VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

YOUR CHALLENGE – ANYTIME – ANYWHERE

Our ‘Virtual Challenges’ enabled over 10,000 of the Ultra community to keep active and connected during a difficult period in 2020, and have delivered £135,000+ of much needed fundraising for our Charity Partners. Check out our ‘Virtuals’ below, and you’re welcome to sign up to the latest challenge – and a new one is released each month. 

We could also organise a unique virtual challenge for your company or organisation if you want to energise your colleagues.

1 - 31 JAN 2021

Wherever you stood on the lively debate, January marks a change in the UK’s relationship with our Euro neighbours, and is a great opportunity to start your 2021 fitness & activity regime – and of course to say a fond farewell, au revoir, or auf wiedersehen to Brussels as we head out for a challenge. There’re 5 route options to exit Euroland’s capital – from the short 100 km hop to the wonderful city of Bruges – and maybe the best reason to stay in Belgium, the strenuous 400 km if you’re determined to get back to London (subject to Euro Tunnel & ferry), to the challenging 500 km down to Eurocity no.2 in Strasbourg – following in the footsteps of the EU Parliament.

 

Choose your Euro Challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime throughout January – log your activity on our ‘Euroland Virtual Map’ – and share your progress online as we all head off to wherever! There’s a prize draw for those completing their challenge by the end of the month – with £600 of kit vouchers to be won. So let’s get those walking boots or running shoes poised – and start the New Year as we mean to go on, with an Ultra active 2021. 

1 - 30 dec 2020

Some have travelled there by ship, others by submarine, and Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson even drove there! Our December Virtual Challenge is about journeying across the frozen Arctic Ocean the traditional  way – on foot to the top of the globe’s icy cap, and arriving at the frosted North Pole flag before the New Year dawns. There are 4 expedition route options – from the sharp 100 km ‘Norway Route’, to the epic 400 km ‘Greenland Route’. Choose your wintry challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime in December – log your progress on our ‘stylised’ Virtual Map – and share your progress online as you head up to 90 degrees North!

There are ‘Prize Draws’ for reaching the route halfway point by 15th December, and a chance of a place on our Saharan Challenge for those at the Pole by the 31stFundraise for a charity if you wish to, and there’s a North Pole medal & neck buff for all challengers. If you have a dog get them involved, as canine companions have been pillars of successful Arctic expeditions!

1 - 30 NOV 2020

Back in the 8th Century things were a bit different than currently, and it was the Anglo Saxon King Offa of Mercia who wanted to keep the Welsh out of England, and decided to built an earthworks ‘dyke’ to ensure they stayed to the west. Today the Offa’s Dyke Path, a National Trail, starts near Chepstow and finishes at Prestatyn on the coast, passing through a variety of landscapes, from the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains, to the Clwydian Hills in the north – and is a fantastic setting for our November ‘Virtual Challenge’.

 

The Full Dyke Challenge option is 285 km if you are up for it  – with Half & Quarter Dyke  options also available. Choose your challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime – log your progress on our ‘virtual map’ – and share your journey & story online with others as you head north. Fundraise for a charity of your choice if that suits – and there’s a special ‘Offa’s Dyke’ medal & neck buff for all challengers.

1 - 30 OCT 2020

Frustratingly – our popular Jurassic Coast Challenge has been postponed twice in 2020 because of the Covid restrictions , so we though we’d focus on this spectacular coastline for our October virtual challenge.  Hopefully this will bring back fond memories for those who have taken part in the real thing in previous years, or for those who have just spent time on the costal path, and for those who’ve yet to visit the area – this should  will whet your appetite for the 2021 Jurassic Coast Challenge in May.

 There are 5 distance options to chose from – ranging from our ‘standard’ 100km Jurassic Coast Challenge which heads from Poole Harbour to the finish line beyond the famous Sandstone cliffs at West Bay – with a 200 km, 300 km, 500 km up to a stretching 500 km for those who keep going along the famous  South West Coastal Path all the way down to Lizard Point – the most southerly tip of Britain.

1 - 30 sept 2020

Push yourself further in September on The ‘Virtual’ Thames Path Challenge! Choose from 4 distance options and track your progress, and that of fellow participants, on our special TRAIL MAP with leader boards. Our virtual trails range from 50 km, the Classic 100 km of our ‘annual real’ Thames Path Challenge –  up to the full Sea to Source 375 km. You may choose to incorporate some sections of the real Thames Path into your challenge if you can make it, or just take on the trails & footpaths closer to home whilst clocking up the KM. Take it on with friends, in teams or go it alone and join your community online via our Facebook page to share your journey!

1 - 30 AUG 2020

Choose from 5 Famous Trails and track your progress, and that of fellow participants, on our special TRAIL MAP with leader boards. Our virtual trails range from – The Nidderdale Way (87 km & part of our new 2021 Yorkshire Challenge) to The Pennine Way (431 km – the backbone of England) – and as many prefer mountain trails, climb to the 5,895 metre summit of our virtual Kilimanjaro if you’re up for it! We also have the full South Downs Way Trail (161 km) as some consolation for those who missed out on our cancelled South Coast Challenge at the end of August.

1 - 30 July 2020

A huge congratulations to everyone who took on the Great British Ultra Challenge – so many of you absolutely smashed it out of the park with more kms being racked up than we’ve seen yet! To everyone who took part thank you for sharing your stories & journey with us – it was great to see everyone get into the spirit of the challenge. There is no need to ‘submit’ evidence of the distance achieved – we estimate your medals & buff will be arriving early/mid August we will post an update when we have a specific date. 

Boost it for June

1 - 30 June 2020

June saw over 2,400 people take on amazing distances from 100 km – 500 km – with some achieving personal goals & achievements we are hugely proud of! Challengers took on walks, jogs & runs close to home (some even at home!) to achieve their targets – with daily activities which built up to their final total. 

May Anyway

1 - 30 may 2020

June saw over 2,000 people take on amazing distances from 100 km – 500 km – with some achieving personal goals & achievements we are hugely proud of! Challengers took on walks, jogs & runs close to home (some even at home!) to achieve their targets – with daily activities which built up to their final total. Some of our challengers stories…

Virtual Challenger Stories

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