Thames Path Ultra Challenge
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sep 2024 London, UK

Thames Path Ultra Challenge

England’s greatest river provides a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable 'festival' charity challenge weekend, with distances from 10km right up to 100km there’s a Thames Challenge for everyone!

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  • Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sep 2024
Bishops Park, Fulham, London

Thames Path Ultra Challenge

16:30

£10-£40

Age 14 & over

  • 1 day trail running

Overview

If you're keen to take on a proper challenge, shape up, re-energise and support an important cause, this challenge will help you go further than ever before - whether you walk, jog or run your way to the finish line.

You'll be supported all the way from the moment you sign up with an event app, online guides, forums and training walks. On the challenge there are safe venues, camping options, fully signed routes, chip timing, marquee rest stops, fantastic food and drink and expert safety, medical and welfare teams to get you over the finish line where you'll receive a huge cheer, medal, glass of fizz, t-shirt, massage, BBQ and more!

Challenge options

  • Full continuous 100km (Sat)

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

  • Full two-day daylight 100km (Sat and Sun)

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

  • 3/4 challenge 72km (Sat)

    72km, at your pace, through the day.

  • 1st half challenge 50km (Sat)

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

  • 2nd half challenge 50km (Sun)

    Runnymede to Henley-on-Thames.

  • 1st quarter challenge 22km (Sat)

    Fulham to Hurst Park.

  • 2nd quarter challenge 22km (Sat)

    Hurst Park to Runnymede.

  • 3rd quarter challenge 28km (Sun)

    Runnymede to Cookham.

  • 4th quarter 22km (Sun)

    Cookham to Henley.

  • Thames Bridges Trek (Sat)

    25km flat route, as it follows the Thames!

  • The Moonlight 10 Walk (Fri)

    Walk through the heart of London as darkness falls.

  • The Henley 10K (Sun)

    A fabulous 10km loop from Henley Bridge.

Event video

  • Event village
  • Traders at event

Solo or with others

Taking on an ultra trek or run is a serious challenge and tough for most people, but also achievable with the right training plan which you'll get access to when you sign up. This challenge is fully supported meaning it's the perfect way to have-a-go at a longer distance.

Charity challenge

Fundraising for a cause close to your heart is part of the challenge and you'll receive a wealth of support, advice and tips from your chosen charity to make sure you smash your fundraising target.

  • Bag storage
  • Bag transfer
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Changing facilities
  • Entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Music
  • Park
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Bishops Park, Fulham
Bishop's Avenue
Fulham
London
Greater London
SW6 6EA
UK

  • Check points
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Return transport
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

England’s greatest river provides a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable challenge. Over 3000 adventurers will join the Putney Bridge start, and the full 100km route heads upstream to Henley along the famous Towpath. It’s through Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, and Windsor, with some wonderful scenery to a riverside finish line.

With three quarter, half, quarter distance options also available – plus the 25km Thames Bridges Trek and The Moonlight 10 Walk through Central London as part of the weekend ‘festival’ – there’s a Thames Challenge for everyone!

map

  • Chip timing
  • Event app
  • Goody bag
  • GPS tracking
  • Map
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Pre-event training sessions
  • Training plan
  • T-shirt

With weekend camping options at basecamp, a bar, BBQ, music and entertainment – there’s going to be a festival feel on this challenge!

Included before

  • Dedicated challenge app to help you prepare
  • Challenge manual and event guides
  • Training walks and runs
  • Kit and equipment lists – discounts and advice
  • Preparation videos and pre-event briefing
  • Online forums – meet fellow challengers

Included on the challenge

  • Rest stops every ~12.5km – covered with seating, toilets & rest areas
  • Free food and drinks – catering to all dietary requirements
  • First aid support – at stops and en route
  • Medics, podiatrists and massage
  • Fully signed route and online maps
  • Chip-timing – keeping track of you
  • Trek Masters – to help guide you
  • Baggage transfer service
  • Emergency support and route pick-ups
  • Shuttles for retirees to take you forward
  • Bookable transfers before and after your challenge
  • Medal, t-shirt and glass of fizz at the finish

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

Every year hundreds of challengers get a discounted charity place in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charity it gives the participant advantages too, from saving tens of pounds on the registration fee to supporting a cause that is close to your heart and much more.

Benefits of taking part for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and train, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous participants.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first ultra or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elites too, who can provide exclusive tips for your challenge preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and Olympic champions.

  • Branded kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest for the big day, and often a training top too.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You won't be the only person taking part for that charity, so it's well worth meeting others through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training days, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels high.

Ultra challenges and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you go the distance for?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Homelessness

Centrepoint

Providing the support needed to give homeless young people a future.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£360

Cancer

World Cancer Research Fund

The cancer prevention experts.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact
  • Memento

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£360

Health and Medical

Parkinson's UK

Find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£360

Mental health

Mind

The mental health charity.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£360

Human rights

Refugee Action

Helping refugees build safe, hopeful and productive new lives in the UK.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£22.50

Fundraise
£360

Health and Medical

Stroke Association

Rebuilding lives after stroke.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials

Sign up
£22.50

Fundraise
£360

Cancer

Bowel Cancer UK

Beating bowel cancer together.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£360

Children

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Helping the hospital offer a better future to seriously ill children across the UK.

  • T-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£360

Children

Dreams Come True

Making dreams come true to bring joy to seriously ill children.

  • T-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£360

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£360

Children

Smile Train

Supporting cleft surgery and other forms of essential comprehensive cleft care.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£360

  • Age 14 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Fundraising required

The registration fee and minimum sponsorship amount will vary depending on which charity/distance chosen.

Age

  • 100km - 18 years and over
  • 50km - 16 years and over
  • 25km - 14 years and over
  • 14-17 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult
     

Entry fees

Registration fee

£10.00

Minimum sponsorship

£100.00

Registration fee

£40.00

Minimum sponsorship

£575.00