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Registration

How much does it cost?
     - & the different joining options

When you sign up to an Ultra Challenge you will pay an upfront REGISTRATION FEE. There is a 'full event cost' that needs to be covered, so the amount you pay for your registration fee depends on the funding option you select (i.e. how YOU and the CHARITY split the event cost between yourselves - if applicable). The options are:

 

1) SELF FUNDING

You pay the FULL EVENT COST yourself so you are not tied into any charity fundraising commitments at all - and you are doing it for yiureslf! If you choose to - you can fundraise as much or as little as you want to for any charity - with no deadlines or cost to that charity. 

  • Full Challenge - £198
  • Half Challenge - £129
  • Quarter Challenge - £79

 

CHARITY FUNDRAISING

With following options, you select a Charity on your registration form. You pay a portion of your event cost (your registration fee) and your chosen charity will cover the reaminder of your event cost, in return for your fundraising commitment you make. Your place is dependent upon you reaching 50% of your minimum fundraising 6 weeks before your event.  

 

2) CHARITY SPONSORSHIP

You pay a low registration fee - and your charity covers most of your event cost - and there's a higher minimum fundraising target. 

  • Full Challenge - You pay £15 - Fundraising Minimum: £595
  • Half Challenge - You pay £10 - Fundraising Minimum: £395
  • Quarter Challenge - You pay £5 - Fundraising Minimum: £245

 

3) CHARITY MIXED FUNDING

You pay more for your registration fee - so you and the charity split the full event cost 50:50. You therefore have a lower fundraising target. 

  • Full Challenge - You pay £99 - Fundraising Minimum: £299
  • Half Challenge - You pay £64.50 - Fundraising Minimum: £199
  • Quarter Challenge - You pay £39.50 - Fundraising Minimum: £119

 

For either of the 2 above fundraising options, if you select one of our Partner Charities, you will receive up to 25% OFF your registration fee. 

Will I be mailed a pack?

No - all correspondence from Action Challenge is via email. You will only receive any purchased merchandise in the post from us.

 

You may, however, receive a fundraising pack and/or t-shirt directly from your charit if you have agreed to support them. If you are waiting for a pack from them and have not received one yet, please contact them directly. 

How old do I need to be?

On the date of the event you must be:

  • Full & Half Challenges – 18 years old 
  • Quarter Challenge – 14-17 years old (with an adult)

Please note: Under 18s cannot complete their own registration and so must be registered by their accompanying adult. Exceptions may be made in some circumstances - with written permission from the Organiser.

Can I cancel/defer my place?

If you are on an event affected by the current Covid-19 control measures (Easter 50 Challenge, Isle of Wight Challenge, or Jurassic Coact Challenge) then you MUST use our dedicated trasnfer pages for these events. 

You can find the page here: https://www.ultrachallenge.com/transfers

 

For any other event, not affected by Covid-19 control measures, please use our standard deferral & cancellation form. Please note that all deferral or cancellation requests for events not affected by the Covid-19 control measures, we have waived the deferral fee for anyone who would like to change to a later event in 2020 or 2021, however our standard cancellation terms will apply. 

When do they start?

This depends on what Challenge you are doing! Head over the THE CHALLENGE OPTIONS  page on your selected Challenge's website and open up the specific challenge information sections to find out more.

What's included?

  • Food/drink, main meals at 25km, 50km, 75km & 100km -
  • & snacks / drinks at all all rest stops en route
  • Event pack - timing chip, route cardm event pass, lanyard
  • Full event support - marshals, support walkers
  • Fully signed route, route map
  • Aerobic warm up at the start
  • Manned Check points approx. every 10-15km
  • Snack / drink stops and hot meal rest stops
  • Doctors and event medics at rest stops
  • Grouped walkers & leaders for the night stages
  • Shuttle service for retirees at rest stops from 50km onwards
  • Massage facilities from 50km onwards
  • Runners - Extra supplies of energy bars and gels along route
  • Runners - FREE Baggage service at the 50km mid way point and onto finish, or from start to finish.
  • Finish line celebrations (fizz!) & meal
  • A finishers pack - with a 2019 Challenger medal and T-shirt
  • Welcomed in by your friends, family and supporters!
  • Shuttle buses from finish to nearest mainline station

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Fitness & Training

How tough is it? (walking)

There's no denying it - these 50km / 100km challenges are tough. It will be physically and emotionally demanding! You will have to combat fatigue and tiring limbs as you battle through the challenge!

 

You will need to prepare well - and should read the training advice. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods - the more comfortable you will be on the challenge itself.

 

You should also practice walking at night - at similar times to those projected on the schedule - to get your body used to the sensation of walking when it's normally sleeping and recovering!

 

A training plan is in the Participant's Area of the website - to assist in your preparation. We also organise regular training walks to get you fitness levels up, as well as to give you the experience which will really help you to complete the challenge!

Am I fit enough to Run/Jog?

To run 100km is more than a double marathon - and 50km is a 'marathon plus' distance - often across difficult and varied terrain. This is no road marathon - and the running category of the challenge is reserved for only those who are attempting the 100km challenge in under 16 hours - and the 50km in under 7 hours.

 

The full support we provide on our challenges for runners means that if you have previously run other marathons and now looking to step up your distance to something longer - this is the perfect event to support your challenge!

 

If however you would like to run and jog (and perhaps walk too!) some of the challenge then you enter into the challenge as a walker and attempt the challenge in that category.

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WIll I need to train?

Ultra Challenges are tough events and training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigors of the event.

 

It is very important for all competitors to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance and provide you with the ability to recover between stages during the challenge.

 

You will have access to an event specific training guide to aid with your training and preparation, it can be found in the Participant's Area.

 

If you're looking to run the the challenge, the following links could be valuable resources for your preparation:

 

Can I change my distance?

If you wish to increase your distance, you will need to send us an email (see Contact Us page) and pay the remaining registration fee.

 

If you are decreasing your distance, let us know by email (including WHICH part of the route form the available options you'd like - e.g. 1st Half) - however we cannot offer a refund on the difference. 

What about food?

Food and drink is fully included in your registration fee! Approximately every 12-13 km there are manned checkpoints and replenishment stops where water, energy drinks, teas, coffee, cake, crisps, and many more energy snacks are provided!

 

The first major rest-stop is a picnic lunch at ~25km then main hot meals are served by our specialist catering team at ~50km, ~75km, and a celebratory breakfast/lunch/brunch as you cross the finish line!

 

The event catering will be mixed, varied, delicious and plentiful, with calorific intake a priority.

 

At the finish there will be a celebratory hot brunch/lunch available to all participants (supporters are charged a nominal fee - bookable in advance).

 

For runners - there will be an extra supply of energy products available throughout the event.

 

Download a sample menu >>

Am I quick enough to run it?

We ask that you register as a runner if you think you will complete the course in 16 hours.

 

This is so we, the organisers, know how many runners are on an event so can arrange runner provisions and start times - you will not be stopped on the event if you go over this 16 hour mark.

Can I see past year's results?

Yes, if the event of your choice has run before - You can view results HERE >> https://livetrail.net/



Step 1: Click "Europe"

Step 2: You can find the event in the list with the years available under the title.

Step 3: Click the relevant year

How many UTMB points?

UTMB points are awarded for each race, assuming the full challenge is undertaken on a the continuous basis (not over 2 days).

 

  • Easter 50 Challenge - 2 points

 

  • Isle of Wight Challenge - 4 points

 

  • Jurassic Coast Challenge - 4 points

 

  • London 2 Brighton Challenge - 3 points

 

  • Lake District Challenge - 4 points 

 

  • Cotswold Way Challenge - 4 points

 

  • Peak District Challenge - 4 points

 

  • South West Coast 2 Coast - 4 points 

 

  • South Coast Challenge - 4 points

 

  • Thames Path Challenge - 4 points

 

  • Chiltern 50 Challenge - 2 points

Training Prep

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On-Event & Support

What do I carry?

You're responsible for your personal items on the event. A kit list will be available to download from the Participant's Area. Some items are essential/compulsory - others recommended.

 

Walkers (and joggers) will need a daypack (~ 25-30L) to carry personal items throughout the event - including wet weather gear, extra layers, water, snacks, sun cream, small first aid kit, and general personal items.

 

At registration you'll get event bib (to be worn on your back/backpack during the challenge), an event pass & lanyard to be worn / carried with you as it has your timing chip on it.

 

There will be a baggage transfer service (at an extra charge) from the start to the finish line for a single piece of baggage not exceeding 75l/20kg - this is bookable on event day. Those taking on 100km can also get their baggage taken to halfway, use any items they need (eg a change of, or extra clothes) , and then onto the finish. Participants who retire from the challenge will be responsible for claiming their baggage at the finish line.

 

Registered Runners will have an extra baggage service - where you will be able to access your bags at the half-way mid point on the challenge should you not wish to run with your bags. Half & Quarter Challenge runners will also have a baggage service for free to take a small rucksack (no larger than a 30L backpack / 10KG absolute max) to their finish line.



We provide a lot of food  (meaks & snacks) - so there's no real need to bring too much with you - as it all adds to the weight of your bag ( so just a few favourite treats maybe). We cater for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free needs. You will be able to indicate any options you need within the registration form.

How do we navigate?

Route maps are available online before the event - marked with rest-stops, hazards & distances.

 

The route will also be clearly and fully signed with pink directional arrows and the night time stages will be supplemented with reflective tape and glow sticks - meaning you should never have to worry about finding your way and you can just concentrate on the Challenge!

What if I get lost at night?

The routes are fully signed - and during the night stages we use reflective tape and glow sticks so you will always be able to see the marked route. It is also compulsory that all challengers wear a head-torch during the night sections, and a reflective item to wear.

 

The night stages will also be heavily supported by our team of TREKMASTERS (experienced walkers) - so there's no need to be on the course by yourself - and we actively encourage groups to join and walk together during the night stages. We will also be tracking every walker at each check point with electronic tagging timing system.

 

It will be compulsory for you to carry a charged mobile phone and we will have an emergency contact number and contact procedure in the unlikely event you do get lost. Our control room will be on standby throughout the event to help anyone in need.

Where are the route maps?

You can find a provisional route map linked on 'The Challenge' page on the website. A  finalised route will be published closer to the Challenge - and is also available through the APP.

 

You will also receive a hard copy 'summary Route Card' on the day of your Challenge.

What if I need to retire?

If you unfortunately have to drop out of your challenge, you will need to do so at the nearest check-point if possible, where you will need to alert the event staff, who will 'log' you out of the event.

 

From the half way stage onward there will be support vehicles, and shuttle services to the nearest train stations for you to safely and easily return home.

Can I bring my dog with me?

NO - we do not allow dogs to take part in the challenge as we cannot cater for them along the route, and the rest stops arte busy.. We do however think dogs make for great training companions - and may well introduce a 'dog friendly'event soon.

How do I get to / from it?

The Participant's Area & APP are full information about transport arrangements & 'optional extra' services at the start and finish - including shuttle buses and coaches. Further details will be released as we draw nearer to your Challenge.

What shoes should I wear?

This very much depends on how you are taking on the challenge (walk / run) - what you are used to - and what the weather / ground conditions are like.  For runners - we simply recommend the shoes you usually train and run in.

 

Walkers - should wear the shoes or boots you have been training in - so your feet are as comfortable as possible. Some choose to wear sturdy trainers or trail shoes - whilst other opt for ankle height walking boots to give maximum support to ankles and feet. It is a personal preference - and we recommend that you experiment on training walks to ensure on the day - you'll be as comfortable as possible. Feet often tend to swell up a bit with endurance length distances - so bear that in mind - and if the ground is wet and muddy - so will your feet be unless your footware is waterproof!

 

Dry socks are critical to avoid blisters - so bring spare pairs - change often.

 

You can always have a second pair of shoes to change into (if taking on 100km) - by utilising the optional bagage transfer service - to the ~50km half way and then on to the 100km finish.

 

Light open  sandals / flip flops are a good idea for post challenge - to let your feet recover!

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How to Sign-up & Join

Charity Sponsorship >

Ideal option if you feel you can raise lots of money for your chosen charity - and there're 400+ to choose from, or you can nominate a new one by getting in touch.

 

FULL CHALLENGE (~100km):

£15 Reg Fee online

+ at least £595 Fundraising

 

HALF CHALLENGE (~50km):

£10 Reg Fee online

+ at least £395 Fundraising

 

QUARTER CHALLENGE (~25km):

£5 Reg Fee online

+ at least £245 Fundraising

 


25% OFF 2020 REG FEE IF FOR -

A CHARITY PARTNER BELOW:

 

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Gosh 99x99 Transparent Help For Heroes 99x99 Transparent Macmillan 99x99 Transparent Parkinsons 99x99 Transparent Prostate Cancer Uk 99x99 Transparent

 

NOTE: There are more Partner Charities on each Event - click through to a Challenge to see if your chosen charity is a Partner!


400+ 'other' charities to choose...

 

Note: All fundraising is sent directly to the Charity via a JustGiving page

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At least 50% of the Min Sponsorship target should be with your Charity 6 weeks prior to the Challenge. At this time your Charity will pay a Fee for your place to the Organiser (similar to the Self Funding cost). Failure to meet the 50% target may result in cancellation by your charity. The remaining 50% should be with your Charity 4 weeks after the Challenge.

 

See Cancellation Policy

- conditions apply

See all charities you can fundraise for >>

Mixed Funding >

Ideal - if you want to fundraisie a reasonable amount for chosen charity - and you pay half the event cost - and the charity pays the other half. You can always fundraise more - and there are 400+ charities to choose from.

 

FULL CHALLENGE (~100km):

£99 Reg Fee online

+ at least £299 Fundraising

 

HALF CHALLENGE (~50km):

£64.50 Reg Fee online

+ at least £199 Fundraising

 

QUARTER CHALLENGE (~25km):

£39.50 Reg Fee online

+ at least £119 Fundraising

 

10% OFF 2020 REG FEE IF FOR -

 

A CHARITY PARTNER BELOW:

 

Alz Soc Logo New 99x99 Transparent Bcn 99x99 Transparent British Heart Foundation 99x99 Transparent Cancer Research Uk 99x99 Transparent Clic 99x99 Transparent
Gosh 99x99 Transparent Help For Heroes 99x99 Transparent Macmillan 99x99 Transparent Parkinsons 99x99 Transparent Prostate Cancer Uk 99x99 Transparent

 

NOTE:  There are more Partner Charities on each event - click through to a Challenge to see if your chosen charity is a Partner! 

 

400+ 'other' charities to choose...

 

Note: All fundraising is sent directly to the Charity via a JustGiving page

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At least 50% of the Min Sponsorship target should be with your Charity 6 weeks prior to the Challenge. At this time your Charity will pay a Fee for your place to the Organiser (equates to half the 'Self Funding' cost). Failure to meet the 50% target may result in cancellation by your charity. The remaining 50% should be with your Charity 4 weeks after the Challenge.

 

See Cancellation Policy

- conditions apply

See all the charities you can fundraise for >>

Self Funding >

If you simply want to take on a Challenge for yourself - this is for you! Pay the full event cost when you sign-up. You can always do some charity fundraising on the side if you wish to - for any charity - with NO targets / deadlines / or cost to the charity or charities.

 

FULL CHALLENGE (~100km):

£198 - online payment

 

HALF CHALLENGE (~50km):

£120 - online payment

 

QUARTER CHALLENGE (~25km):

£70 - online payment

 

 See Cancellation Policy
- conditions apply

 

Teams - New & Joining >

CREATE A TEAM

  • 1st Person is Team Captain
  • You'll need a Team Name
  • Create a Password (optional)
  • You Register in full
  • Choose Team's Start Time 
  • Give Team Name etc to those joining
  • Joiners search for Team Name
  • Captain gets details of joiners

 

 JOIN A TEAM

  • 'Team Captain' gives you Team Name
  • Password also if is required
  • Search for the Team Name
  • Register in full yourself
  • Captain chose Team's Start Time
  • Captain is emailed your details

 

Note: If fundraising, the minimum target is per person - NOT per Team

 

Team Members can fundraise for the same, or different Charities, or Self Fund. Teams can be of any size

 

Team Members can take on the same distance or a MIX (eg some Full or Half, some running or walking etc)

Corporate Teams >

Looking for a great experience without the hassle of organising your own event or the risks with an unproven supplier? Look no further!

 

An Ultra Challenge gets your Team bonding on a fun, safe, high quality event - ideal for a range of athletic abilities, experience levels, and team goals.

 

There are charity fundraising options to align with CSR programmes, with online event registration and an APP for efficient communication to participants.

 

With our optional hospitality packages - including marquee space, gazebos, branding, camping, hotels, and support vehicles - you can turn an Ultra Challenge into your own very special event!

 

If you've a team of 6+ please email:

 

corporate@actionchallenge.com

 

With:

  • Which Challenge might suit
  • Approx size of your team
  • Likely distances (eg 50km)
  • Name of your Company 
  • Your chosen Charity (if any)
  • Any hospitality requirements
  • Any Questions that you have

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Joining as a Team

How can we join as a team?

All teams entering need to be set up by a 'Team Captain' - this is the first team member who signs up to the Challenge and creates the Team and gives the team a name and a password and selets a start time for the Team.

 

Then the additional team members can sign up via the website by selecting the "join an Existing Team" option on the registration form. They will then be able to select the Team by searching for it. The form will ask them for the team password (which they should have been given by the Team Captain).

 

There is no limit to the number of participants you can have in a team - however we recommend that everyone is of similar fitness levesl and pace.



Being in a team will guaratee that you all get the same start time.

Can we pool our fundraising?

YES - if you are all fundraisng for the same charity -  but the fundraising targets are per person, not per team.

 

If fundraisisng for the same charity, you can all fundraise together on one JustGiving team page and collectively you must reach the SUM of everyone's individual fundraising targets - and the charity must know the names of everyone the page is attributed to.

Can I meet other walkers?

Once you have signed up to your challenge you'll be invited to join our Facebook page - where you can find your event's page - and we encourage individuals and teams to mee up, converse, and organise training walks. It is a great way to connect with other individuals on the challenge. If you then want to - you can arrange to start your challenge with the people you have met prior.

 

Our orgaised training walks (see website / Participant Area - or the APP) are also a great way of meeting fellow Ultra Challengers.

 

On the event itself - we have 'meet-up points' - where individuals can join up with others to take on the next stage together.

Different charities in a team?

YES - that is fine. However, you will need separate Just Giving pages - and each will need to reach the appropriate fundraising minimum target.

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Charity & Fundraising

How do I start fundraising?

Once you've signed up to your Challenge and received contact from your chosen charity, you can set up your online fundraising page by logging on to Just Giving www.justgiving.com, and then you can start sending out the online link to all your friends and family to start collecting donations and sponsorship!

 

Your charity will send you a welcome pack which will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans - and ideas to make it successful.

What if I miss the target?

if you choose one of the 'charity' joining options - you are committing to fundraise at least the 'minimum sponsorship' figure for your chosen charity - with 50% of that target due to charity 6 weeks prior to the Challenge. 

 

Failure to meet this initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the Challenge. However this is down to the discretion of the charity (not the Organiser) - and will be decided on a case by case basis. If you are cancelled from the Challenge, you will be given the opportunity to pay your own costs for your place (become a self funder). 

 

These events are tough - and that will make it easier to find willing sponsors - as it is no ordinary charity challeng! In 2019 the average fundraising achieved by our challengers was over £900 - and often once you get the ball rolling you will see the collections and sponsorshiip rolling in!

I don't have a charity pack

Once you've signed up to your Challenge your chosen charity is likely to send you a fundraising pack. If you still haven't received this within 2 weeks - please contact your charity directly. Note - Action Challenge do not send anything out by post.

My charity is not on the list?

If you wish to fundraise for a charity not listed on the website , please EMAIL us - with a name and contact email address of someone you have spoken to at the charity. We will then get in touch to see if they are happy to accept you onto the challenge with a charity sponsored place.

 

PLEASE NOTE: On our charity sponsored places the charity covers a portion of your event cost in return for your fundraising commitment, therefore it is not a 'given' that all charities are able to facilitate charity sponsored places - so we advise that you don't begin fundraising until you've had confirmation from us or your chosen charity. 

 

If the charity accepts - they will then be added to the drop down list on the registration form to allow you to register. If they do not accept-  or if we do not hear back from them - you will need to either select another charity or take part in the challenge on a self funding basis (you can fundraise on the side for any charity of your choice as a self funder - see How to Join page for details). 

Can we pool fundraising?

YES - a team can - as long as you're all fundraising for the same charity - as you can create a team fundraising page on Just Giving - we also recommend that you let your charity know this is how you will be fundraising together.

 

 

You will still have to reach the combined total fundraising amount - as the target is per person, NOT per team.

Fundraise for 2 charities?

NO - you must only select one prime charity for your fundraising - this is because your charity will pay for a portion of your place on the event (out of the fundraising generated by you). If you wish to also fundraise for another charity, you can do so on your own terms as long as you reach the minimum target for the first/ prime charity.

 

 

Equally - if you join as a SELF FUNDER - you have complete flexibitiy on who you fundraise for - and with no targets / deadlines / or any cost to those charities.

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