Ultra Challenge®

Join Us for an
Ultra Challenge®

5 Events to Choose from

Join ARQIVA and take on an Ultra Challenge in 2024, fundraising to support Children With Cancer UK. Strap on your boots, join your colleagues, and take on your chosen challenge!

Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee. You can choose to “self-fund” your entry, with no fundraising target – or you can choose a fundraising option with a lower entry fee and raise more for the charity. Its up to you!

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages – and UK’s #1 series of treks & trial runs. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 14 events in the Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key, and from the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App – with training guides, optional training walks, maps, online forums, and the latest news & updates.

Rest Stops every ~12.5 km with ‘major’ ones every ~25 km, and are much more than the shaky gazebo with water that you see on some events. We’ve marquee cover, large medical & welfare tents, catering services, seating areas for recovery, changing rooms, and a friendly welcome!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops. There’s also the option to hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key. We pride ourselves on the quantity & quality of our catering, and whichever distance you are on – meals, snacks & drinks are included – so no need to carry much!

  • Snacks & drink stops every 12.5 km
  • Snacks – from the healthy to treats
  • Meals / food every 25 km
  • Energy drinks
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • Finishers meal

We generally have a ~50 km campsite for rest & sleep if you’re on the 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, or if you finish / start a 50 km ‘half’ Challenge. Book an inclusive package or ‘pitch your own’ – there’re showers and chill out areas.

We’ve experienced Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists, and Massage Teams at Rest Stops. There’re ‘Self Help’ areas with blister plasters, talc, Vaseline, and tape if you want to patch your own feet. Our mobile Emergency Medical Teams are only a phone call away, via our 24 hour Control Room

We don’t want you to forget that finish-line moment – our Cheer Squad will ensure you won’t! You’ll get a medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and a glass of fizz, before heading to a finishers meal and a well earned rest. Download your official Challenge certificate when you’re ready.

There’re shuttles to local train stations for onward travel, and most finish lines have parking so supporters can meet you. We’ve bus ‘transfers’ to / back to key venues (eg the start) – and check out the ‘Bookable Extras’ for details of all transport options.

Your Challenge
Your Way!

Top quality endurance style events to take on at your pace, for a wide range of fitness levels, ages & experience. Join as a team of any size or as an individual, and support your favourite charity. You’ll enjoy wonderful British scenery, get full support all the way so you push yourself further, and with the camaraderie, spirit & determination – there’s an amazing sense of achievement at the finish line! With 16 events & up to 5 distance options, there’s an Ultra Challenge® for you!

YOUR CHALLENGE,  YOUR WAY, AT YOUR PACE!

Most choose to Walk at a pace that suits them; many ‘Jog’ so they might run some bits & also walk sections; at the front ‘Runners’ may be stepping up from a marathon distance to a fully supported ‘ultra’ distance, or testing themselves against the clock on the trails.

* Note4 of the events are ‘Walking / Trekking’ only.

A ‘continuous’ 100 km full ultra is quite tough, but is absolutely achievable with good preparation, the famous Ultra Challenge® support teams & rest stops stocked with plenty of food & drink. OR – there’s a 2 Day 100 km ‘Daylight’ option with half way camping as a great alternative.

There’s also a new 75 km 3/4 challenge option on some events, alongside a fantastic range of testing single day 50 km ‘Half’ challenges, scenic 25 km ‘Quarter’ challenges, and even a few 10 km / mile ‘taster’ options. 

* Minimum age rules per distance apply.

An Ultra Challenge® is a special journey. We’ll help you prepare with an App, online guides, forums, and training material. On the day there are camping options, shuttle busses, a warm up & noisy send off, a fully signed route, and chip timing.

There are marquee rest stops every 12.5 km or so – with a fantastic range of food & drink, alongside expert safety, medical & welfare teams – which enable you to go further on an Ultra Challenge® 

An Ultra Challenge® is a personal journey, and the finish line is a celebration, and often quite emotional for many. You’ll get a big cheer, a well earned high quality medal, a glass of fizz to toast your success, a visit to the massage tent, and a welcome finishers meal.

Memories will be long lasting – maybe personal goals redefined – and there’s a great sense of achievement that, once aches & pains subside, will leave you wanting another challenge! 

There are 3 ways to sign up to an Ultra Challenge® and support Children With Cancer UK. Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, which means for some options, you can sign up for free!

As these are tough events, you’ll be amazed at how much you can raise, as friends, family, & colleagues will recognise & appreciate the nature of  your endeavours! 

1.OWN PLACE FUNDRAISING – you pay the cost of your event place & also fundraise whatever you can. Arqiva will cover the first £50 of this entry fee, and you will have NO targets or deadlines & NO event place cost for your Charity!

– EG for a 50 km challenge, £89 Fee & raise what you can!

 

2. MIXED FUNDING – you pay half the event place (with Arqiva covering £50 of this) & also fundraise with a lower target – 50% due 3 weeks prior to the event (the Charity covers the balance of your place cost).

  – EG for a 50 km challenge, £25 Reg Fee & £225 Fundraising

** WITH ALL THE ABOVE OPTIONS – REG FEES & FUNDRAISING TARGETS VARY BY CHOSEN DISTANCE

THE EVENTS

From the Isle of Wight up to the Lake District, there are 6 fantastic UK 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 ready for a challenge!Walk, Jog, or Run the best of Britain! With ‘continuous’ Full 100 km challenges or a 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option with camping at half way, a new 75 km ‘3/4’ choice, testing 50 km Half & 25 km Quarter distance options, a couple of engaging off-road marathons, and a few 10K ‘taster’ events – there’s an Ultra Challenge® for everyone!

SCROLL DOWN TO EXPLORE – events are in DATE ORDER 

HOW TO JOIN

EVENT DETAILS & SIGN UP

APRIL 2024

Sat 6

Easter 50
Ultra Challenge®

Overview
The first Ultra Challenge of the season – and a good one to take on after the Easter break! From the Windsor Racecourse basecamp, you can Walk, Jog or Run a looped route 50 km, 25 km, or 10 km through historic Windsor, along the Thames Path, and enjoy some wonderful surrounding countryside. You’ll get a few Easter surprises, a neck buff & medal, hot food & drink at the finish – and it’s a great event to test those legs, and to get in shape.
Highlights

Join us the weekend after Easter.  Windsor is the historic backdrop – and the Racecourse is our Challenge basecamp. You’ll head through the Great Park, with fantastic views of the Castle, along the famous Thames Path, and take in some wonderful surrounding countryside.  It’s easy to get to, there’s plenty of parking – a great atmosphere, and distance options to suit all.

Challenge Options
  • 50km (Figure of 8 – 2 loops) – through Windsor to a rest stop at Runnymede, and back to basecamp via The great Park for a picnic lunch. Then a 2nd 25 km loop out of basecamp to Eton and taking in the Thames Path. Hot food at the finish.
  • 25km (Loop) – through Windsor with a rest stop at historic Runnymede, and back to basecamp via the Castle’s Great Park. Hot food at the finish.
  • 10km (Loop) – around Windsor and the castle area. Picnic at finish.
Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Parking is available to book at the basecamp.
  • Pre & post challenge bus transfer options from Slough Station (good links to London & the west)

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?

The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). 
Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.

 

How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.

MAY 2024

18-19

Jurassic Coast
Ultra Challenge®

Overview

Spectacular World Heritage coastline, and an amazing challenge with distance options for all! This is one of the best Ultra Challenges – a tough one – but the most popular, as there’re distance options to suit all!  From the Corfe Castle start, the main route heads down to Swanage, and along to Weymouth at half way for the 100 km full challenge, with lots of ups & downs – and then on to a welcome finish line celebration in the vibrant Dorset town of Bridport.

Highlights

One of Britain’s stunning coastlines, and a fantastic setting for a challenge – with amazing views, a few steep hills, and varied landscape. A Corfe Castle start, down to Swanage and west to Lulworth Cove and Weymouth at the ‘half way’. Down to the iconic Durdle Door, along to Abbotsbury, on to Chesil Beach, over West Bay’s famous sandstone cliffs – and finally a welcome finish line in Bridport. Highlights all the way – and  distance choices to suit everyone! With camping options at the Corfe Castle & Weymouth – it will be an unforgettable Dorset Coast weekend.

Challenge Options
  • Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge from Corfe Castle to Bridport, via Weymouth.

  • Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days, with Weymouth half way overnight camping option or local hotel / B&B.

  • 3/4 Challenge (76km) – new for 2024 – and perfect if you want to up the distance – without taking on the Full 100km

  • 1st Half –  a tough & varied 58 km, from Corfe Castle to Weymouth, with many of the ‘Jurassic’ highlights.

  • 2nd Half – 42 km (a marathon!) from Weymouth to Bridport. Also Ideal for joining a ‘Full Challenge’ friend.

  • Jurassic Marathon – 42 km Corfe Castle to Weymouth – so much better than pounding those pavements!

  • Quarters1st (25 km) is a loop of the Isle of Purbeck via Swanage, or The Classic Jurassic 2nd Quarter (34 km) to Weymouth via Lulworth Cove.

  • Bridport 10K –  a great looped route out of our main finish line basecamp taking in a wonderful coastal section.

Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Pre-event shuttles from local train stations to start
  • Pre-event transfer from finish lines (so you can ‘park & ride’ to your start)
  • Post-event shuttles to local station & back to the start
  • Parking – at the start in Corfe Castle + at Weymouth + at Bridport

 

Camping Options

  • Inclusive packages or pitch only.
  • Available at the main Corfe Castle start (for Friday evening)
  • Weymouth 58 km ‘half way’ stop for 2 day ‘Full Challenge’ or for ‘Half, Quarter, or Marathon.

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?

The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). 
Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.

 

How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.

MAY 2024

25-26

London 2 Brighton
Ultra Challenge®

Overview

A favourite route for vintage cars & cycles – and the original Ultra Challenge – now in its 11 year, with a varied 60% off-road route, and a classic challenge! A Richmond and on towards the North Downs and on through wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside to Turners Hill at halfway (with optional camping). The Full 100 km challenge heads up & over the South Downs before the welcome sight of the Brighton coastline and the racecourse finish line. Thee’ re distance options to suit all!

Highlights

A lively start in Richmond – and then along the Thames to Kingston, and a picnic lunch near Sutton. On over the North Downs and through wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside to the ‘half way’ point at Turners Hill. For full 100 km challengers – its more Sussex countryside and then up & over the steep South Downs with the Brighton coast then coming into view – followed by the final push towards a memorable Brighton Racecourse finish line.

Challenge Options
  • Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge, starting from Richmond.

  • Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with a half way overnight camping option or B&B.

  • 3/4 Challenge – 75 km & ideal if you want to ‘up your distance’ – without committing to a Full 100km – and you miss out the first ‘semi urban’ 25km! Sutton > Brighton

  • 1st Half – 58 km to Turners Hill, taking in the North Downs and some wonderful countryside.

  • 2nd Half – 42 km from Turners Hill – a Marathon distance! Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

  • Quarters – if 25 km is more your thing – there’s the 1st & 2nd + the NEW Brighton 25 km

Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Pre-event transfers so you can park at the finish of your challenge, and get a transfer to the start
  • Post event transfers – to local train stations

 

Camping Options

  • Inclusive package, or pitch only / camper van.
  • Available Saturday night at Tully’s Farm Half Way (Turners Farm 58 km) location. For 2 Day 100km, or a Half challenge.

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?

The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). 
Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.

 

How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.

JUNE 2024

8-9

Lake District
Ultra Challenge®

Overview

Take on & enjoy some of England’s finest countryside at your pace. From our convenient Kendal basecamp (with optional camping) the full 100 km route is an anticlockwise loop taking in a few tough hills & fells, Ambleside, Lake Windermere at half way (with hostel accommodation option) nature reserves, and forests  – with stunning views en-route – and distance options to suit all adventurers!

Highlights

A World Heritage site – and world famous scenery, with fells, lakes, and forests – and all in all – the best of England! Kendal, on the edge of the National Park, makes a perfect start/finish base camp for an amazing challenge – with optional pre-event camping & half-way hostel accommodation by Windermere for ‘2 Day & Half’ challengers. There’s also a fantastic, scenic, 10km loop option from Ambleside – and  a NEW Marathon distance for 2024 – also finishing in Ambleside.

Challenge Options
  • Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge. with a Kendal start & finish.

  • Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days – overnight YMCA Lakeside hostel / B&B option at Windermere half way.

    – 1st Half  ~50 km taking in Garburn Pass & Ambleside to Windermere Lakeside, with YMCA hostel option.

  • 2nd Half ~50 km from Lakeside & also ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

  • Lakes Marathon 42 km –  New for 2024. Takes in the stunning first quarter, and adds a fantastic loop around Ambleside.

  • Quarters – if 29 km might suit you – the stunning 1st Quarter goes to Ambleside via the tough Garburn Pass.

  • Ambleside 10K – a truly fantastic looped route from our major Rest Stop – and perfect if you’re staying near by and want a short / sharp challenge!

Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Pre-event transfers so you can park at the finish of your challenge, and get a transfer to the start
  • Post event transfers – to local train stations
  • Parking – available at Kendal start/ finish and half way YMCA location

 

Accommodation & Camping

  • Camping – at Kendal start/ finish Rugby Club Friday & Saturday night
  • YMCA dorm rooms available (private & shared) Saturday night – ideal for 2 Day Challengers & 1st Half or 2nd Half. Camping also available at YMCA

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?

The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). 
Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.

 

How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.

JUNE 2024

22-23

Cotswold Way
Ultra Challenge®

Overview

A spectacular 100 km looped route from our new basecamp in Cirencester – the ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds – which takes in some fabulous scenery. Stunning views, idyllic villages, and rolling hills – it’s easy to access, plenty of parking, and there’s onsite pre-event University style accommodation at basecamp. A testing challenge, with some tough climbs in the first half –  and rewards with a real sense of achievement.

Highlights

A looped route from our Cirencester basecamp with a some tough, including Coaley Peak with stunning views out to the west towards the Bristol Channel & Wales beyond. ‘Half way, of the full challenge, is Wotton-under-Edge – with camping options available. A great way to experience the best of the Cotswolds – and with optional University hall accommodation at the basecamp makes it better than ever!

Challenge Options
  • Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Cirencester start & finish.
  • Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with half way overnight camping option or B&B.

  • 3/4 Challenge (new) ~76 km from Painswick to Cirencester – and ideal if you want to ‘up’ your distance!

  • 1st Half ~53 km to Wotton, taking in a few tough hills – but rewarded with stunning views!

  • 2nd Half  ~47 km from Wotton. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

  • Quarters – if 25 km is more your thing – there’re options for both the 1st & the stunning 2nd

  • Cirencester 10 km (new)  – if you’re in the area and want a bit of exercise and to explore the countryside – come and join us. Families are welcome! 

Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Pre-event transfers so you can park at the finish of your challenge, and get a transfer to the start
  • Post event transfers – to local train stations
  • Weekend parking at Cirencester & Wotton

 

Accommodation & Camping

  • Friday (& Saturday) night accommodation option in University halls at Cirencester start/ finish
  • Saturday night camping packages at Wootton Half Way rest stop

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?
The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.



How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.

JULY 2024

6-7

Peak District
Ultra Challenge®

Overview

We’ll welcome 2,000 adventurers into the fabulous Peak District National Park, and our major ‘Basecamp’ hub set-up in idyllic Bakewell, with a range of camping options, hospitality & local accommodation. The full 100 km Challenge takes in a varied figure of 8 route through Derbyshire’s finest scenery with wonderful views, and with 50 km, 25 km  & 10 mile distance options passing Chatsworth House – there’s a Peaks Challenge for all! 

Highlights

The figure of 8 route out from our Bakewell basecamp provides fantastic & varied experience – from Chatsworth House & disused historic railway lines  to Dales and rolling countryside with fabulous views. Choose a distance that suits, and with camping options at basecamp – or nearby B&B’s in Bakewell itself  – it makes for a great Peaks weekend away!

Challenge Options
  • Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Bakewell basecamp start, half way, & finish.
  • Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days with half way Bakewell overnight camping option or B&B.
  • 3/4 Challenge (new) ~73 km from Bakewell to Bakewell – and ideal if you want to ‘up’ your distance
  • 1st Half ~50 km Bakewell North Loop, with Chatsworth House, and  wonderful scenery.
  • 2nd Half ~50 km – South loop – also ideal if you want to join a Full Challenge friend.
  • Quarter – 25 km loop from Bakewell basecamp – both pass by Chatsworth House.
  • Bakewell 10 Mile – a 10 mile loop up to Chatsworth House out of basecamp
Getting there & Away

Transport Options

  • Pre-event transfers from the local train station
  • Post event transfers – to local train stations
  • Weekend parking at Bakewell 

 

Camping Options

  • Inclusive package, or pitch only /camper van
  • Friday night camping package options at Bakewell
  • Saturday night camping package options at Bakewell

 

These ‘Optional bookings’ – do once you’ve signed up to the Challenge.

Want more details?

The Ultra Challenge website has full details of the event (the ‘Factsheet’ gives a summary). 
Visit it, but return to this page to sign up.

 

How can you join

Click the SIGN UP HERE button below to register. Remember that Arqiva will cover the first £50 of your registration fee, and this is automatically deducted from your registration fee. 

After registering, you can return to this page to book any optional extras you need, such as transfers, parking or camping.