Chiltern 50 Challenge

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Chiltern 50 Challenge
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This stunning event takes in the very best the Chilterns has to offer. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome, and with both 25k and 50k options available this is an event for all ranges of ability. Come for the wonderful atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings and your finisher's medal.
50k - Full Challenge, 25k - 1st Half and 25k - 2nd Half
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Sat, 25 Sept 2021
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Where and when
The Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AP, UK
Start times
Saturday, 25 Sept 2021
50k - Full Challenge:
7:00 am |
25k - 1st Half:
7:00 am |
25k - 2nd Half:
12:00 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Chiltern 50 Challenge
50k - Full Challenge
£10 - £129
25k - 1st Half
£5 - £79
25k - 2nd Half
£5 - £79
Route information
Full 50k
Starts and finishes in Henley
Distance 50k
Elevation 920m
UTMB Points: 2
This event starts and finishes in Henley, taking in wonderful sections of the Shakespeares Way, Icknield Way and Chiltern Way. You will enjoy Chilterns countryside, historic trails, rolling hills, nature reserves, and fantastic views. The loop takes in over 900 metres of elevation, but you will be rewarded throughout with the spectacular views.
1st Half Challenge
Henley to Lewknor
Distance 25k
Elevation 400m
If 50k is a little out of reach for you, the 1st Half Challenge is a great chance to take on half the route. From Henley walkers will take in lovely sections of the Chiltern Way on route to the finish at Lewknor. After the finish line celebration and lunch, you can catch the shuttle back to the start.
2nd Half Challenge
Lewknor to Henley
Distance 25k
Elevation 500m
The 2nd Half Challenge also provides walkers a chance to take on half the distance, enjoy beautiful countryside and scenery throughout as you make your way from Lewknor back to Henley. You will finish with the Full distance walkers and enjoy the evening celebrations all together.
Rest Stops
There will be rest stops every 12.5m with larger stops every 25k. There will be marquee cover, large medical & welfare tents, catering services, seating areas for recovery, changing rooms, and a friendly welcome.
Each distance will have different food and drinks options at various stops. They will be located at the following marker points:
  • 12k - snacks & drinks (1st Half Challenge only)
  • 25k - picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 25k - BBQ meal (2nd Half Challenge only)
  • 50k - BBQ meal
  • Finish - glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt
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What's included
  • Bespoke Medal
  • Event T-shirt
  • Marquee cover & rest area
  • Food & drinks catering to all requirements
  • Including snacks and drinks on route, main meals and BBQ finisher's meal
  • Fully signed route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Trek Masters to help guide you
  • Baggage transfer service
  • Medics & First Aid
  • Camping available to book
  • Race transfer available to book
  • Glass of fizz at the finish!
How to get there
The Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AP, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
There are shuttle transfers available to be booked separately. These must all be booked in advance of the event.
Pre Challenge Transfers
  • Henley station to the start: £5
  • Henley to Lewknor start: £10
  • Lewknor to Henley start: £10
  • Henley Weekend Parking - £5 per car
  • Drop Off Parking Henley - Free of charge
Post Challenge Transfers
  • Henley finish to Henley station: Free Of Charge
  • Lewknor to Henley: £5
At the ‘base camp’ in Henley camping is available both the night before the race and the night after the race. Ideal for all Challengers either starting and/or finishing in Henley. The campsite has hot showers, a rest area, changing rooms, drinks & more.
One Night Packages (either night)
  • Inclusive Package: 1 Person £60 p/ night
  • Inclusive Package: 2 Person £50 p/ night
  • Pitch Only: 1 Person £20 p/ night
  • Pitch Only: 2 Person £25 p/ night
Two Night Packages (Friday & Saturday)
  • Inclusive Package: 1 Person £65 for 2 nights
  • Inclusive Package: 2 Person £90 for 2 nights
  • Pitch Only: 1 Person £30 for 2 nights
  • Pitch Only: 2 Person £45 for 2 nights
These can all be booked as a bookable extra hereExternalLink.
Event day logistics
Full Challenge
07:00 Runners start
07:20 – 09:00 Joggers & walkers start
Finish times
  • Runners 4 - 7 hours
  • Joggers 7 - 10 hours
  • Walkers 10 - 16 hours
1st Half Challenge
07:00 Runners start
07:00 - 09:00 Joggers & walkers start
Finish times
  • Runners 2 - 3 hours
  • Joggers 3 - 5 hours
  • Walkers 4 - 7 hours
2nd Half Challenge
12:00 Start time for all
Finish times
  • Runners 2 - 3 hours
  • Joggers 3 - 5 hours
  • Walkers 4 - 7 hours
Challenge Options
There are 3 options to enter the event with, Self-Funding, Charity Sponsorship, and Mixed Funding.
Self-Funding: the entrant pays for the entry themselves and does not commit to fundraising for a charity.
Charity Funding: Here, entrants pay a small registration fee and fundraise for a charity of their choice. Entrants will fundraise independently and at least 50% of the commitment will be due to the charity 3 weeks before the event.
It's at this time that the charity pays a fee for your place to the organiser. The remaining 50%, and any extra, should be with your Charity by 4 weeks after the Challenge.
Mixed Funding: This option follows the same structure of the Charity Funding, except you pay half the price of your place, and fundraise a smaller amount for charity. At least 50% of the commitment will be due 3 weeks before the challenge, and the remaining will be due 4 weeks after the event.
Failure to meet the deadlines may result in cancellation by your charity.
If you choose one of the fundraising options the organiser will confirm that with the charity you've selected, and the charity will be in contact to welcome you within 7 - 10 days.
Baggage Transfer
There will be baggage transfer services at the event, which will be paid for in cash on the day. These cannot be pre-booked before the event. The prices are as follows:
  • Full Challenge: Start - Halfway - Finish - £10
  • Henley Storage - £5
  • Half Challenge: Start to Finish - £5
  • Kit Drop Service: Runners only
How does the charity I choose get in touch with me?
If you choose one of the fundraising options when registering, the organiser will confirm that with the charity you've selected, and they will be in contact to welcome you within 7 - 10 days.
Are the meals and snacks included in the price of entry?
Yes, all meals and food at rest-stops is included in the price of entry.
Will there be toilets at the rest-stops along the way?
Yes, there will be toilets and changing facilities along the way.
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