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Lake District Challenge

11/12 June ’22

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Isle of Wight Challenge

NEW DATE

10/11 July 2021

It’s now a mid- summer challenge, with a new start & base-camp near Cowes.

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London 2 Brighton Challenge

28 – 29 May ’22

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South Coast Challenge

4 – 5 Sept 2021

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Jurassic Coast Challenge

14/15 May ’22

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Thames Path Challenge

11 – 12 Sept 2021

+ Thames Bridges Trek

+ Moonlight 10 Walk

+ Henley 10K

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S.W.Coast 2 Coast Challenge

24 – 25 July 2021

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Peak District Challenge

3 – 4 July 2021

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Cotswold Way Challenge

26 – 27 June 2021

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Yorkshire Challenge

17 – 18 July 2021

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Chiltern 50 Challenge

26 Sept 2021

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London Winter Walk

28 & 29 Jan ’22

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Easter Challenge

9 April ’22

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The Ultra Challenge
Calendar 2021 & 2022

Walk, Jog, or Run the best of Britain! There are tough ‘continuous’ 100 km challenges, a 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option with camping, testing 50 km Half & 25 km Quarter challenges, a few 10K tasters, and ‘Virtual Versions’ so family & friends can join in. There’s an Ultra Challenge® for everyone! Scroll down to explore – they’re in date order – with events through the summer & autumn, and Early Bird Deals on 2022 Challenges.

Lake District Challenge

12 - 13 June 2021

Magical English Scenery

2022 Registration Opening Soon!

Take on & enjoy some of England’s finest countryside and scenery at your pace. From our Kendal base-camp the full 100 km route is an anticlockwise loop taking in a few tough hills & fells, Ambleside, Lake Windermere at half way (with hostel accommodation option) nature reserves, and forests  – with stunning views en-route. A huge welcome awaits back at base-camp after a momentous challenge!

A World Heritage site, world famous scenery, with fells, lakes, and forests – and the best of England! Kendal, on the edge of the National Park, makes a perfect start/finish base camp for an amazing challenge – with optional pre-event camping & half-way hostel accommodation by Windermere for ‘2 Day & Half’ challengers.

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge. with a Kendal start & finish.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days – overnight YMCA hostel / B&B option at Windermere half way.

– 1st Half – 49 km taking in Garburn Pass & Ambleside to Windermere Lakeside, with YMCA hostel option.

– 2nd Half – 51 km from Lakeside & also ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – if 28 km might suit you – the 1st goes to Ambleside via the tough Garburn Pass.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

Cotswold Way Challenge

26 - 27 June 2021

Cirencester 100 km Loop

It’s a revised route from our new base-camp in Cirencester – the ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. Now it’s not only fabulous views, villages, and rolling hills – it’s easy to access, fewer road crossings, and there’s pre-event accommodation – so it’s better than ever! A testing challenge, with a few tough climbs, but it rewards with a real sense of achievement.

A looped route from our new Cirencester base-camp with a half-way at Wotton, keeps the same flavour as before – with some tough hills and fabulous views. A great way to experience the Cotswolds – + with optional University hall accommodation at the base-camp.

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Cirencester start & finish.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with half way overnight camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half ~53 km to Wotton, taking in a few tough hills – but rewarded with stunning views!

– 2nd Half  ~47 km from Wotton. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – if 25 km is more your thing – there’re options for the 1st & the 2nd.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

Peak District Challenge

3 - 4 July 2021

Bakewell Base Camp Loop

Once again we’ll welcome 2,500 adventurers into the fabulous Peak District National Park, and our major ‘Base Camp’ hub set-up in idyllic Bakewell, with a range of camping options, hospitality & local accommodation. The full 100 km Challenge takes in a tough & varied figure of 8 route through Derbyshire’s finest scenery with wonderful views, and with 50 km & 25 km distance options – there’s a challenge for all! 

The figure of 8 route out from our Bakewell base-camp enables a fantastic & varied experience. Choose a distance that suits – and with camping options – or nearby B&B’s – it makes for a great Peaks weekend away!

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Bakewell start, half way, & finish.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with half way Bakewell overnight camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half ~50 km Bakewell North Loop, with Chatsworth House, and  wonderful scenery.

– 2nd Half ~50 km – South loop – also ideal if you want to join a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarter – if 25 km is more your thing, the 1st, past Chatsworth House, is a great option.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

Isle of Wight Challenge

New Date 10 - 11 July 2021

Take on the Coastal Path

There’s new date and a new start venue & base-camp near Cowes – and it’s fabulous setting for an unforgettable challenge, with the iconic Needles, spectacular cliffs, stunning views, and sandy beaches. The historic resorts of Ventnor, Shanklin, and Sandown are en route for the full 106 km challenge, and with half & quarter distance options available – plus camping packages – there’s a mid-summer Island challenge for everyone!

The Island is easier to get to than you might think, and more so with our new Cowes base-camp with optional camping packages. The coastal path is one of the best you’ll experience, with amazing views, ups & downs, and historic towns. It will be a summer weekend you won’t forget!

– Full Island – 106 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge from our new Cowes base-camp.

– Full Island ‘Daylight’ – 106 km over 2 days with a Chale half way overnight  camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half – 52 km, Cowes to Chale, taking in the Needles & the spectacular southern cliffs.

– 2nd Half – 54 km, Chale to Cowes. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– NEW ‘Southern 50’ – 50 km along the stunning south coastline – from the Needles all the way to Culver Down.

– Quarters – 1st & 2nd if 25 km (or a bit more) is your thing – and both options have great highlights!

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

Yorkshire Challenge

17 - 18 July 2021

Nidderdale Way Loop

NEW for 2021 – and based in the stunning Nidderedale AONB, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The full 100 km route is a figure of 8, out & back from our base-camp in Pateley Bridge, where there’s a range of camping & hospitality options. The famous Nidderdale Way passes the Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle, and Gouthwaite Reservoir – providing a fantastic challenge backdrop with 50 km & 25 km options also.

The Nidderdale Way is a wonderful circular route in an area of outstanding natural beauty – and our Challenge incorporates the best of it, and with our Pateley Bridge base-camp will make it a Dales weekend to remember!

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Pateley Bridge start & finish

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with Pateley Bridge half way overnight camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half ~50 km Nidderdale Way South Loop, Ripley Castle, wonderful scenery.

– 2nd Half ~50 km – North loop – also ideal if you want to join a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarter – if 25 km is more your thing, take on the 1st and finish at the magnificent Ripley Castle.

10 K – Loop from Pateley Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

SW Coast 2 Coast Challenge

24 - 25 July 2021

Cross the SW Peninsular!

A ‘Coast to Coast’ Challenge with a difference – in England’s South West. It’s 102 km from Minehead in Somerset on the south bank of the Bristol Channel, down to the seaside town of Dawlish on Devon’s south coast. In between there’re the ups & downs of Exmoor, some fabulous views, the meandering Exe Valley, and the City of Exeter. With half, quarter & ‘The Ex-Valley Half Marathon’ – there’s a new challenge for you!   

A Coast 2 Coast feels like a challenge – and this one is! This new challenge provides contrasting coastlines, Dunkery Beacon (Exmoor’s high point) – with panoramic views, and country lanes & farmland as the route follows the Exe Valley down to South Devon.

– Full Challenge – 102 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Minehead to Dawlish.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 102 km over 2 days with Tiverton half way overnight camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half ~53 km to Tiverton, taking in Exmoor’s highest point with fantastic views!.

– 2nd Half  ~49 km from Tiverton. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – Option for the 1st, a tough 32 km to Dulverton via Exmoor.

– Exe Valley Half Marathon – 21 km from Exeter down to Dawlish on Sunday morning.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

South Coast Challenge

4 - 5 Sept 2021

The South Downs Way

Take on some of England’s finest scenery with an Eastbourne start, up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the famous South Downs Way, with stunning views over the sea, to Brighton at half way. Devil’s Dyke, and a few ups & downs all lie ahead befor Arundel’s historic castle comes into view after an amazing 100 km journey – and a big welcome awaits!

A magnificent challenge backdrop with includes Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, Brighton sea-front, Devil’s Dyke, and a fantastic 100 km Arundel finish. Whether it’s a full, half, or quarter challenge – it will be unforgettable – and a real highlight of the year!

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Eastbourne to Arundel.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days – overnight B&B or hotel at the West Hove half way.

– 1st Half – 55 km to West Hove, taking in the Seven Sisters Park and Brighton.

– 2nd Half – 45 km – West Hove to Arundel. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – 1st 25 km option includes Seven Sisters Park – Alfriston finish.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

Thames Path Challenge

11 - 12 Sept 2021

Putney Bridge to Henley

Take on England’s greatest river with a 100 km route heading out from Putney Bridge, past Hampton Court to Runnymede, of Magna Carta fame, at 50 km. On to Windsor and then past wonderful historic scenery & countryside to Henley. With half & quarter distance options, the Bridges Trek, and Henley 10K – there’s a Thames Path Challenge for everyone – and the biggest event of the season!

The Thames is steeped in history, and the route heads upstream to Henley taking in Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, Windsor, Eton, and some wonderful countryside along the way.

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge, Putney Bridge to Henley.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with overnight camping option or B&B at half way.

– 1st Half – 50 km from Putney to Runnymede, taking in Richmond and Hampton Court.

– 2nd Half – 50 km – Runnymede to Henley. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a ‘Full Challenger’ friend.

– Quarters – if ~25 km is more your thing – ALL 4 quarters are available options – and all are great!

– Henley 10 K – a loop from our main riverside finish venue on Sunday morning.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

 

AND 25 km Thames Bridges Trek through Central London – Plus the NEW ‘Thames Moonlight 10 Walk’SEE BELOW

Thames Bridges Trek

Sat 11 Sept 2021

+ Fri pm 'Moonlight 10 Walk'

25 km, 16 Historic Bridges

Venture across the Capital with unrivalled views of the skyline. Setting out from Putney Bridge – it’s East towards the City, zig-zagging over 16 historic bridges – each with its own fascinating story, and a mid-point stop at The Oval for some snacks & drinks. 25km later it’s a finish line celebration in Southwark past the majestic Tower Bridge.

The Bridges Trek is a great way to see the best of London with cityscape views & unfolding history. Over 2,000 will take it on, and there’s a party style atmosphere at the finish.

 

NEW for 2021 is the ‘Thames Moonlight 10 Walk‘ on the Friday out of The Oval Cricket Ground. It should be afun London evening!

25 km – as a walk / trek (no running of jogging allowed). Putney Bridge start – half way stop The Oval Cricket Ground – finish at Southwark Park.

 

NEW for 2021- Friday 10th evening- Thames Moonlight 10 Walk. Take on 10 km or 10 miles from The Oval. Hot food afterwards + bar. Perfect for some exercise & for some fun – ideal for groups & teams. 

Thames Moonlight 10 Walk

Fri pm 10 Sept 2021

10 Miles or 10 KM
.. Central London

Kicks off the Thames Path Challenge festival. Take on a spirited 10 km or an energetic 10 mile looped route through the heart of London as darkness falls – passing famous landmarks – including St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and more. A lively finish awaits – with a glass of fizz & a ‘Moon medal’, some welcome hot food, drink, and bar! 

NEW for 2021the ‘Moonlight 10 Walk‘ is on Friday evening out of The Oval Cricket Ground. It should be a fun London evening – and if you have the legs the Oval’s bar will be open afterwards.

NEW for 2021- Friday 10th evening- Thames Moonlight 10 Walk. Take on 10 km or 10 miles from The Oval. Hot food afterwards + bar. Perfect for some exercise & for some fun – ideal for groups & teams. 

Chiltern 50 Challenge

25 September 2021

50 km / 25 km Henley Loop

Our end of season challenge takes in some of the best of the Chilterns countryside, with historic trails, nature reserves, forests, and a few hills with fantastic views. Starting & finishing at our base-camp in Henley, there’s a Saturday night celebration BBQ & entertainment, with extensive on-site camping & parking options. 

A great way to end the season, with extra hospitality to turn it into a celebration. The route will surprise some as it’s rural, scenic, and varied – and all quite close to London & accessible. Why not join us? 

– 25 km loop via The Thames & Henley, with a rest stop, and back to base-camp for a BBQ.

– 50 km – to Henley and on to Lewknor at half way. Nature reserves, Chiltern Hills, great views, and back to base-camp.

 – 10 K – a loop from our Henley base-camp on Saturday afternoon.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

The Saharan Challenge

End of Season Special...
7 - 11 October 2021

2 Marathons in 2 Days

Push yourself further and take on The Saharan Challenge! It’s 2 marathon distances over 2 days, with a fantastic route through the lush Draa Valley down to sun baked dunes on the desert edge, with rugged mountain scenery, and sleeping under the stars in our Bedouin style base camp.

This 5 day trip has it all – a tough challenge, stunning scenery, luxury camping, sun, full support, a night in Marrakech – an unforgettable Moroccan adventure!

  • 5 day adventure UK to UK
  • October Morocco sun!
  • 3 nights camping & 1 hotel
  • Fully supported challenge
  • 2 marathons – 2 days
  • Walk, Jog, or Run
  • Luxury camping 
  • Fundraise for charity 
  • OR – Self Fund 
  • Flights included or not
  • A real adventure!
  • Return flights (full package)
  • Transfers (on flights package)
  • 3 nights camping 
  • Camping equipment (exc sleeping bag)
  • 1 night in Marrakesh hotel
  • 2 days tough trekking/ running
  • All meals, snacks & drinks
  • Celebratory dinner & party at Camp
  • Cold beer / drink, t shirt & medal at the finish
  • Regular rest stops
  • Guided & mapped route
  • Medics & Podiatrists
  • Baggage transfer (runners)
  • Challenge App
  • Kit List & Training Plans
  • FREE place on a 2021 50 km Ultra Challenge 

London Halloween Walk

30 October 2021

A hair-raising hike around some of the City’s scary streets and historic haunts! Gather your bravest guys & ghouls to make up a team – or go it alone if you dare and meet other chilling challengers. Dress to distress, and our creepy dungeon keepers at The Oval start & finish will meet, greet & shock. Once you escape there’s ghostly looped routes, with zombie rest stops, and if you manage to get back in one piece there’s a macabre medal, a glass of the Devil’s fizz, some horrific hot food & drink – and a souvenir bobble hat to ward off the spirits.

Highlights

2022 Registration Open

London Winter Walk

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jan 2022

Half or Full Marathon

We’re back on with  the traditional January date for the opening event of the 2022 season. A great way to walk off the Christmas celebrations and kick start a New Year fitness regime. Choose your distance – you’ll get a winter bobble hat & buff, a medal, some hot food & drink – and a great challenge taking in some of the Capital’s best wintery sights.

A great way to start the year as you intend it to go on! Join 2,000 Challengers and take on a brisk walk through the streets of London, and taking in many of its famous sights. 

– 26 mile / 42 km Marathon – looped routes starting & finishing at the Oval Cricket Ground 

– 13 mile / 21 km Half Marathon – looped route starting & finishing at the Oval Cricket Ground

 

2022 Registration Open

Easter 50 Challenge

Sat 9 April 2022

Windsor - 50 km or 25 km

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From our Windsor Racecourse base-camp, you can Walk, Jog or Run looped routes through the Great Park with Castle views, along the Thames Path, and enjoy some wonderful countryside. You’ll get a few Easter surprises, a medal, hot food & drink – and it’s a great opening event for the 2022 Ultra Challenge season!

* Note – Event is weekend before Easter

Join us the weekend after Easter, and energise yourself for the summer months ahead. Windsor is the historic back-drop, it’s easy to get to, and a perfect base-camp to start & finish your challenge.

– 25 km loop with a rest stop at Runnymede, and back to base-camp via The Great Park.

– 50 km – as above with a picnic lunch, then a 2nd 25 km loop taking in the Thames Path. 

2022 Registration Open

Jurassic Coast Challenge

14 - 15 May 2022

World Famous Coastline

Spectacular World Heritage coastline, with a new start in Corfe Castle, the route heads down to Swanage, and along through Lulworth Cove, past Durdle Door, with ups & downs to Weymouth at half way. For 100 km challengers, it’s past Portland Bill, Chesil Beach, and on to West Bay’s cliffs (of TV’s Broadchurch) – before a finish line celebration in the vibrant Dorset town of Bridport.

One of Britain’s best coastlines, and a fantastic setting for a tough challenge. Stunning views, a few steep hills, and distance options to suit everyone – with camping available at the start & Weymouth. It will be an unforgettable Dorset Coast weekend – and the first ‘real’ event of the season after months of ‘lock down’!

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge from Corfe Castle to Bridport, via Weymouth.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days, with Weymouth half way overnight camping option or local B&B.

– 1st Half –  a tough & varied 58 km, from Corfe Castle to Weymouth, with many of the ‘Jurassic’ highlights.

– 2nd Half – 42 km (a marathon!) from Weymouth to Bridport. Also Ideal for joining a ‘Full Challenge’ friend.

– New Jurassic Marathon – 42 km Corfe Castle to Lulworth Cove – and so much better than pounding those pavements!

– Quarters – Ist (25 km) is a loop of the Isle of Purbeck via Swanage, or ‘The Classic Jurassic‘ 2nd Quarter (34 km) to Weymouth via Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

2022 Registration Open

London 2 Brighton Challenge

28 - 29 May 2022

The Capital to Coast Classic

The original Ultra Challenge® in its 10th year, with a varied 60% off-road route. A Richmond start by the Thames, then towards the North Downs and some  wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside. The Full 100 km challenge heads over the South Downs before the welcome sight of the Brighton coastline and the racecourse finish line. It really is a classic challenge and a memorable bank holiday weekend!

A favourite for vintage cars & bikes, but our ‘off road / on foot’ version is much more rewarding! A Richmond on Thames start – with varied scenery, trails, North  & South  Downs, wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside, and a Brighton Racecourse finish line.

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge, starting from Richmond.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with a half way overnight camping option or B&B.

– 1st Half – 56 km to Turners Hill, taking in the North Downs and some wonderful countryside.

– 2nd Half – 44 km from Turners Hill. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – if 25 km is more your thing – there’s the 1st that finishes in Oaks Park near Sutton.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

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