The Thames Challenge
England’s longest river path, starting from the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds, before finally reaching the mouth at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, a distance of 184 miles. The challenge is to complete the entire length in four stages over a four day period.
The four stages are unique races which can each be entered as single races in their own right – The Cotswold Ultra, The Oxford Ultra, The Windsor Ultra, and The Richmond Ultra. 6-9 August.
Thames Challenge Solo entry - includes all, camping & meals as described.£411.96 BOOK
Bespoke finisher medal for each Ultra
Complete all four stages and you get four jigsaw finisher medals, three original Buffs and a Thames Challenge t-shirt.
The following trophies are applicable to all four races:
- Mens' individual winner trophy
- Ladies' individual winner trophy
- Mens' veteran individual winner trophy (over 55)
- Ladies' veteran individual winner trophy (over 55)
Camping facilities, evening meal, breakfast and unlimited water, tea & coffee at the end of Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3.
Water and some nutrition at named check-points
Stage 1 – The Cotswold Ultra, Thursday 6 August 2020 – 44.2 miles.
Stage 2 – The Oxford Ultra, Friday 7 August 2020 – 59.5 miles
Stage 3 – The Windsor Ultra, Saturday 8 August 2020 – 48.3 miles
Stage 4 – The Richmond Ultra, Sunday 9 August 2020 – 31.9 miles
Thames event competitors will be provided with free camping facilities, (which include the pitch cost and the tent only) arranged by Ultra Running Limited, also evening meal, breakfast and unlimited water, tea & coffee at the end of Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3.
Showers and changing facilities are available at all camping locations.
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 Limited) 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 family member or supporter who wishes to attend any or all of the events.
Competitors must be self-sufficient in their transportation to the start of the race and also at completion of the event.
Competitors must must arrive for registration and equipment checks between 7.00am and 7.30am. Race start for each event will be 8.00am, following a race brief.
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.
Runners must achieve a minimum 4 mph in order to continue with the challenge.
If you fail to maintain at anytime the minimum 4mph requirement you will not be allowed to continue with the challenge and any remaining days will be forfeited.
All entrants must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the race.
Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete 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; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the pre determined race route will be disqualified.
If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or telephoning the emergency number given at the start of the race. The emergency number is also printed on your race Bib.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of The Thames Series of Races. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.
Backpack or equivalent
Head Torch with spare batteries
OS Map or our downloadable maps are acceptable
Compass or GPS device
First Aid Kit
Competitor cancellations are non refundable but may be deferred to the following year, providing you are not within four weeks or less of the event.
It is recommended that you take out your own personal and cancellation insurance that covers you for the activities undertaken. All deposits / payments are on a non refundable basis.
Ultra Running Limited will give support to everyone to achieve their goals in whichever challenge they choose. Our named check-points will provide water and some nutrition, but it is each individual competitor’s responsibility to ensure they are fit enough or well enough to compete in or complete a stage or full race distance. Any special requirements a competitor has must be catered for by themselves.
It is strongly recommended that you seek your own doctor’s advice prior to signing up for these ultra challenges, which are incredibly demanding both mentally and physically.
Our support vehicle will also assist in the transferring of one kit bag per competitor to the following day's Camp Facility, although this is only done with the acceptance by that competitor that they take sole responsibility for these items whilst in transit, and by requesting this service, automatically indemnify Ultra Running Limited or any of its employees in liability for any loss or damage in transit whatsoever.
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.
Kemble Station, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6AU
Full details of options for getting to the source will be provided later, but all competitors must be self-sufficient in this respect.
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