Thames Path Challenge

10 - 11 Sept 2022

England’s greatest river provides a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable challenge. Over 3000 adventurers will join the Putney Bridge start, and the full 100 km route heads upstream all the way to Henley along the famous Thames Towpath. It’s through Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, and Windsor, with some wonderful historic scenery en-route to a riverside finish line. You’ll get full support & hospitality all the way – and with 50 km & 25 km distance options also available – plus the Thames Bridges Trek & Moonlight 10 through Central London – and the Sunday Henley 10K – there’s a Thames Path Challenge for everyone in 2022.

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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.

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’
  • BBQ 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.

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

 

Fulham > Henley-on-Thames

  • Saturday 10 Sept 2022
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 100 km & 350 m climb
  • Finish – Henley-on-Thames

100 km over 2 days, with optional camping packages at half way – or book a hotel / B&B – and rest!

 

Day 1 – Fulham > Runnymede 

  • Saturday 10 Sept 2022
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 50 km & 200 m climb 
  • Finish – Runnymede
  • Optional camping package
 

Day 2 – Runnymede > Henley-on-Thames

  • Sunday 11 Sept 2022
  • Start – Runnymede 
  • 50 km & 150 m climb 
  • Finish – Henley-on-Thames

A scenic & tough ‘half’ Challenge – the best of the Thames Path.

 

Fulham > Runnymede

  • Saturday 10 sept 2022
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 50 km & 200 m climb 
  • Finish – Runnymede

Runnymede > Henley-on-Thames

  • Sunday 11 Sept 2022
  • Start – Runnymede
  • 50 km & 150 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Henley-on-Thames

Fulham > Hurst Park

  • Saturday 10 sept 2022
  • Startline – Bishops Park, Fulham
  • 28 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Hurst Park

Hurst Park > Runnymede

  • Saturday 10 Sept 2022
  • Startline – Fulham
  • 22 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Runnymede

Runnymede > Cookham

  • Sunday 11 Sept 2022
  • Startline – Runnymede
  • 28 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Cookham

Cookham > Henley

  • Sunday 11 Sept 2022
  • Startline – Cookham
  • 22 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Henley-on-Thames

If you’re doing the real Challenge  – why not get family & friends involved in the NEW ‘Virtual Version’ to provide ‘moral’ support or to boost your charity fundraising. Or just do it – as it’s open to all – and there’s a Challenge medal & neck buff!

Details & registration coming soon 

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 Thames Path Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in wonderful historic scenery.

How to Join

Self Funding
for You

Pay for your event place in full, with no fundraising required.

Full Sponsorship for Charity

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

Mixed Funding for Charity

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

Also part of the Thames Path Festival

A weekend of riverside events…

Fri pm 9 Sept

The Thames Moonlight 10 Walk is a fun 10km or 10 mile looped route with a start at The Oval. There’s hot food & bar – ideal for groups & teams.

Sat 10 Sept

25 km & zig-zag over 16 historic bridges from Putney to Tower Bridge through Central London. Great views – perfect for teams of friends & corporate groups.

Sun 11 Sept

Take on the Henley 10K with a riverside start / finish. A beautiful route as a walk, jog or run at your pace. Families & teams are welcome + and there’s a BBQ option.

Our Charity Partners

Many choose to support a charity and make their Ultra Challenge® really count – the Series raises £7+ million / year for 500 charities. You can choose a cause that’s close to your heart, and after a difficult 18 months or so – they will welcome your fundraising more than ever. 

or fundraise for over 500+ 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

90,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge®, raising over £33 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 so you can set a new goal, enjoy the great British outdoors, and push yourself further on a high quality inspirational event. 

Map

Lake District Challenge

11-12 June 2022

1 of 12

Isle of Wight Challenge

30 April – 1 May 2022

2 of 12

London 2 Brighton Challenge

28-29 May 2022

3 of 12

South Coast Challenge

4 – 5 Sept 2022

4 of 12

Jurassic Coast Challenge

14-15 May 2022

5 of 12

Thames Path Challenge

10 – 11 Sept 2022

+ Thames Bridges Trek

+ Thames Moonlight 10 Walk

+ Henley 10K

6 of 12

South West Coast 50

6 August 2022

7 of 12

Peak District Challenge

9-10 July 2022

8 of 12

Cotswold Way Challenge

25 – 26 June 2022

9 of 12

Yorkshire Challenge

23-24 July 2022

10 of 12

Chiltern 50 Challenge

24 Sept 2022

11 of 12

London Winter Walk

28 & 29 Jan 2022

12 of 12

SELF FUNDING

Pay for your place, no fundraising target

Full Challenge

£198 fee paid online & no fundraising commitment.

Half Challenge

£129 fee paid online as & no fundraising commitment.

Quarter Challenge

£79 fee paid online & no fundraising commitment.

*10k Challenge

£25 Adult price
£12.50 Under 16s

*Only available on some Ultra events

Sponsorship for charity

Pay half of your place & fundraise a smaller target for charity

Full Challenge

£30 reg fee & at least
£595 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£20 reg fee & at least
£395 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£10 reg fee & at least
£250 charity sponsorship

MIXED FUNDING

Pay half of your place & fundraise a smaller target

Full Challenge

£110 reg fee & at least
£330 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£72.50 reg fee & at least
£218 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£45 reg fee & at least
£135 charity sponsorship

Our Charity Partners

Search from over 400 charities you can fundraise for