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The Severn Challenge

Rhyd-y-benwch, Hafren Forest, Wales


Thu 20th May 2021

4 races

£214.00 - £754.00

Organiser's Description

Utilising the longest riverside track in Britain, The Severn Challenge takes you along 210 miles of path, from the source of Afon Hafren (Welsh for River Severn) to the mouth of the River Severn. Added to this the four mile trek to reach the ‘source’, the ‘Severn Challenge’ commands an impressive distance of 217 miles. This epic journey is split into five stages, over a five day period, each a unique race in its own right. Enter it in its entirety, or choose one or more of the one day options.

The Severn Challenge is without doubt one of the toughest races in the UK. Over the last seven years the finisher rate is around 26%.

Please note that ALL our races are now cup-free which means we will not be supplying cups and you will need to bring your own. We will provide water and squash dispensers and cola bottles for you to pour into your own cup.


  • Solo - the '7' Challenge

    Thu 21st May 2020

    5 Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £463.00 CLOSED
  • Solo - Source to Holt Castle

    Thu 21st May 2020

    First 3-Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £318.00 CLOSED
  • Solo - Holt Castle to Mouth

    Sun 24th May 2020

    Last 2-Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £214.00 CLOSED
  • The Double

    Thames & Severn Challenges

    £754.00 CLOSED


  • Solo - the '7' Challenge

    Thu 21st May 2020

    5 Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £463.00 CLOSED
  • Solo - Source to Holt Castle

    Thu 21st May 2020

    First 3-Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £318.00 CLOSED
  • Solo - Holt Castle to Mouth

    Sun 24th May 2020

    Last 2-Days. Incl. Camping & All Food

    £214.00 CLOSED
  • The Double

    Thames & Severn Challenges

    £754.00 CLOSED

What's Included

Finishers Medals and Trophies.
All Severn Challenge Finishers will receive:

- Five Bespoke medals, one for each day of the challenge.
- A Bespoke technical Severn Challenge T-Shirt
- Every Finisher gets the same size Trophy.

Complete all five stages and you get all five medals, which are designed as a jigsaw and will replicate a precise miniature scale of the route.

In addition any competitor completing the ‘Severn Challenge’ in less than thirty-six hours will receive the ‘soon to be coveted’ ‘Severn Challenge’ jacket.

Camping Ultra Running Ltd provides camping facilities at the end of Stage 1,2, 3, and 4. Tents are included and will be set up ready for your arrival in to camp (You will need your own mat and sleeping bag). Please note that camping facilities are not provided for the end of the race.

Solo tents are provided, you do not share. It is requested that all camping facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor. Abuse of facilities (as deemed by Ultra Running Ltd) will result in removal and disqualification from the race. The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost, for any runner, family member or supporter who wishes to attend any or all of the events.

Please Note:

  1. Camp Site 1, 2 & 3: Showers facilities are provided.
  2. Camp Site 4: There are NO shower facilities.

(Note: The calorific value of URL food provided per day exceeds 3,000 Kcal)

  • End of Day 1 – Fish & Chips, Rice Pudding.
  • End of Day 2 – Pub Bar Meal such as Chilli Con Carni.
  • End of Day 3 – Lasagne or Pasta meal.
  • End of Day 4 – Chinese
  • End of Day 5 – Returning to Little Bowbrook for presentations and food.

Kit Transfer
Our support vehicle will assist in the transferring of one cabin sized kit bag per competitor to the following days Camp Facility; Although this is only done with the acceptance by the competitor that they take sole responsibility for these items whilst in transit, and by requesting this service, automatically indemnify Ultra Running Ltd or any of its employees in liability for any loss or damage in transit whatsoever.

Facilities for charging of Garmins etc at camp-sites.

Check-Point Food
Example items which may change are – Malt loaf, cake, jam, peanut butter, cheese or marmite sandwiches, sweets, squash and coke. We would ask however that you do not rely on these alone and take only what you need with consideration for the other runners still to come in to the checkpoints.

Entry and logistics
‘Severn Challenge’ competitors are required to arrive at Rhyd-y-benwych for 10:00 to allow time for a race brief and photographs. Competitors must be self sufficient in their travel arrangements to the race start location and also on completion of the race.

Race Presentations
Severn Challenge Trophy presentations will take place at the finish of the race.

Hiring of GPS equipment
As with all of Ultra Running Ltd Events, entrants have the facility to hire out a Garmin for the duration of the race should they wish to do so at a nominal fee. For more information please click HERE

Navigation & Maps
Link to Maps / GPS / Route Instruction can be found HERE

Time Restrictions
It is imperative that entrants achieve a minimum of 4mph (including stops etc). If you fall below this minimum requirement you will get pulled out of the race and not be allowed to continue any further with the Severn Challenge. This isn’t debateable.

Stage Details

Stage 1 (26 miles)
The Hafren (10:30 start from Rhyd-y-benwch picnic area)
Hafren to Maesmawr B&B
Thursday 21st May 2020

Stage 2 (45 miles)
The Severn Plod Ultra (07:30 start)
Maesmawr B&B to Wingfield Arms campsite
Friday 22nd May 2020

Stage 3 (60 miles)
The Severn Path Ultra (07:30 start)
Wingfield Arms campsite to Top Barn, Holt
Saturday 23rd May 2020

Stage 4 (60 miles)
The Severn Way Ultra (07:30 start)
Top Barn to Manor Farm
Sunday 24th May 2020

Stage 5 (27 miles)
Bristol Severn (07:30 start)
Manor Farm to 'Severn Beach'
Monday 25th May 2020

Total race distance 218 miles

It is the responsibility of each competitor to make their own arrangements to get to the start at Rhyd-y-benwych and from the finish at Severn Beach.

Race Options

Event Options and fees:

Please note that all entry fees are on a non-refundable basis. However you can defer your entry until the following year through the entry system for just £15.00. Deferral is not allowed if you are within four weeks of the event.

It is the responsibility of each competitor to make their own arrangements to get to the start at Rhyd-y-benwych and from the finish at Severn Beach.

Full Severn Challenge entries
- Standard Solo – includes camping facilities and all food

Source of ‘7’ to Top Barn Camping
- Standard Solo – includes camping facilities and all food

Top Barn Camping to the ‘Mouth’ of the Severn
- Standard Solo – includes camping facilities and all food

Take on the DOUBLE – enter both the Thames Challenge and the Severn Challenge (both events in the same calendar year) at a discounted rate of £754.00

The event can also be split into single day entries (you can book as many of the single days as you like to make your own Ultra distance) See links for individual events below. Single days do not include transfers, camping, or hot food at the finish.

The Hafren Ultra

The Severn Plod Ultra

The Severn Path Ultra

The Severn Way Ultra

The Bristol Severn Ultra

Race Rules

The following are the race rules that apply to all Ultra Running Ltd events and should be adhered to by all race participants.

Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins to the front chest. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints. Teams must have pre-registered before the day and consist of at least three competitors who will also count as individual competitors amongst the rankings. For a Team to successfully complete the race, a minimum of three members of that Team must finish.

Each participant must make sure he/she is carrying all items detailed in the mandatory kit list

You cannot change your race entry category or team once the race has started.

Relay team members: All originally designated members of a team must complete the leg they have chosen, and the following team member must not start the race until the person they are handing over from has arrived at that CP, otherwise automatic disqualification will apply. Changes to the team members and/or race order can only be made up until the team has signed in on the day of the race.

Competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number and entry/exit time along with any injuries; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.

All entrants must be 20 years or over on the start day of the race

Mandatory Kit List

Competitors must carry the following items. Random bag checks will be made on registration. Anyone found not to have the correct kit will not be allowed to start the race

  1. Backpack or equivalent
  2. Head Torch with spare batteries
  3. Ordnance Survey Map 150 (Our downloadable maps are ok)
  4. Compass or GPS device
  5. Whistle
  6. Mobile phone
  7. Emergency food pack consisting of a two chocolate bars,
  8. Basic first Aid Kit

Competitor Retirement

If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.

Time Constraints

The organisers want to give every competitor the opportunity of completing the race and will, where reasonable practicable, allow generous opening times of CP Stations; the allowance should be within an average of 4.0 miles per hour. If you fall below the 4.0 miles per hour you will be pulled from the race without concession.


In the event of Ultra Running Ltd. having to cancel the event, an alternative date will be provided. If re-scheduling of the event isn’t possible, or a competitor cannot make the revised date. URL undertakes to refund payments received, less any out of pocket expenses which are determined at 25%.

For all other circumstances, including Competitor cancellations due to personal reasons, refunds are not allowed. But at the discretion of the organisers an entry may be transferred to the following years race providing the request is within four weeks of the event date.

Any ‘transferred races’ or ‘reduced rate races’ are not refundable or transferable in any respect.

Race Photography

Ultra Running Ltd. reserve all exclusive rights relating to photographic coverage of their races. By entering an event, participants agree that Ultra Running Ltd may exclusively use any photographic or textual content captured during the event for advertisement purposes.


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Rhyd-y-benwch, Hafren Forest, Wales