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Walk, Jog, or Run the best of Britain! With tough ‘continuous’ 100 km challenges, a 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option with camping at half way, testing 50 km Half & 25 km Quarter distance challenges, and a few 10K taster events – there’s an Ultra Challenge® for everyone to push themselves further! Scroll down to explore – they’re listed  in date order for 2023. We’ve frozen the prices for the 3rd year running – and also introduced a new Payment Plan option for ‘Multi Events’ to spread the cost & save ££’s!

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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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JAN 2023

28 & 29

London Winter Walk

A great way to walk off the festive celebrations and kick start a New Year fitness regime, or early training for an Ultra Challenge. Choose your distance – Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K, wrap up & walk on the Saturday or on Sunday. You’ll get a winter bobble hat & buff, a medal, hot food & drink – and an invigorating walk taking in some of the Capital’s highlights. It’s £10 OFF if you’re already signed up to a 2023 Ultra Challenge!

Start the year as you intend it to go on! Join 2,000 or so Challengers and take on a brisk wintery walk through the streets of London, taking in many of its famous sights on either the Saturday or Sunday – whichever suits you best – and whatever distance you’re up for!

– 26 mile / 42 km Marathon – figure of 8 route starting & finishing & half-way at the Oval Cricket Ground. Lunch at half way – hot finishers meal.

– 13 mile / 21 km Half Marathon – looped routes (East or West) starting & finishing at the Oval Cricket Ground. Hot finishers meal

– 10K – 10 km looped route staring & finishing at the Oval Cricket Ground. Hot finishers meal.

APRIL 2023

Sat 1st

Easter 50 Challenge

The first Ultra Challenge of the season – and a good one! From our Windsor Racecourse basecamp, you can Walk, Jog or Run looped routes through the Great Park with fantastic Castle views, along the Thames Path, and enjoy some wonderful surrounding countryside. You’ll get a few Easter surprises, a medal & neck buff, hot food & drink at the finish – and it’s a great event to kick off the season, to test those legs, and get in shape!

Join us the weekend before Easter, and energise yourself for the summer months ahead. Windsor is the historic back-drop, the surrounding countryside is superb, it’s easy to get to, there’s plenty of parking, and the racecourse is a perfect basecamp to start & finish your challenge.

– 25 km loop with a rest stop at historic Runnymede, and back to basecamp via the Castle’s Great Park.

– 50 km – as above with a picnic lunch after 25 km, then a 2nd 25 km loop taking in the Thames Path.

– Transport – pre & post challenge bus transfer options from Slough Station (good links to London) & parking available at the basecamp to make it easy to join!

APRIL 2023

29-30

Isle of Wight Challenge

The Island’s coastal path is the setting for an unforgettable challenge, with the iconic Needles, spectacular cliffs, stunning views, and sandy beaches. From our Chale basecamp in the south, it’s clockwise to Cowes, with the historic resorts of Ventnor, Shanklin, & Sandown then en route for the full 106 km ‘full Island’ challenge. With half & quarter island options also, plus camping packages – there’s a fantastic active bank holiday weekend challenge for all!

The Island is easier to get to than you might think with good ferry links, shuttle transfers, and a Chale basecamp + optional camping packages. The coastal path is one of the best – with amazing views, ups & downs, cliffs & beaches,  Needles, and historic resort towns. It will be an unforgettable May bank holiday weekend!

– Full Island – 106 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge ’round the island’ from the Chale base camp.

– Full Island ‘Daylight’ – 106 km over 2 days with a Cowes half way + overnight  camping option or local B&B.

– 1st Half – 52 km, Chale to Cowes, taking in the Needles & the spectacular southern cliffs.

– 2nd Half – 54 km, Cowes to Chale. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – 1st (Sat) or 4th (Sun) if ~25 km is your thing – both options have great highlights!

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the main Chale start basecamp (for Friday evening) and at the Cowes 53 km half way stop (for 2 day daylight ‘Full Challenge’ or a ‘Half Challenge’) 

MAY 2023

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Jurassic Coast Challenge

Spectacular World Heritage coastline, and an amazing challenge with distance options for all! From the Corfe Castle start, the route heads down to Swanage, and along through Lulworth Cove, past Durdle Door, with ups & downs to Weymouth at half way. For 100 km challengers, it’s past Portland Bill, Chesil Beach, and on to West Bay’s famous sandstone cliffs (of TV’s Broadchurch) – before a welcome finish line celebration in the vibrant Dorset town of Bridport.

One of Britain’s stunning coastlines, and a fantastic setting for a tough challenge. Amazing views, a few steep hills,  Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and distance choices to suit everyone – including a NEW Double Marathon option – and a fantastic 10K at Bridport! With camping options  available at the Corfe Castle start venue & in  Weymouth (half way at 58 km) – it will be an unforgettable Dorset Coast weekend.

– 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.

– 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 (New revised route) – and with Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door – so much better than pounding those pavements!

NEW Double Marathon – Take on the ‘Jurassic Marathon’ from Corfe Castle to Weymouth – then the 2nd Half Challenge to Bridport which is also a 42km marathon distance – so now it’s a double!

– 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 & Durdle Door.

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

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfer & parking options to make it easy for you to join and leave the event.

Camping –  packages available at the main Corfe Castle start (for Friday evening) and at the Weymouth 58 km half way stop (for 2 day ‘Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ or Double Marathon etc) 

MAY 2023

27-28

London 2 Brighton Challenge

The original Ultra Challenge® in its 10th year, with a varied 60% off-road route. A Richmond start by the Thames, then towards the North Downs and on through some  wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside. The Full 100 km challenge heads up & over the South Downs before the welcome sight of the Brighton coastline and an unforgettable racecourse finish line. A classic challenge – and one for your list!

A favourite route for vintage cars & bikes, but our ‘off road / on foot’ version is much more rewarding! A Richmond start by the Thames – with varied scenery, trails, the North & South Downs, wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside, and a memorable Brighton Racecourse finish line.

– 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.

– 1st Half – 56 km to Turners Hill, taking in the North Downs and some wonderful countryside.

– 2nd Half – 44 km from Turners Hill. 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 that finishes in Oaks Park near Sutton.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the Turners Hill 56 km half way stop (for 2 day ‘Daylight’ Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ start / finish) 

JUNE 2023

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Lake District Challenge

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. A huge welcome awaits back at basecamp after a momentous challenge!

A World Heritage site, world famous scenery, with fells, lakes, and forests – and 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.

– 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.

– Quarters – if 28 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!

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping / Hostel –  packages available at the Kendal start basecamp (Friday evening) and hostel accommodation at the Lakeside 50 km half way stop (for 2 day daylight ‘Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ start / finish) 

JUNE 2023

24-25

Cotswold Way Challenge

A spectacular 100 km looped route from our new basecamp in Cirencester – the ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. It not only has fabulous 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 – so it’s better than ever! A testing challenge, with a few tough climbs, stunning views right across to Wales, and rewards with a real sense of achievement.

A looped route from our Cirencester basecamp with a half-way at Wotton – and some tough hills and fabulous views. A great way to experience the Cotswolds – + with optional University hall accommodation at the basecamp makes it better than ever!

– 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.

– 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.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping / Hostel – university rooms are available at the  Cirencester start basecamp and camping at the Wotton 53 km half way stop (for 2 day daylight  ‘Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ start / finish) 

JULY 2023

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Peak District Challenge

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! 

The figure of 8 route out from our Bakewell basecamp enables a fantastic & varied experience. Choose a distance that suits – and with camping options – or nearby B&B’s – it makes for a great Peaks weekend away!

– 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.

– 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

– Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages are available at the Bakewell main  start / half way / finish  basecamp.

JULY 2023

Sat 22

North Downs 50 Challenge

We are excited to bring back the popular ‘North Downs 50’ for 2023 – with a new start & finish basecamp venue in Guildford. The updated looped route takes in some of the North Downs Way, The Surrey Hills, and the magnificent views over countryside to the south. Join us for this fantastic summer challenge – with easy access from London and the surrounding area.

A new challenge for 2023  taking in the some of the best of the Surrey hills and the surrounding countryside – with panoramic views. Our start / finish venue  in Guilford is challenge basecamp’ – with a range of hospitality & accommodation options available. All very accessible from London and the South East!

– 50 km Loop Challenge – from Guilford basecamp at Surrey Sports Park 

– 25 km Loop Challenge – from Guilford basecamp at Surrey Sports Park 

AUG 2023

Sat 5

South West Coast 50 Challenge

From basecamp in the shadow of the imposing Dunster Castle, the route takes in the 1st section of the 630 mile SW Coastal Path – from its official Minehead start to Porlock, with fantastic views out towards S.Wales. Then it’s up & over Exmoor via Dunkery Beacon as we head back around to basecamp after an unforgettable 50 km and 1600 metres of climb. With camping options, BBQ, bar, entertainment & beaches nearby, it’s a summer festival not to miss!

A new challenge in the South West taking in the start of the magnificent South West Coastal Path, and the unique countryside of Exmoor – including Dunkery Beacon (Exmoor’s high point) – with panoramic views. Our start / finish venue beneath Dunster Castle is ‘challenge basecamp’ – with a full range of hospitality & camping options across the weekend.

– 50 km Loop Challenge – from Dunster Castle base-camp near Minehead – with the coastal path, Exmoor, and Dunkery Beacon.

– 25 km Loop Challenge – from Dunster Castle basecamp – with the coastal path & Exmoor.

– Dunster Castle 10K – a fantastic looped route from our Basecamp area below the majestic Castle – up into the surrounding woodland & hills on the estate trails – with fantastic views. 

– Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the fantastic Dunster Castle start / finish  basecamp for Friday and / Saturday evening.

SEP 2023

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South Coast Challenge

Take on some of England’s finest scenery with an Eastbourne start, up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the famous South Downs Way, with stunning sea views to Brighton at half way. For the full 100 km challenge option, it’s Devil’s Dyke and a few more ups & downs which lie ahead before Arundel’s historic castle & cathedral come into view after an amazing journey – with a big welcome awaiting at the finish line!

A magnificent challenge backdrop with includes Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, Brighton sea-front, Devil’s Dyke, and a fantastic 100 km finish in historic Arundel. Whether it’s a full, half, or quarter challenge – it will be unforgettable – and a real highlight of the year!

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge – Eastbourne to Arundel.

– Full ‘Daylight’ – 100 km over 2 days – overnight camping option at the West Hove half way (or hotel / B&B)

– 1st Half – 57 km to West Hove, taking in the Seven Sisters Park and Brighton.

– 2nd Half – 43 km – West Hove to Arundel. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a Full Challenge friend.

– Quarters – 1st 25 km option includes Seven Sisters Park – Alfriston finish.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the Eastbourne main start (Friday evening) and at the Brighton 57 km half way stop (for 2 day Daylight ‘Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ start / finish) 

SEP 2023

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Thames Path Challenge

Take on England’s greatest river with a 100 km route heading out from Putney Bridge, past Hampton Court to Runnymede, of Magna Carta fame, at the 50 km half way. For the full challenge – it’s on to Windsor and then past wonderful historic scenery & countryside to Henley. With half & quarter distance options also, the Bridges Trek, and the Henley 10K – there’s a Thames Path Challenge for everyone – and the most popular event of the season!

The Thames is steeped in history, and the route heads upstream to Henley taking in Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, Windsor, Eton, and some wonderful countryside along the way.

– Full Challenge – 100 km as a full-on ‘continuous’ challenge, Putney Bridge to Henley.

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

– 1st Half – 50 km from Putney to Runnymede, taking in Richmond and Hampton Court.

– 2nd Half – 50 km – Runnymede to Henley. Also Ideal if you want to join up with a ‘Full Challenger’ friend.

– Quarters – if ~25 km is more your thing – ALL 4 quarters are available options – and all are great!

– Henley 10 K – a loop from our main riverside finish venue on Sunday morning.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfer & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the 50 km Runnemede half way stop (for 2 day Daylight ‘Full Challenge’ or ‘Half Challenge’ start / finish) 

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25 km Thames Bridges Trek – & – ‘Thames Moonlight 10 Walk’ 

SEP 2023

Sat 9

Thames Bridges Trek

Venture across the Capital with unrivalled views of the skyline. Setting out from Putney Bridge – it’s East towards the City, zig-zagging over 16 of London’s historic bridges – each with its own fascinating story, and with a mid-point refreshment stop at The Oval for some snacks & drinks. 25km later it’s a finish line celebration & some food in Southwark Park, beyond the majestic Tower Bridge, where a big cheers, some fizz, a medal, food, & a celebration await!

The Bridges Trek is a great way to see the best of London with cityscape views & unfolding history. Over 2,000 will take it on, and there’s a party style atmosphere at the finish – and plenty of time to celebrate afterwards!

NEW – ‘Thames Moonlight 10 Walk‘ on the Friday out of The Oval Cricket Ground. A fitness & fun London evening!

25 km – as a walk / trek (no running of jogging allowed). Putney Bridge start – half way stop The Oval Cricket Ground – finish at Southwark Park.

NEW – Friday 9th evening- Thames Moonlight 10 Walk. Take on 10 km or 10 miles from The Oval. Hot food afterwards + bar. Perfect for some exercise & fun – ideal for groups & teams. 

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SEP 2023

Fri 8

Thames Moonlight Walk

Kicks off the Thames Path Challenge festival of events on Friday evening. Take on a spirited 10km or an energetic 10 mile looped route through the heart of London as darkness falls, passing famous landmarks – including St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and more. A lively finish awaits – with some fizz, a ‘Moon medal’, some welcome hot food & drink! Perfect to join with friends after work for an active evening on the town!

The ‘Moonlight 10 Walk‘ is on Friday evening setting out from The Oval Cricket Ground. It will be a fun London evening along the Thames – and if you have the legs the local bar will be open afterwards.

Take on an evening 10km or 10 miles on a looped walking route – starting at The Oval. Hot food afterwards + bar. Perfect for some exercise + some fun – ideal for groups & teams. 

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SEP 2023

Sun 10

The Henley 10K

It’s a fabulous 10 km loop from the riverside finish venue of the main Thames Path Challenge near Henley Bridge. A great ‘mini’ challenge, and lively atmosphere, to take it on at your pace on Sunday morning, and get your family & friends involved. There’s a neck buff, finishers medal, glass of fizz, and an optional BBQ + a ‘Kids’ 2 K walk (with goodie bag) for the young challengers!

An action packed 10 km and a lively atmosphere with a start / finish by the river at the finish venue of the main Thames Path Challenge.

It’s 10 km – as a walk, jog, or run – as an individual or as a team. For the active  young ones – there’s a ‘Kids 2K Walk’ 

SEP 2023

Sat 23

Chiltern 50 Challenge

Our end of season challenge takes in some of the best of the Chilterns countryside, with historic trails, nature reserves, forests, and a few hills with fantastic views. Starting & finishing at our basecamp near Henley, there’s a Saturday night celebration BBQ, bar & entertainment, with extensive on-site camping & parking options. 

A great way to end the season, with extra hospitality to turn it into a celebration. The route will surprise some as it’s rural, scenic, and varied – and all quite close to London & accessible. Why not join us? 

– 50 km – to Henley and on to Lewknor at half way. Nature reserves, Chiltern Hills, great views, and back to the Henley basecamp.

– 25 km – There’s a loop via The Thames & Henley, with a rest stop, and back to basecamp for a BBQ. Note – Ist & 2nd Half of full 50 km route are also available options.

– Chiltern 10K – a fantastic looped route from our Basecamp area up into the surrounding woodland & hills on the estate trails – with fantastic views.

Virtual Challenge – perfect for friends & family to get involved – or anyone who’s up for a challenge!

– Transport – we have a range of pre & post challenge bus transfers & parking options to make it easy for you to join!

Camping –  packages available at the Henley Showground start / finish basecamp.

OCT 2023

Sat 28

Halloween Walk

A hair-raising hike around some of the City’s scary streets and historic haunts! Gather your bravest guys & ghouls to make up a team – or go it alone if you dare and meet other chilling challengers. Dress to distress, and our creepy dungeon keepers at The Oval Cricket Ground basecamp start & finish will meet, greet & shock! Once you escape there’s ghostly looped routes, with zombie rest stops, and if you manage to get back in one piece there’s a macabre medal, a glass of the Devil’s fizz, some horrific hot food & drink.

SAHARAN CHALLENGE

The ultimate Moroccan adventure! A special end of season Ultra Challenge® with 2 marathon distances over 2 days heading down the spectacular Draa Valley to a finish line amongst the sand dunes on the edge of the Sahara. A fantastic basecamp with Bedouin style camping, autumn sunshine, full support, a hotel in magical Marrakech – optional extension packages – and an unforgettable experience!

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