S.W Coast 50 CHALLENGE

5 August 2023

A new ‘South West’ challenge for 2023 – taking in the first Minehead section of the stunning & famous 630 mile Coastal Path, and with an extensive ‘basecamp’ in the shadows of the impressive Dunster Castle. Then the 50 km loop heads over Exmoor with ups & downs and some magnificent views with over 1600 metres of climb. You’ll get full support all the way to the finish, and with three 25 km options also, plus a family friendly 10K event  – along with camping options & festival style hospitality at basecamp across the weekend – there’s a South West Coast Challenge for everyone!

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages. 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. New for 2022 – 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
  • Main meals / hot 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 BBQ 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.

50 km loop, at your pace, through the day & into the night if you’re walking.

Dunster > Dunster

  • Saturday 5 August 2023
  • Start – Dunster / Minehead
  • 50 km & 1670m climb
  • Finish – Dunster / Minehead
  • Camping options available

25 KM loop ay your pace

  • Saturday 5 August 2023
  • Start – Minehead / Dunster
  • ~25 km & ~570m climb 
  • Finish – Dunster / Minehead

10 km Dunster Loop

  • Saturday 5 August 2023
  • Start – Dunster (basecamp)
  • ~10 km 
  • Finish line – Dunster (basecamp)

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Whether you’re a walker and new to challenge events, an experienced trekker, a marathon enthusiast upping the distance, or a seasoned ultra runner after UTMB points – there’s an Ultra Challenge for you! Walk, Jog, or Run – as an Individual or a Team, for a charity of your choice or just for you. The South West Coast 50 is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in fantastic scenery. With camping options with views of Dunster Castle – and Minehead close by – it will be a fantastic active summer weekend away!

WINTER DEAL!

10% OFF Self Fund

Use code: WINTER10%  at checkout

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

Valid until 25 Dec’22

How to Join

Self Funding
for You

Pay for your event place in full, with no fundraising required. (This is only option for Dunster Castle 10K)

Sponsorship for Charity

Pay a small registration fee & fundraise for a charity of your choice.

Mixed Funding for Charity

Pay half your place, & fundraise a smaller target for your chosen charity.

Best Value 'MULTI DEALS' for 2 events or more. Save up to 30%!

Our Charity Partners

We’re proud to work with a wide range of fantastic charities, which benefit from the Ultra Challenge £7+ million fundraising each year. Our main ‘Series Partners’ are some of the UK’s major national charities, and there are regional & local charities also as official ‘Challenge Partners’ for each event – with an additional 40 or so ‘Associate Partners’ actively involved. Sign up and choose to fundraise for one of our ‘partner charities’ – and it’s up to 50% OFF registration fees! There’re also another 300+ charities you can choose to support – and if yours is not on the list, you can invite them to get involved.

OFFICIAL PARTNERS
50% ofF charity sponsorship REG FEE

SERIES PARTNERS

CHALLENGE PARTNERS

OTHER PARTNERS
25% ofF charity sponsorship REG FEE

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

OTHER CHALLENGE PARTNERS

or fundraise for over 300+ others

Check out the Challenge Options

DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET

All you need to know about the Challenge - a detailed overview of the options & how you can take it on. Print it off or send it to your friends!

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. 

Map

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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