Ultra Challenge

WALK, JOG, OR RUN

Push Yourself Further!

Are you a walker, jogger, or runner looking for a challenge – to get in shape, or to test yourself? If so these events are for you! Whether it’s along 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 14 events is live with a ‘Winter Deal’ – so why not join us on the UK’s Number 1 Series of Endurance Events for all experience levels.

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 14 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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Winter Walk

Sat 28 & Sun Jan 2023

Marathon + 1/2 Marathon & 10K option

 

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WINTER DEAL!

10% OFF Self Fund

Use code: WINTER10%  at checkout

*Excludes Winter & Halloween Walks, 10k/10mile events, Multi Deals & Young Persons Deal

.. Valid until 25 Dec’22

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 – Your Way! 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! 

 There’s also best value ‘MULTI DEALS’ for 2 or more events – with up to 30%+ OFF!

We want to encourage the ‘YOUNG’ to join – so there’s 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 for your team without all the hassle of organising it? These events are PERFECT! Your Team will be energised, exercised, bonding, and motivated on a fun, accessible, safe, high quality outdoors event. With optional hospitality packages available –  you can make an Ultra Challenge® your company’s special event in 2023 – 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 – or to help you train & get in shape. 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 also an ‘event specific’ app available prior to each Challenge – with 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 finishers meal. 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 finishers meal – and a it’s weekend to remember!

Ultra Challenge Calendar

From the Isle of Wight up to the Lake District, there are 14 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 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

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

28 OCT 23

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

Save up to 30% with 'MULTI DEALS' for 2+ events!
+ PAYMENT PLAN OPTION

Kick Start your new year!

JAN 2023

28 & 29

London Winter Walk

A great way to walk off the festive celebrations & kick start a New Year fitness regime. Get a group together, choose your distance – Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K – wrap up & walk on Saturday or on the Sunday. You’ll get a winter bobble hat & buff, a medal, some hot food & drink – and take in some of the Capital’s highlights.

A great way to start the year as you intend it to go on! Join 4,000 Challengers and take on a brisk walk through the streets of London, and taking in many of its famous sights on either the Saturday or Sunday  – whichever suits you best. 

– 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 

– 10 km – looped route staring & finishing at the Oval

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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 sand dunes on the edge of the Sahara. A fantastic basecamp with Bedouin style camping, autumn sunshine, full support, a hotel in magical Marrakech – optional extension packages – and an unforgettable experience!

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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 ONE OF 300+ other CHARITIES

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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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
LionAid Ltd.
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
RSPCA
Senior Staffy Club
Shark Trust
Viva!
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
World Land Trust
WWF

Abby’s Heroes
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
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity
Guy’s Cancer Charity
HASAG Asbestos Disease Support
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Kidney Cancer UK
Leukaemia Care
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 Brain Tumour Charity
The Eve Appeal
The Fitness Support Network
The Prostate Project
The Robin Cancer Trust
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
The Urology Foundation
Trekstock
Walk the Walk
Willow Foundation
World Cancer Research Fund

A-T Society
ACCT UK
Amy Winehouse Foundation
Anthony Nolan
bibic
Bliss
Buttle UK
Cardiac Risk in the Young
Cardinal Hume Centre
Challengers
Child Bereavement UK
Childfirst(UK)
CHUMS Charity
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Daisy’s Dream
Diamond Kite Foundation
Diverse Abilities
Dreamflight
Dreams Come True
EPIC FOUNDATION UK
Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation Limited (ECHO Charity)
Evelina London Children’s 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
Jigsaw4u
John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation
Just4Children
KEEN London
Knight Foundation
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
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Sebastian’s Action Trust
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
Skylarks Charity
Small Steps
Starlight Children’s Foundation
The Atlas Foundation
The Brompton Fountain
The Childhood Trust
The Children’s Society
The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre
The Grand Appeal
The Lexi May Trust
The Ruth Strauss Foundation
Tiny Tickers
Tree of Hope
War Child UK
WeSeeHope
When You Wish Upon a Star
White Lodge
Winston’s Wish
Young Epilepsy
Young Lives vs Cancer

British Dyslexia Association
Cotswold Riding for the Disabled
Friends of the Caribbean
Maddys Mark
Nexus Institute of Creative Arts
Sussex Cricket Foundation
Teach First
The Fortune Centre Of Riding Therapy
WAM Youth

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
Forest Holme Hospice Charity
Francis House Children’s Hospice
Havens Hospices
Helen & Douglas House
Hospice UK
Hospiscare
Isabel Hospice
Julia’s House
Keech Hospice Care
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care
LOROS
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
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
St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne)
The Hospice of St Francis
The Myton Hospices
Weldmar Hospicecare
Willen Hospice
Winchester Hospice
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

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

Action for M.E.
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Air Ambulance – Kent Surrey Sussex
Alcohol Change UK
Allergy UK
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Society
Asthma + Lung UK
Ataxia UK
Bowel Research UK
Brain Tumour Support
British Heart Foundation
British Liver Trust
British Skin Foundation
Burning Nights CRPS Support
Cardiomyopathy UK
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support
Cianna’s Smile
Coeliac UK
Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Darby Rimmer MND Foundation
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
Friends of Breathe Arts Health Research
Group B Strep Support
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire Medical Fund
Harrow Shopmobility
Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust
HeadwayUK
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
HEART UK
Ichthyosis Support Group
Imperial Health Charity
JDRF
Kidney Care UK
Kidney Research UK
London’s Air Ambulance
LUPUS UK
Macular Society
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 Autistic Society
National Kidney Federation
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST)
Northamptonshire Health Charity
Nystagmus Network
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
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
Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK
Stroke Association
Terrence Higgins Trust
The Haemophilia Society
The Lily Foundation
The Lullaby Trust
The Meath Epilepsy Charity
The National Brain Appeal
The UK Mastocytosis Support Group
Thyroid UK
UK Infantile Spasms Trust
UK Sepsis Trust
University of Birmingham
Versus Arthritis

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

ABF The Soldier’s Charity (South West)
Help for Heroes
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
African Adventures Foundation
CAFOD
Dig Deep
Farm Africa
Frank Water
Medecins Sans Frontieres UK
New Futures Nepal
Refugee Action
Release International
SALVE International
Tearfund
WaterAid

4Louis
Age UK Medway
Amnesty International UK
Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Centre for Women’s Justice
Centrepoint
Christians Against Poverty
Crisis UK
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Family Fund
Friends of Essex and London Homeless
Glass Door Homeless Charity
Humankind Charity
Hyde Charitable Trust
Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
Refuge
Shelter
Solace Women’s Aid
SPEAR
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