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Walk, Jog, or Run it

As a Team or an Individual…

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Thames Path Challenge
11 - 12 September 2021

England’s greatest river provides a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable challenge. Over 3000 adventurers will join the Putney Bridge start, and the full 100 km route heads upstream all the way to Henley along the famous Thames Towpath. It’s through Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, and Windsor, with some wonderful historic scenery en-route to a riverside finish line. You’ll get full support & hospitality all the way – and with half, quarter, & 10 km distance options also available – there’s a Thames Path Challenge for everyone!

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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 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.

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 ultra 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 Thames Path Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in wonderful historic scenery.

100 km, at your pace, through the day & night if you’re walking.

 

Fulham > Henley-on-Thames

  • Saturday 11 Sept 2021
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 100 km & 350 m climb
  • Finish – Henley-on-Thames

100 km over 2 days, with optional camping packages at half way – or book a hotel / B&B – and rest!

 

Day 1 – Fulham > Runnymede 

  • Saturday 11 Sept 2021
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 50 km & 200 m climb 
  • Finish – Runnymede
  • Optional camping package
 

Day 2 – Runnymede > Henley-on-Thames

  • Sunday 12 Sept 2021
  • Start – Runnymede 
  • 50 km & 150 m climb 
  • Finish – Henley-on-Thames

A scenic & tough ‘half’ Challenge – the best of the Thames Path.

 

Fulham > Runnymede

  • Saturday 11 sept 2021
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 50 km & 200 m climb 
  • Finish – Runnymede

Runnymede > Henley-on-Thames

  • Sunday 12 Sept 2021
  • Start – Runnymede
  • 50 km & 150 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Henley-on-Thames

Fulham > Hurst Park

  • Saturday 12 sept 2021
  • Startline – Bishops Park, Fulham
  • 28 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Hurst Park

Hurst Park > Runnymede

  • Saturday 11 Sept 2021
  • Startline – Fulham
  • 22 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Runnymede

Runnymede > Cookham

  • Sunday 12 Sept 2021
  • Startline – Runnymede
  • 28 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Cookham

Cookham > Henley

  • Sunday 12 Sept 2021
  • Startline – Cookham
  • 22 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Henley-on-Thames

2021 Route Map

We were one of the UK’s first ‘Covid Secure’ mass participation challenges in 2020 – and we will also be implementing standardised measures to keep all participants safe whilst on each challenge in 2021. 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.

How to Join

Self Funding
for You

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

Full Sponsorship for Charity

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

Mixed Funding for Charity

Pay half your place, & fundraise a smaller target for your chosen 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!

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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! 

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14 Amazing 2021 Challenges

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

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Lake District Challenge

12 – 13 June 2021

1 of 12

Isle of Wight Challenge

1 – 2 May 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

Thames Path Challenge

11 – 12 Sept 2021

6 of 12

Thames Path Challenge

11 – 12 Sept 2021

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

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Covid Secure Measures

face masks in key zones at rest stops

hand sanitising & cleaning stations

personal medical declaration. Screening if required

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

no self service & adjusted menus

restricted supporter numbers at rest stops

SELF FUNDING

PAY FOR YOUR PLACE,

NO FUNDRAISING TARGET

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

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SPONSORSHIP FOR CHARITY

PAY A SMALL REGISTRATION FEE,

& FUNDRAISE FOR CHARITY

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

MIXED FUNDING

PAY HALF OF YOUR PLACE,

& FUNDRAISE A SMALLER TARGET

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

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