2023 – A record year for Ultra Challenges!

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Nicola Smith

Event Director

… with over 32,000 adventurers taking on one of the 16 Ultra Challenge events as a Walk, Jog, or Run. We also have some exciting news!

On our ‘Ultra’ distances (100km & 50km) in 2023 – 51% of the participants were FEMALE!

Commenting on this milestone – Julian Risley (Ultra Challenge CEO) said, ‘a base 50:50 split was a quiet target that we hoped to hit this year, and once we had hit a 52% female participation figure on our Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge, we knew that our overall target was possible – and we’re proud to be the first to beat that threshold, which is a reflection of the unmatched levels of support, hospitality and camaraderie that participants get on an Ultra Challenge compared to other endurance style events  – and it’s what enables anyone & everyone to push themselves further if they’re up for a challenge’!

We’re now moving our sights to encouraging ‘YOUNG’ challengers to join us and get them out & about in the great British countryside, boost their wellbeing, and hopefully supporting good causes.

Our 2024 ambition is to treble the number of our participants aged 21 or younger – so that we get 3,000 students and young adults taking part in an Ultra Challenge event.

We are reaching out to all our charity partners who have close relationships with universities & colleges to offer a special ‘student deal’ to encourage participation and fundraising, our ‘YOUNG PERSONS DEAL’ also gives 20% OFF Self-Funding registration fees for all 100km, 50km, and 25 km Ultra Challenge events.

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New Training Walk Date!

One of the best ways to prepare for your Ultra Challenge is to join one of our organised training walks. Get the ‘feel’ for the challenge ahead – and build up that base level of fitness and meet some follow Challengers.

Whether you’re taking on your first 25 km or going for the full 100 km – there is a training walk for you!

NEW: 50km route – London Summer Walk – 20% OFF launch discount!

We are excited to announce the launch of the NEW 50km distance on the London Summer Walk! We’re elevating the August bank holiday with a new route to help you push yourself further this summer. Now you can take on the 10km, 25km or the new 50km as you walk off the summer in style.

NEW CHALLENGE LAUNCHED: Kent Downs 50 Challenge! 25% off Early Bird!

We are excited to be launching our newest Ultra Challenge for 2024 – the Kent Downs 50 Challenge – taking place Saturday 12th October! A NEW end of season Ultra Challenge®– in the ‘Garden of England’  – with a basecamp near Maidstone, with parking & weekend camping options.