virtual challenges


Our 'Virtual Challenges' enabled thousand of the Ultra community to keep active and connected during a difficult period, and have delivered much needed fundraising for our Charity Partners. They're here to stay - and check out our 'Virtuals' below, and you're welcome to sign up to the latest challenge - with a new one being released regularly - and parallel 'virtual' versions of each 'real' Ultra Challenge in 2022.

MARCH 2022

1 - 30 March

Thames Path - Source to Sea

Our latest Virtual Challenge celebrates the official extension of the ‘Thames Path’ to Woolwich (where our offices are based) and its linking up to a new section of ‘The England Coastal Path’ which heads all the way out to the coast on the Isle of Grain at the entrance to the Thames estuary. The Thames Pathway now stretches for 373 km from the river’s official source which lies in a remote Gloucestershire meadow on the edge of the small village of Kemble on the edge of the Cotswolds, all the way down to the sea in north Kent!

The ‘Source to Sea’ Virtual Challenge has 4 distance options along the Thames Path route – from the succinct 85 km double marathon to Oxford, 200 km to see the Royals and our Easter 50 Challenge start line at Windsor, to the taxing 275 km to get as far as Westminster, or the full 373 km all the way to the sea on the Isle of Grain coast!  A great way to get active this spring and some training in if you’re on an Ultra Challenge later in the year – or to get in shape for the summer months ahead! Choose your challenge – take it on anywhere in March – log your progress manually or automatically – and move across our Virtual Map of The Thames Path, whilst sharing your stories online as you head downstream!

– 85km – Thames source to Oxford

– 200 km – Thames source to Windsor

– 275 km – Thames source to Windsor

– 373 km – Thames source to Isle of Grain

JAN & FEB 2022

1 Jan - 28 Feb

Across Britain Virtual Challenge

Sign up now to launch your 2022 fitness regime, burn off a few of those excess Christmas pounds, and to get in shape for what could be an active year ahead! The Across Britain Virtual Challenge is about crossing the nation on foot, or on your bike – South to North or West to East, and always Coast 2 Coast!

There are 5 route options – from the succinct 125 km ‘England Coast 2 Coast’ which is ideal for the occasional walker to get back into their stride, the 500 km ‘Scotland Coast 2 Coast’ – a real challenge for seasoned trekkers & runners braving the cold, right up to the full 1400 km ‘Great Britain Coast 2 Coast’ which might suit many on 2 wheels and perhaps just a few hardened types on 2 feet with plenty of free time over the next 2 months! Choose your challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime from New Year’s Day onwards throughout Jan & Feb – log your progress manually or automatically – and move across our Virtual Map of Great Britain, whilst sharing your stories online as you head towards the coast.

There are ‘Prize Draws’ for reaching your halfway point by the end of January – and also for all who have crossed their coastal finish line by 28th February. Fundraise for a charity if you wish to (optional) – and there’s a fantastic Across Britain Challenge medal & neck buff.

– 125 km – England Coast 2 Coast

– 275 km – Wales Coast 2 Coast

– 500 km – Scotland Coast 2 Coast

– 825 km – West to East Coast 2 Coast

1400 km – Great Britain Coast 2 Coast

NOV & DEC 2021

13 NOV - 25 DEC

Christmas Virtual Challenge

Your end of 2021 challenge is to get to the North Pole by Christmas Day. There are 4 route options – from the direct 100 km ‘Norway Route’, to the epic 600 km ‘Greenland Route’. Choose your challenge – take it on anywhere, anytime – log your progress and move along our on our Virtual Map of the Arctic ice – and share your stories online as you head up to the Grotto at 90 degrees North!

A great way to stay active during the winter months, and stayed motivated to keep up your walking & running efforts – you will get a medal & neck buff once you’ve completed your challenge. With the option to purchase for your four legged companion a ‘doggy bandana’ too!

– 100 km – The Norway Route

– 250 km – The Canada Route

– 400 km – The Russia Route

– 600 km – The Greenland Route

ULTRA CHALLENGE Virtual Versions


Event Weekend & 2 Week Window

Take on the Virtual Version if you want to join the Challenge in spirit – perhaps to help a friend or family member taking on the real thing with some moral support or maybe extra fundraising – or just join & test yourself closer closer to home! Track your progress on the ‘Virtual Map’, share your journey online with other challengers, and there’s a medal & souvenir neck buff.

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