VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

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Our ‘Virtual Challenges’ enabled thousand of the Ultra community to keep active and connected during a difficult period of Covid restrictions, and have delivered much needed fundraising for our Charity Partners. They’re here to stay – and check out our ‘Virtuals’ below, and you’re welcome to sign up to the latest challenge, with a new ones released over the winter months of 2021 & early 2022. From the New Year – parallel ‘Virtual’ versions of each actual Ultra Challenge will be open for registration for anyone to join, or for friends & family to get involved and support a participant on the ‘real challenge’!

virtual versions of each ultra challenge 

Challenge completed!

Sat 10 & sun 11 APRIL 2021

The 2021 ‘Easter 50 Challenge’ proper had to be cancelled, but the good news is that there’s now a London Summer Walk (Sat 5 June) and this new format ‘Live Virtual’ Easter Challenge! Take on 50 km or 25 km between 8.00am on Saturday 10 April – with the ‘official’ start hosted live by compere Dave with the – to 10.00pm Sunday 11th when the finish line closes! Do it at your pace – and there’s a virtual version of the official Challenge route route which starts & finishes at Windsor Racecourse, and takes in The Great Park with views of the castle, The River Thames, and wonderful surrounding countryside.

 

Choose your distance – print off your Challenge bib – join the ‘official’ start on Facebook if you can – and take it on anywhere at anytime over the weekend! Log you activity on our Virtual Map, and share your progress and stories online as you go. There will be regular Facebook live updates from compere Dave, and there’s a special medal & neck buff for all who complete their challenge.

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1 - 30 APRIL 2021

In October, after the UK Ultra Challenge Season has finished, we head to Morocco with 100+ adventurers to take on the annual ‘Saharan Challenge – with 2 marathon distances in 2 days down the spectacular Draa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our April Virtual Challenge picks up the Saharan theme and a Moroccan adventure, with a route that starts at the ‘real challenge’s’ finish line amongst the dunes on the edge of the desert, and heads back along the double marathon course, and on north towards  Marrakesh and then Mount Toubkal – which is another fantastic Moroccan bucket list adventure.

There are 4 distance options – choose your Challenge – take it on anywhere throughout April by walking, jogging, or running – and let’s hope there’s a bit of Moroccan-like sun instead of showers! Log your distance on our ‘Virtual Map’ – and share your progress & stories online. 

There’s a prize draw for all completing their Virtual Challenge – with an ‘actual’ place on our ‘real’ Saharan Challenge in October – with some real Moroccan sun!

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SAT 27 - SUN 28 MARCH 2021

Unfortunately the 2021 ‘Winter Walk’ proper had to be canceled, but the good news is that there’s now a London Summer Walk (Sat 5th June) and this new format ‘Live Virtual’ Winter Walk Challenge instead! Take on either a spring-time Full or Half Marathon between 8.00am on Saturday 27 March – with the ‘official’ start hosted live by compere Dave with the ‘Townsend Twins’ providing the zumba warm up – to 10.00pm Sunday 28th when the finish line closes! Do it at your pace – and there’s an updated virtual route that starts in Greenwich by the Royal Observatory, and takes in many of the Capital’s key landmarks as it heads west. There’s a 13 mile half way stop in Regents Park, and then on to Kew Gardens for the full 26 mile marathon challengers.

 

Choose your distance – print off your official event bib – join the ‘official’ start & warm up on Facebook if you can – and take it on anywhere over the weekend! Log you activity on our Virtual Map, and share your progress & stories online as you go. There will be regular Facebook live updates from compere Dave & some participants – and there’s a special medal & neck buff for all who complete their challenge.

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1 - 31 MARCH 2021

The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a Medieval pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain. Today the ‘Camino’ is a unique experience attracting thousands of hikers from all over the World, and is now listed by UNESCO World Heritage for its role in encouraging cultural exchanges. Our ‘Virtual Camino Challenge’ mirrors the popular ‘Frances’ (French) trail, which is 769 km end to end, and starts in the Pyrenean foothills in the French Basque region at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

 

Wherever you actually start – choose your Challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime throughout March – including treadmills, your daily exercise allocation, trips to the shops, or even to your local church if you need some inspiration. Log your activity on our ‘Camino Virtual Map’ – and share your progress & stories online.

 

There’s a prize draw for all completing their Challenge – with an ‘actual’ place on our ‘real’ Camino Trek in June 2022. Now – that would be something to look forward to!

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1 - 28 FEB 2021

‘Lockdown 3’ has unfortunately meant that our famous annual London Winter Walk has moved to the end of March – enough to drive us all loopy! So to make the most of the time, and to get those legs in action – why not take on one of the classic London Loop routes as a virtual challenge? There are 4 capital circumnavigation options – from the 60 km ‘Jubilee Greenway’ which passes many historic sites in the heart of London, and was completed to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen – up to the lesser known 346 km of the ‘London Countryway’ on an outer orbit through the green belt and surrounding counties with many areas of outstanding natural beauty.

 

 

Choose your Challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime throughout February – including treadmills, trips to the supermarket, your exercise allocation, or sections of the actual route if you’re able to. Log your activity on our ‘Loops Virtual Map’ – and share your progress & stories online as we all go around in circles – clockwise! There’s a prize draw for all completing their challenge by the month end – with £500 of kit vouchers to be won. So get your gear ready – and let’s get in shape for the brighter times that lay ahead!

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

Challenge completed!

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!

Challenge Complete!!

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.

Challenge Complete!!

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. 

Challenge Complete

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. 

Challenge Complete

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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