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Take on this brilliant ultra challenge, beginning in Iffley and finishing in Henley. Run along the Thames Trail, covering 47 miles of footpaths and towpaths. Finishers will get their hands on a bespoke medal and can contend for top finisher's prizes.
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Sat, 19 Oct 2024
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Where and when
Hawkwell House Hotel Oxford By Accor, Church Way, Iffley, Village, Oxford OX4 4DZ, UK
Start times
Saturday, 19 Oct 2024
Ultra: 8:15 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Thames Trail Ultra
Route information
Starting 3 miles south of Oxford, the course closely hugs the River Thames as it makes its way through towns, villages and countryside on its way to London.
This route point to point route is 40.4 miles long and will have all entrants running on cross country trails, riverside paths and 6.6 miles on the road. Expect the course to be muddy and wet in places, it is advised to wear trail shoes with good grip.
This race is waymarked throughout but will require some navigation, all entrants will be provided with a map book and resources to keep you on track.
The finish will be in Henley.
Aid Stations
There will be well-stocked feed stations where runners can be cheered on by enthusiastic spectators. There are 5 Check Points, located at approximately 8-9 mile intervals. Each will have water, and a selection of supplementary energy gels.
Checkpoints are located at the following locations:
  • CP1: 10 miles - Culham Lock, Tollgate Road, Culham, Abingdon, OX14 4NE
  • CP2: 19.5 miles - Nearest Landmark is Waterfront Café. Benson Waterfront, Benson, OX10 6SJ
  • CP3: 27.7 miles - At the end of Manor Road, Goring RG8 9EH. Road finishes and turns into a track. Runners come along Manor Road, pass in front of the checkpoint.
  • CP4: 34 miles - Mapledurham RG8 8BD - Heading east from Pangbourne A329 to Purley on Thames take left into New Hill. Cross railway to bottom of Road. There is a junction with the lane (no entry) from Mapledurham Lock. On verge looking down the lane. Runners approach from Mapledurham Drive.
  • CP5: 41.7 miles - Sonning RG4 6UT (park opposite)
  • Finish: Mill Meadows, Meadow Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BE
UTMB points
This is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race, finisher's will be awarded with 3 Endurance points by ITRA.
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Aid stations
  • Water stations
  • Bag transfer
  • Prizes
  • Map book
How to get there
Hawkwell House Hotel Oxford By Accor, Church Way, Iffley, Village, Oxford OX4 4DZ, UK
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By Train
For anyone travelling by train there is a courtesy shuttle bus from Oxford train station which is usually very popular, please let the organiser know your rail travel arrangements to help them plan.
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.
Event day logistics
07:00 Registration opens
08:15 Thames Trot Ultra starts
13:00 Checkpoint 2 cut-off time
15:00 Checkpoint 3 cut-off time
16:30 Checkpoint 4 cut-off time
18:00 Checkpoint 5 cut-off time
19:30 Event cut-off time
All runners should arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race in order to drop their bags and complete the registration process.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 years or older to compete.
Mandatory Kit List
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Map book (supplied)
  • Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying 1 litre
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Whistle
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Long sleeve base layer or fleece top
Recommended Kit
  • Trail shoes
Kit Checks
There will be random kit checks before the start of the race, all runners must be carrying the mandatory kit with them or they will not be able to participate.
There will be prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female competitors.
Bag Transfer
All entrants must only bring one bag to be transferred to the finish. The bag should be no larger than UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25cm)
UTMB points
This is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race, finisher's will be awarded with 3 Endurance points by ITRA.
Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome. The best place to view runners will be at the checkpoints
Is there a bag drop at the Thames Ultra Trot?
Yes, there will be a bag drop. Also, each competitor will be able to have one bag transferred from the start to the finish.
What is the cut-off time Thames Ultra Trot?
There is a cut-off time of 11 hours.
How many checkpoints will there be at the Thames Ultra Trot?
There will be 5 checkpoints located at 8-9 mile intervals. Full details of the checkpoint locations will be sent out to those registered.
Will there be toilets at the Thames Ultra Trot?
There will be toilets at the start and finish.
Is there an age requirement to take part in the Thames Trot Ultra?
Due to the length of the race, participants must be over 18 years old.
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