Ultra Challenges are about setting new goals, ‘Pushing Yourself Further’, and having a great experience. We lay on the best support & hospitality available on any UK endurance style events – and we’re famous for it! This enables you to step up and confidently tackle an ‘Ultra’ distance, with the best chance of success, and to enjoy your challenge.
Good preparation and planning are key to a successful Ultra Challenge. From the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our online guides, videos, and a ‘Challenge App’. There’s optional training walks & runs, along with participant forums to share training ideas, encouragement, and advice. Join us, and you’ll join a large welcoming community.
We’ve a Challenge App to download, with all the info at your fingertips:
Our Facebook community has 60,000+ followers – and is a great place to meet fellow Challengers, join discussions on training, kit, fundraising, & meet-up training sessions. Our experienced Challengers are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Our training guides are developed by experienced walkers & runners, covering – nutrition, hydration, and foot care, to the building up of distance & stamina for all experience levels – with tailored plans taking you to your 25km, 50km, or 100km challenge.
If you choose to fundraise for a charity of your choice, we’ll confirm that to them. They’ll provide you with a fundraising pack, and a point of contact on hand to answer any charity questions and to provide advice & support on how to reach your fundraising targets.
We have a series of Training Walks – led by our team – which are a great way to build your fitness, test your kit, make new friends – and ask any questions. For runners looking to ‘up their distance’ – we partner with Running Adventures, who organise training runs.
We have a series of ‘Top Tips’ online videos – hosted by our expert panel. You’ll also be invited to join our Event Director for an online video briefing with a Q&A session before your challenge, and to find out the key final info before the big day.
Each Challenge has ‘Bookable Extras’ to help make your travel planning easy:
Over 75,000 adventurers of all ages & experience have taken on an Ultra Challenge – and the support we lay on provides all you’ll need to succeed. From Covid Secure marquee rest stops stocked with free food & drink, expert medical & massage teams, lots of clean toilets, to a Cheer Squad welcome – it’s details that add up to make the difference.
Walkers & joggers wear a small rucksack for essential items. For large bags we’ve optional ‘transfer’ services from the start to finish – or to half way & then the finish if you’re on a 100km challenge. Runners get a free ‘day bag’ transfer (max 10kg)
At registration you collect a bid, timing chip, route map, & neck buff. Enjoy the atmosphere, have a hot drink, buy some merchandise, before a Zumba warm up & safety briefing, prior to setting off in waves of 250 – with runners off first on to a clear course.
Your chip is ‘scanned’ at the start, each rest stop, and the finish – and updates our ‘Timing & Tracking’ website, so friends & family can track your progress through rest stops. For 2021 there’s an option to hire a GPS device, enabling continuous real time tracking .
Rest Stops are every ~12.5km or so, with ‘major’ ones every ~25km. All have covered infrastructure, and:
Keeping well fed & hydrated is key. We pride ourselves on the quality & quantity of our catering, and whichever distance you are on – meals, snacks & drinks are included – so no need to carry much!
Keeping you safe, healthy, and on your feet is our priority, and we have an experienced Team providing full medical support.
For those on a Full 100km Daylight Challenge (over 2 days) there’s a ‘Half Way’ camp – book an all inclusive package or ‘pitch your own’. There’s showers & chill-out areas, and it’s a great way to recuperate over Saturday night, before taking on the 2nd half on Sunday.
You won’t get lost, as we believe we have the best route marking set up in the business, and also have experienced teams out & about supporting you when you need it most. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures from rest stops, so nobody has to walk alone at night, and our Emergency Response Teams are only a phone call away if you need them.
You’ll see pink arrows, flags, and ribbon to guide you – and distance markers. There are hazard signs where extra care is needed (e.g. road crossing / river banks) – and at night time glow-sticks to guide you.
The Challenge App houses a Google Route Map to follow on the day (with rest stops marked). We’ll post the route GPX files for other mapping devices, and there’s a PDF map if you don’t want to use your mobile phone.
We deploy teams of Mountain Leaders at critical points, where extra support or advice might be welcomed. This could be a busy road crossing, passing through a gully, or maybe traversing a slippery section.
Alongside static teams at Rest Stops, we have ‘mobile medics’ in 4×4 vehicles – ready & waiting for a call. We also have ‘pick up’ vehicles for those who don’t need medical help, but perhaps have had enough! You won’t get abandoned on an Ultra Challenge!
Our Trek Masters are experienced Challengers who now give their time to helping others. Trek Masters set out from the Half Way as night time draws in, with individuals & small groups joining them to form a larger group, so nobody needs to be alone.
A 24 hr Control Room acts as our Challenge ‘eyes & ears’, ensuring all is on track, and that each participant is checking into Rest Stops as expected. They’re also at the end of the phone for anyone who needs assistance.
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.
Finish line memories last a long time. Our Cheer Squad welcomes you in, place a well earned medal around your neck, with a celebration glass of fizz. Head to the BBQ, check in for massage, and then relax. Reflect on your achievement, and once the aches have eased and the feet recovered, planning the next challenge may soon start, as your boundaries and goals have been re-defined!
We don’t want you to forget the moment you cross your finish line – our Cheer Squad will ensure you don’t, and your supporters are welcome to join the celebration. You’ll get a medal, a finisher’s t-shirt (tech ones for 2021), a glass of fizz, and a photo finish!
Finish times are important for many – just as finishing is equally important for others! Your time will be posted on our Timing & Tracking Website so your supporters know you’ve made it, and you can download an official certificate to frame & hang on your wall!
We operate shuttles to the nearest train station, and most of our finish lines have ample parking for supporters. There’s also optional ‘transfers’ to other locations (eg back to the start) – check each event for full details.
You may well be hungry after your strenuous endeavours! There’s a BBQ finishers meal (full breakfast for early birds), and your friends & family can also book tickets to join you.
Checking in with our medics & podiatrists is a good idea if you have any concerns – or if you need any advice on how to look after those aches, pains, blisters & feet! There will be a massage tent – and if you have time – make the most of this free service.
We’ve heard many times at the finish line – ‘never again’! But over 50% of every event is made up of Challengers taking on their 2nd, 3rd or even their 10th Ultra Challenge! They’re quite addictive apparently – and we’ll give you a special deal to encourage you.
We work with a network of partners to be able to bring the Ultra Challenge Series to life. With their expertise and commitment we are able to deliver our events to the highest standards of safety and hospitality.