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Thames Trot 47 - The Return of the Boat Race Thames Trot 47 - The Return of the Boat Race

Thames Trot 47 - The Return of the Boat Race

Oxford, Oxfordshire

33 Church Way, Oxford OX4 4EB, UK

Sat 22nd October 2022

Starting at 08:30

1 race


Organiser's Description

The Thames Trot is a 47 mile point to point ultra marathon running from Iffley, Oxfordshire to Henley on Thames. A tough run along England’s largest river with ever changing scenery, beautiful houses and traditional rowing clubs.

This is a great event with everything from tarmac paths to muddy trails. We use the Thames Path and Ridgeway National Trails – don’t forget the words “National Trail” and not just read “Thames Path”!

This is an Ultra distance course that will always keep you interested and challenged. A great end the Ultra Running season.

The start is approximately 3 miles south of Oxford. From the Hotel there is a short run down to Iffley lock and after crossing the river the route takes the towpath through the picturesque towns and villages to Henley. The finish is next to the railway station which provides easy access to mainline services back to Oxford.

We are proud to be a qualifying race for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc with 3 Endurance points awarded by ITRA


  • Thames Trot 47 - the Return of the Boat Race




  • Thames Trot 47 - the Return of the Boat Race



What's Included

GPS Tracker, Medal and commemorative T shirt

How to Get There

For anyone wanting to stay overnight in Iffley either before or after the event there is Airbnb, the Hawkwell House Hotel or various other hotels close to the start.

Arrival by car – There is limited parking in Iffley, if you are driving to the start you will be directed to street parking areas in the vicinity. Please allow adequate time to park and register.

Travelling by train: For anyone travelling by train there is a courtesy shuttle bus from Oxford train station which is usually very popular, please let us know your rail travel arrangements to help us plan. Runners can park in the station car park provided they buy the return train ticket from the ticket office on the morning of the race.


No parking at the hotel, free parking in surrounding streets

Course Details

The route is a mix of country trails, riverside paths and roads predominately following the Thames Path and the Ridgeway National Trails

The route is 40.4 miles of cross country trails and riverside paths (86%) and 6.6 miles of roads (14%).

Elevation is +947 ft (+289m) and -1053 ft (-321m)

The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation. We provide a map book and various resources to keep you on track. The course is covered by OS Maps 180, 170 and 171

There are 5 check points, each will have water, and a selection of supplementary energy gels, and snacks, . A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish


Registration is open from 7am where you will collect your race number and map book. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks. The race starts at 8.30am


We will transfer a single competitor bag to the finish, so you have warm, dry clothes waiting for you . Your bag should be no larger than a UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).


Trail shoes are advised, if you have support or are happy to carry them then road shoes are good for later sections . There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. It is essential to carry the items below. There will be random kit checks prior to the race . Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.

Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (shown on your map book given at registration)
Map Book (provided)
Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
Waterproof Jacket
Headtorch or Body Torch
Spare batteries
Hat and Gloves
Long sleeved base layer or fleece top

cut off

The cut off time for the race is 11 hours. We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Checkpoint information sheet.


The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Your family and friends can track your progress in real-time and you can use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The GPS Tracking units upload your position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours . Don’t forget to drop it off at the finish!


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