Ultra Challenge

WALK, JOG, OR RUN

Push Yourself Further!

Are you a walker, jogger, or runner looking for a challenge – perhaps to get in shape, or to test yourself ?If so these events are for you! Whether it’s along a stunning coastline, or on trails through the best of Britain’s countryside, your Ultra Challenge® will be unforgettable – with full support all the way, new friends made, optional fundraising for your favourite charity, and an amazing sense of achievement. Our 2023 calendar with 15 events is live with an ‘Early Bird Deal’. Join us, and go for it on the UK’s number 1 series of endurance events  – for all levels of experience & ages.

25 KM, 50 KM, or 100 KM

As a Team or Individual

for You or for Charity

14 Amazing Challenges

100,000 or so adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, raising over £40 million for charities, and the 15 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and push yourself further on an unforgettable inspirational event. 

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Lake District Challenge

10-11 June 2023

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Isle of Wight Challenge

29 – 30 April 2023

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London 2 Brighton Challenge

27-28 May 2023

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South Coast Challenge

2-3 Sept 2023

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Jurassic Coast Challenge

13-14 May 2023

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Thames Path Challenge

9 – 10 Sept 2023

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk

+ The Henley 10K

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South West Coast 50 Challenge

5 August 2023

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Peak District Challenge

8-9 July 2023

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Cotswold Way Challenge

24 – 25 June 2023

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Chiltern 50 Challenge

24 Sept 2022

 

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North Downs 50 Challenge

22 July 2023

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Easter 50 Challenge

1 April 2023

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Halloween Marathon Walk

Sat 29 Oct 2022

+ 1/2 marathon & 10K option

 

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It's Your Challenge
Your Way!

High quality endurance style events to take on at your pace, for a wide range of fitness levels, ages & experience. For teams & individuals, for a charity of your choice or just do it for yourself – and achieve something special. No obstacles or mud pools, just wonderful British scenery, full support all the way, lots of food & drink, camaraderie, and your spirit, determination & sense of adventure! With 14 events, 3 distance options, and a few 10 km ‘tasters’ – there’s an Ultra Challenge® for everyone!

Your Challenge – at Your pace! Most walk, but many ‘jog’ so may run a bit, walk a bit and see how it goes! At the front ‘runners’ may be stepping up from a marathon distance, testing themselves against the clock, or out for ‘UTMB’ qualifying points.

A ‘continuous’ 100km full Ultra Challenge is pretty tough, but absolutely achievable with good preparation, our support teams, and rest stops stocked with plenty of food. Or – there’s a 2 Day 100 km ‘Daylight’ option with half way camping as an alternative. There’s also a great range of testing single day 50km ‘Half’ challenges, scenic 25km ‘Quarter’ challenges. and a few 10 km ‘Taster’ options.

It only takes 2 to make a Team – but the more the merrier! A Team of friends can motivate & support each other, whilst sharing an unforgettable adventure with a great reason to celebrate! Teams can do the same, or a mix of distances, and sign up with the same or a mix of funding options. Individuals will meet many new friends en-route – and our experienced Team looks after everyone!

Many fundraise for a charity of their choice, and you’ll be amazed how much you can raise, as friends & family will recognise & support your ‘tough’ endeavours. The Series raises £7+ million / year for UK charities. Others just want a great challenge – Self Fund their place – and achieve something special. There are discounts for ‘young persons’ (18 and under) as we’re keen to get them active! 

We have deals for ‘Past Participants’ (see ‘Deals’ tab / page), and there’s 15% OFF your 2nd Ultra Challenge® in a season with our ‘Duo Deal’ – plus best value ‘Multi Deals’ for 3 or more events – with up to 30%+ OFF.

We want to encourage the ‘young’ to join – so its 33% OFF for those aged 18 or less (subject to event distance rules)

If you have ambitions of competing in the famous ‘Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc’ event – an Ultra Challenge® is perfect to clock up ‘qualifying points’. Full Challenges (~100 km) have 3 or 4 points available & Half Challenges (~50 km) from 1 – 3 points.  

Looking for a great event to get your team together, without all the hassle of organising it? These events are PERFECT! Your Team will be energised, bonding & motivated on a fun, accessible, safe, high quality event. With optional hospitality packages –  you can make an Ultra Challenge® your company’s special event – maybe supporting your ‘charity of the year’.

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Alongside the ‘Real Challenges’ there are parallel ‘Virtual Versions’ of each Ultra Challenge®, enabling friends, family, and anyone else to get involved. A great way to boost your fundraising network if you’re supporting a charity – or to get many more colleagues involved & active if you’re a company

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Download our Ultra Challenge® App once you’ve signed up – with guides, optional extras, and the latest updates; there’s an ‘event specific’ app available prior to each Challenge – with all the final details.  Our lively Facebook forum is great for advice & meeting fellow Challengers. If you’re fundraising, your charity sends a support pack & their contact details.

Experienced Challengers help develop our training guides & videos, on – foot care, nutrition, hydration, & building distance up for all levels of experience. We also run a few optional training walks – and for runners, bookable sessions with an Ultra coach.

There are bookable coach transfers, shuttle busses, & parking options before & after your challenge to make travel planning easier.  Most Events offer camping packages at the ~50km Saturday ‘half way’ for the 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km challenge option (or for a ‘half’ challenge) and at the main start venue for Friday night before the event.

Pink arrows, and glow-sticks at night, mark the route, and with Google route maps in the App – you won’t get lost on an Ultra Challenge®! Our chip timing scans you at rest stops, with your progress tracked, and can be shared online.  If you want ‘real time tracking‘ to share with family & friends – there’s our new Geo Tracker hire service.

Our rest stops are the BEST! Covered stops every ~12.5 km or so, and major ones each ~25 km – all with seating, clean toilets, medical services, & shuttle busses. There’s a range of snacks & drinks at all stops, with full meals at the ‘major’ ones and the finish, all included in your entry fee. Ultra Challenge rest stops will help you get to that finish line!

Rest stops have expert medical teams, with – doctors, paramedics, first aiders, podiatrists, & massage. There’re emergency response teams, safety marshals & experienced ‘Trek Masters’ on the route – with a 24 hr Control Room monitoring all aspects of the event just a phone call away. 

An Ultra Challenge® finish line is a celebration, and quite emotional for many after a tough journey. You’ll get a big cheer, a quality medal, a glass of fizz to toast your success, a visit to the massage tent, and a welcome BBQ. Memories will be long lasting – maybe personal goals redefined – and a great sense of achievement that, once aches & pains subside, will leave you wanting another challenge!

Full Support

An Ultra Challenge® is a journey. We’ll help you prepare with an App, online guides, forums, and training material. On the day there’re  camping options, shuttle busses, a warm up & noisy send off, a fully signed route, chip timing, marquee rest stops, fantastic food & drink included, and expert safety, medical & welfare teams. A big finish line cheer, with a medal, a glass of fizz, a souvenir T shirt, a massage, a BBQ – and a it’s weekend to remember!

Ultra Challenge Calendar

From the Isle of Wight up to the Lake District, there are 15 fantastic events you can join. Some have stunning coastal paths, others have up’s & down’s with rolling hills, and a few are on historic trails. Each Ultra Challenge® is unforgettable – with distance options to suit anyone who’s up for a challenge! Our 2022 events run to October, and the 2023 calendar is live for registrations with ‘Early Bird‘ deals and a new Multi Event ‘PAYMENT PLAN‘ option.

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A spooky walk through London’s streets – full or half marathon options

28 & 29 JAN 23

A full, half marathon or 10k walk through London’s iconic sights

1 April 23

50 or 25 km looped routes through Windsor & the Thames Valley

29/30 APR 23

Around the Islands’ stunning coastal path. Cliffs, beaches, & climbs

13/14 MAY 23

Iconic Dorset Coastline – with amazing scenery & great climbs

27/28 MAY 23

Classic Capital to Coast. Richmond start, N & S Downs

10/11JUNE 23

Looped route from Kendal base camp in the Lake Distric

24/25 June 23

Looped route from Cirencester base camp. Rolling hills & views

8/9 July 23

Looped routes from Bakewell base camp – great scenery & climbs

22 JULY 23

Looped 50km route which takes in some of the best of the Surrey hills

5 AUG 23

A Minehead start taking in the best of Exmoor and the stunning coastline

2/3 SEPT 23

Eastbourne start, 7 Sisters, S Downs Way, Brighton & Arundel

8 SEPT 23

Take on a 10km or a 10 mile loop of the city by twilight

9 SEPT 23

25 km & zig-zag over 16 of London’s historic bridges – Capital’s best views!

9/10 SEPT 23

Take on England’s greatest river – from Putney Bridge to Henley

23 sept 23

End of season. 50 km, Henley base camp, entertainment & camping

2023 EARLY BIRD DEAL!

.. EXTENDED TO MID-OCTOBER

Sign up by 16 Oct & get a FREE tech T shirt  worth £20

+ Save up to £20 OFF Self Funding

AND – up to 30% OFF with Multi Deals + New Payment Plan option!

OR up to 50% OFF Charity Reg Fees with ‘Official Partners’

Join our City shocker!

OCT 2022

Sat 29

Halloween Walk

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

THE SAHARAN CHALLENGE

... Autumn Spectacular!

The ultimate Moroccan adventure! A special end of season Ultra Challenge® with 2 marathon distances over 2 days heading down the spectacular Draa Valley to a finish line amongst the dunes on the edge of the Sahara. A basecamp with Bedouin style camping, autumn sunshine, a hotel in magical Marrakech on return – and an unforgettable experience!

Our 2023 Charity Partners

We’re proud to work with a range of fantastic charities, which will benefit from the ~£7 million fundraising each year. Our Ultra Challenge 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 – and a range of Associate Partners.  Choose to fundraise for a Charity Partner and you’ll get up to 50% OFF normal reg fees – and they’ll provide support to help you reach your target!

Series Partners

Challenge Partners

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

or fundraise for over 300+ others

About us

For over 20 years we have organised inspirational challenge events and unforgettable adventures, in the UK and Worldwide for individuals to join, and for private groups, companies, and charities. Our events have also helped to raise £100 million for charities.

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Full Details of our 2023 Ultra Challenge® Series

Ready to join an Ultra Challenge®?

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2023 EARLY BIRD

SIGN UP BY 16 OCTOBER - GET A FREE ULTRA TECH T-SHIRT WORTH £20*

APPLIES FOR SELF FUND & CHARITY SIGN UPS

AND - SELF FUND & SAVE!

FULL CHALLENGE = £20 OFF Reg Fee 

(Use CodeEARLYFULL – at Checkout) 

HALF CHALLENGE = £12.50 OFF Reg Fee 

(Use CodeEARLYHALFat Checkout) 

QUARTER CHALLENGE = £7.50 OFF Reg Fee  

(Use Code – EARLYQUART – at Checkout) 

EXCLUDES - Winter & Halloween Walks & 10k/mile events

OR - 50% OFF CHARITY REG FEES WITH 'OFFICIAL PARTNERS'

2023 MULTI DEALS

Do more events & Save up to 30%+

  • Available on 2 or more Self Fund events
  • FREE Ultra Challenge Fleece for 4+ events
  • PAYMENT PLAN option also now available 

*NOTE - T shirts posted from end of Oct. If you cancel an event £20 is deducted from any refund due

You can fundraise for over
300 different charities...

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Blue Cross
Borneo Orangutan Survival UK
Cats Protection
Dogs For Good
Dogs Trust
Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Foal Farm Animal Rescue (Friends of Animals League)
Just One Ocean
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
RSPCA
Senior Staffy Club
Shark Trust
Viva!
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
World Land Trust
WWF

Action Bladder Cancer UK
Action Kidney Cancer
Against Breast Cancer
Bone Cancer Research Trust
Bowel Cancer UK
Brain Tumour Research
Breast Cancer Now
Cancer Research UK
Children with Cancer UK
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Kidney Cancer UK
Leukaemia UK
Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
Look Good Feel Better
Lymphoma Action
Macmillan Cancer Support
Mesothelioma UK CIO
Myeloma UK
Ovacome
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic Cancer UK
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre
Prostate Cancer Research
Prostate Cancer UK
Rowan Tree Cancer Care
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Sarcoma UK
Shine Cancer Support
Team Verrico
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teens Unite Fighting Cancer
The Bowel Movement
The Bowel Movement
The Brain Tumour Charity
The Eve Appeal
The Prostate Project
The Robin Cancer Trust
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
The Urology Foundation
Walk the Walk
Willow Foundation
World Cancer Research Fund

Amy Winehouse Foundation
bibic
Bliss
Cardiac Risk in the Young
Cardinal Hume Centre
Challengers
Child Bereavement UK
CHUMS Charity
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Daisy’s Dream
Diverse Abilities
Dreamflight
Dreams Come True
Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation Limited (ECHO Charity)
Friends and Families
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust
Home-Start UK
It’s Never You
Jamie’s Farm
John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation
Just4Children
KEEN London
Make-a-Wish
MYTIME Young Carers
National Deaf Children’s Society
NSPCC
Open Arms Malawi
Place2Be
Railway Children
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
Starlight Children’s Foundation
The Atlas Foundation
The Brompton Fountain
The Brompton Fountain
The Childhood Trust
The Grand Appeal
The Lexi May Trust
The Ruth Strauss Foundation
Tiny Tickers
Tree of Hope
Tree of Hope
WeSeeHope
Winston’s Wish
Young Lives vs Cancer

British Dyslexia Association
Friends of the Caribbean
Sussex Cricket Foundation
Teach First

Brake the road safety charity

Acorns Children’s Hospice
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
Ashgate Hospice
Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice
Children’s Hospice South West
Cornwall Hospice Care
Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Demelza Hospice Care
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Farleigh Hospice
Francis House Children’s Hospice
Havens Hospices
Hospice UK
Hospiscare
Isabel Hospice
Julia’s House
Keech Hospice Care
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care
LOROS
Pilgrims Hospices
Rowans Hospice
Royal Trinity Hospice
Salisbury Hospice Charity
St Barnabas House
St Helena Hospice
St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow and Brent)
St Lukes Hospice (Basildon & Thurrock)
St Peter’s Hospice
St Raphael’s Hospice
The Hospice of St Francis
The Myton Hospices
Weldmar Hospicecare
Willen Hospice
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust
Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity
Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity
Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust
Oxford Health Charity
Oxford Health Charity
RNOH Charity – The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Southampton Hospital Charity
Spread a Smile
St Georges Hospital Charity
St Marks Hospital Foundation

Air Ambulance – Kent Surrey Sussex
Alcohol Change UK
Allergy UK
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Society
Asthma + Lung UK
Ataxia UK
British Heart Foundation
British Liver Trust
British Skin Foundation
Cardiomyopathy UK
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support
Cianna’s Smile
Crohn’s & Colitis UK
DEBRA
Dementia UK
Different Strokes
Down’s Syndrome Association
Duchenne UK
Encephalitis Society
Endometriosis UK
Epilepsy Action
Epilepsy Research UK
Epilepsy Society
Facial Palsy UK
Fight for Sight
Group B Strep Support
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire Medical Fund
Harrow Shopmobility
HeadwayUK
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
HEART UK
Imperial Health Charity
JDRF
Kidney Care UK
Kidney Research UK
London’s Air Ambulance
LUPUS UK
Magpas Air Ambulance
Mencap
Meningitis Now
Moorfields Eye Charity
Motor Neurone Disease Association
MPS Society
MS Society
MS Trust
Multiple System Atrophy Trust
Muscular Dystrophy UK
National Kidney Federation
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST)
Northamptonshire Health Charity
Nystagmus Network
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Parkinson’s UK
PKD Charity
Play2Give
Pregnancy Sickness Support
Pregnancy Sickness Support
PSP Association
Retina UK
Reverse Rett
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Sands, Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity
Scannappeal
Stroke Association
Terrence Higgins Trust
The Haemophilia Society
The Lily Foundation
The Lullaby Trust
The Meath Epilepsy Charity
The National Brain Appeal
Thyroid UK
UK Infantile Spasms Trust
UK Sepsis Trust
Versus Arthritis

Amy Winehouse Foundation
Beat
Buckinghamshire Mind
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably
Combat Stress
CPSL Mind
Dorset Mind
DrugFAM
Edward’s Trust
Mencap
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Research UK
MIND
Music for my Mind
PTSD UK
Rethink Mental Illness
RIPPLE SUICIDE PREVENTION
Samaritans
SANE
South East and Central Essex Mind
Suicide&Co
The Survivors Trust
Transform Housing & Support
Vetlife
YoungMinds

ABF The Soldier’s Charity (South West)
RBLI – Royal British Legion Industries
Royal Air Forces Association
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
“SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity”
The Block Armed forces community advice and crisis support cic

ActionAid UK
CAFOD
Dig Deep
Farm Africa
Frank Water
Medecins Sans Frontieres UK
New Futures Nepal
Refugee Action
Release International
SALVE International
Tearfund

4Louis
Age UK Medway
Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Centre for Women’s Justice
Centrepoint
Christians Against Poverty
Crisis UK
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Family Fund
Glass Door Homeless Charity
Humankind Charity
Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
National Autistic Society
Refuge
Shelter
Solace Women’s Aid
St Mungo’s
Sue Ryder
Thames Valley Air Ambulance
The Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
The Fire Fighters Charity
The Trussell Trust
WAY Widowed and Young
Women’s Aid Federation of England

Our Charity Partners

Search from over 400 charities you can fundraise for