Thames Path
Ultra Challenge®

14/15 September 2024

Join your colleagues in the Mountford Pigott Team on England’s greatest river! – Follow the famous Towpath, and fundraise for SpecialEffect, as you make memories and share an unforgettable experience in this years Thames Path Ultra Challenge! Your second quarter route begins in Hampton where your start line is in Hurst Park. Follow the meandering path along the river to a welcome rest stop by Thamesmead School.  Then down beyond Shepperton, Chertsey and Laleham park before coming to your finish line in Runnymede where a big celebration and picnic await at Runnymede Pleasure Ground. You’ll get full support & hospitality along the way, as well as the offer of other optional extras to make your experience one you won’t forget!

See below for more details – and please sign up to the event via the links on this page.

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.

Hurst Park > Runnymede

  • Saturday 14 Sept 2024
  • Startline – Fulham
  • 22 km & 20 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Runnymede

 

Rest Stops every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • 10 km – snacks & drinks
  • 22 km – hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

Your teams start time will  12:00 (Midday) on Saturday 14th September at Hurst park.

You will need to be there approx. 1 hour before the official start to register – then have a pre challenge cup of tea / coffee and soak up the atmosphere!

There’s a full range of optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

  • Parking: There is local Pay & Display and free parking along the route at Hurst Park (28km) 
  • Post Challenge Bus Transfer: From your finish line in Runnymede, to the local train station (Staines).

 

See OPTONAL EXTRAS further down the page – these need booking in advance

BAGGAGE SERVICE  Transfer of a bag from start to finish is available and payable on the day

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Join us – as whether you’re an occasional walker, an experienced trekker, a weekend jogger, or a budding marathon enthusiast – there’s challenge here for you! Walk, Jog, or Run at your pace as part of your Team, as you fundraise for SpecialEffect. The Thames Path Ultra Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support along the way, enabling you to push yourself further in famous and historic scenery along the tow path – it’s certainly an event not to be missed!

Check out your route options on the interactive map below!

How to Join

You’ll need to fill in the online form – there is nothing for you to pay, Mountford Pigott will be covering your registration fees!

You can book optional extras using the link below – there is nothing to pay, the price will adjust AT CHECKOUT.

Ready For a Challenge?

STEP 1 - Registration

Find the online form in the link below on this page to register. Once registered, you will receive a Confirmation Email – this will give details of how to access the Event App (with lots of info & updates)

STEP 2 - OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Book an optional post challenge bus transfer here. This will run from your finish line in Runnymede to Staines Station. There is nothing to pay and this will be reflected AT CHECKOUT

STEP 3 - FUNDRAISING

As part of your challenge you are supporting SpecialEffect – click the link below to create your Just Giving page!

EVENT WEBSITE

Visit the ULTRA CHALLENGE website. YOU MUST return to this page to sign up.

EVENT FACTSHEET

All you need to know about the Thames Path Ultra Challenge.

PARTICIPANT AREA

Information & advice for ALL participants taking on the Challenge

16 Amazing Challenges

Over 200,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, and the 17 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs – which have also raised £55+ million for charities. 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! Whoever you are – If you’re up for a challenge, it has to be an Ultra Challenge!

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Lake District Ultra Challenge

7-8 June 2025

100 km loop + Half  + Marathon + Quarter Challenge options & Ambleside 10K

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Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge

3-4 May 2025

106 km ‘Full Island’ Loop + Half & Quarter Island options AND  ‘Cross Island’ & Medina 10 Mile challenges.

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London 2 Brighton Ultra Challenge

24-25 May 2025

100 km + Half, Marathon & Quarter Challenge distance options

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South Coast Ultra Challenge

7-8 Sept 2024

6-7 Sept 2025

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options

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Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

17-18 May 2025

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options AND Marathon + Double Marathon & Bridport 10K

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Thames Path Ultra Challenge

14-15 Sept 2024

13-14 Sept 2025

100 km + 3/4 + Half & Quarter Challenge options

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek (Sat – Central London)

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk (Central London)

+ The Henley 10K (Sunday)

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South West Coast 50 Ultra Challenge

3 August 2024

2 August 2025

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10 km Challenge options

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Gower Peninsula Ultra Challenge

NEW FOR 2025

19-20 July 2025

100 km (fig. of 8) 50 km Loops (West & East) + Marathon + 25 km & 10 km Challenge options

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Peak District Ultra Challenge

28-29 June 2025

100 km Loop + ~50 km Half &  25km Quarter Challenge options & The Bakewell 10 Mile. 

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Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge

21 – 22 June 2025

100 km + 3/4 + Half & Quarter Challenge options. + Cirencester 10K

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Chiltern 50 Ultra Challenge

28 Sept 2024

27 Sept 2025

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10K Challenge options

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North Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

27 July 2024

26 July 2025

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10km Challenge options.

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Easter 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 April 2025

Windsor

50 km, 25 km, 0r 10 km Loops from racecourse basecamp.

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London Summer Walk

Sat 24 August 2024

Sat 23 August 2025

25 KM or 10 KM looped route – Woolwich Start / Finish

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London Halloween Walk

Sat 26 October 2024

25 KM or 10 KM spooky looped route options. Start / finish – The Oval Cricket Ground ‘dungeon’,

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NEW – Kent Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 October 2024

Sat 11 October 2025

50 KM, 25 KM or 10 KM looped routes options. Start / finish – The Kent Showground nr. Maidstone.

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