you’re walking.


Cowes > Cowes

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Start – New Cowes base-camp
  • 106 km & 2080 m climb
  • Finish – New Cowes base-camp

The full 106 km over 2 days, with optional camping packages at half way (in Chale) – or hotel / B&B – to get some rest!


Day 1 – Cowes > Chale

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Start – New Cowes base-camp
  • 52 km & 1100 m climb 
  • Finish – Chale recreation ground.
  • Optional camping packages in Chale

Day 2 – Chale > Cowes

  • Sunday 11 July 2021
  • Start – Chale recreation ground. 
  • 54 km & 980 m climb 
  • Finish – New Cowes base-camp

A scenic ‘half’ – with Yarmouth, the Needles & the Island’s stunning Southern coastline.


Cowes > Chale

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Start – Cowes New base-camp
  • 52 km & ~1100m climb 
  • Finish – Chale Recreation Ground. Optional camping + shuttles back to Cowes base-camp.

Starting in Chale – up on the cliffs in the South of the Island – it’s great in it’s own right – or ideal if you want to join up with a ‘full distance’ challenger for the 2nd half together.


Chale > Cowes

  • Sunday 11 July 2021 (early  start)
  • Start – Chale Recreation Ground (with optional shuttle from Cowes base-camp)
  • 54 km & 980 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Cowes New base-camp

A fantastic 50 km that starts near the iconic Needles and takes in all of the stunning southern coast up to Culver Down – including the resorts of Ventnor, Shanklin, and Sandown.


Needles > Culver Down

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Start – Nodewell Farm (with optional shuttle from Cowes base-camp)
  • 50 km & 1280m elevation 
  • Finish line – Culver Down (+ optional shuttle transfers back to Cowes)

A long ‘quarter’ – but a great one – taking in Yarmouth and the iconic Needles.


Cowes > The Needles

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Startline – Cowes New base-camp
  • 32 km & 550m elevation 
  • Finish line – The Needles area (Nodewell Farm – with optional shuttle transfer back to Cowes)

A fantastic section of the Southern coast – taking in the Needles.


Needles > Chale

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Start line – Nodewell Farm (with optional shuttle transfers from Cowes or Chale)
  • 26 km & 740m elevation 
  • Finish line – Chale Recreation Ground (parking available + optional transfers back to Cowes)

If you’re doing the real Challenge  – why not get family & friends involved in the NEW ‘Virtual Version’ to provide ‘moral’ support or to boost your charity fundraising. Or just do it – as it’s open to all – and there’s a Challenge medal & neck buff!

Details & registration coming soon 

UPDATED - 2021 Route Map

Download Factsheet

All you need to know about the Challenge – a detailed overview of the options & how you can take it on. Print it off or send it to your friends! 

By signing up to an Ultra Challenge – you can be confident that our events will be as low risk as possible, as we have a proven model having operated the Chiltern 50 Challenge in September’20. 

Furthermore in 2021 we will be guaranteeing free transfers to another Ultra Challenges – or full refunds – if we have to cancel any events as a result of Covid-19 – or if you’re prohibited in taking part due to any ‘tier’ restrictions. Book with us – and you can be confident about your next challenge!

How to Join

Self Funding
for You

Pay for your place in full, with no fundraising required.

Full Sponsorship for Charity

Pay a low registration fee & fundraise lots for a charity of your choice.

Mixed Funding for Charity

Pay half of your place cost and fundraise for your chosen charity.


Sign Up for ONLY £1 and fundraise for a charity*

OR - Self Fund 1 Event & get up to £20 OFF*

Book 2 Events (or bring a friend) - Extra £50 OFF*

Deal ends 14 March, conditions apply & excludes Summer Walk & Halloween Walk

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!

or fundraise

Check out the Challenge Options

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14 Amazing 2021 Challenges

75,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge®, raising over £30 million for charities, and the 14 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & runs. Whichever challenge you choose in 2021, you’ll get full support all the way – so you can set a new goal, enjoy the great British outdoors once again, and push yourself further on a high quality event. Book now with our ‘Covid Confidence’ promise.


Lake District Challenge

12 – 13 June 2021

1 of 12

Isle of Wight Challenge

10 – 11 July 2021

2 of 12

London 2 Brighton Challenge

29 – 30 May 2021

3 of 12

South Coast Challenge

4 – 5 Sept 2021

4 of 12

Jurassic Coast Challenge

15 – 16 May 2021

5 of 12

London Summer Walk

5 June 2021

6 of 12

Thames Path Challenge

11 – 12 Sept 2021

+ Thames Bridges Trek

+ Thames Moonlight 10 Walk

+ Henley 10K

7 of 12

S.W. Coast 2 Coast Challenge

24 – 25 July 2021

8 of 12

Peak District Challenge

3 – 4 July 2021

9 of 12

Cotswold Way Challenge

26 – 27 June 2021

10 of 12

Yorkshire Challenge

17 – 18 July 2021

11 of 12

Chiltern 50 Challenge

26 Sept 2021

12 of 12
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Isle of Wight Challenge

Now 10/11 July 2021

The Government’s ‘road map’ with the phased lifting of ‘lock-down’ restrictions, means we’ve had to move the event from its original slot in May – and the NEW date is confirmed as 10/11 July 2021 – as this works with all venues.

We have some exciting updates to the event – with a new ‘base-camp’ near Cowes (to make it easy to join) – and have flipped the route to anticlockwise. All challengers signed up to the original 1/2 May dates should read through the new details of the – and then confirm back to us with how you would like to proceed with your existing place. We hope that most will be able to transfer to the new date and enjoy this ‘summer challenge’ – but of course there are other option sif this does not suit.

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




Full Challenge

£198 fee paid online & 

no fundraising commitment

Half Challenge

£129 fee paid online & 

no fundraising commitment

Quarter Challenge

£79 fee paid online & 

no fundraising commitment

Prices are before




Full Challenge

£15 fee paid online & 

at least £595 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£10 fee paid online & 

£395 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£5 fee paid online & 

£245 charity sponsorship

Prices are before




Full Challenge

£99 fee paid online & 

at least £299 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£64.50 fee paid online & 

£199 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£39.50 fee paid online & 

£119 charity sponsorship

Prices are before


Sign up before 14 March 2021, and whether you take on a Challenge and support a charity - or 'Self Fund' and just go for it - there're discounts on all distance options.

If you sign up & 'Self Fund' (or you're already signed up to a 2021 Challenge as a self funder) and want to bring a friend along, or to take on another Challenge yourself - there's up to £50 OFF that 2nd place!


1 Event = SAVE up to £20

2 Events = SAVE up to £70 

3 Events or more = Multi Deals

Already signed up? = up to £50 off your 2nd place


Register to any challenge* of any distance for £1 & commit to fundraise for a chosen charity


Save 10% on all registration fees of any distance, on any challenge*


*excludes Summer & Halloween Walk

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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