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The Thames Challenge

£15.00 - £395.00Free injury protection
Event summary

Cover England's longest river path from the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich. This hugely challenging event covers a distance of 184 miles, over four days, and is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who can complete it.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Tue Aug 03 2021

What's included:

  • 3 nights camping
  • Evening meals, breakfast and snacks during each stage
  • 4 jigsaw finisher medals, one for each day of the challenge
  • 3 original Buffs
  • Race maps and GPX files
  • Daily Kit Transfer
  • Event t-shirt
  • Trophies for top finishers
The Thames Challenge
8:00am Thu 5th Aug 2021

Run 184mi

£15.00 - £395.00
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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is accommodation provided during The Thames Challenge?
Yes tents are provided for the end of stages 1, 2, and 3.… read more
FAQ
Is food provided during The Thames Challenge?
Runners will be provided with breakfast in the morning, a hot meal at the end of each stage, as well as snacks and drinks during each stage.… read more
FAQ
Will there be baggage transport at The Thames Challenge?
Yes there will be a daily kit transfer for each participant of one cabin sized bag.… read more
Route description
Route description

The Thames Path is England's longest river path. Runners will start this epic adventure from the source of The Thames in the Cotswolds, and travel 184 unforgettable miles to the mouth of the river at The Thames Barrier.

The challenge is to complete this distance over 4 stages over 4 days. Each of these stages is a race in it's own right and if you complete all 4, you will receive all 4 medals which fit together as a jigsaw. You can also enter any race individually.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Checkpoint Food

It is asked that entrants do not rely on the checkpoints to sustain them, and bring their own food and drink for the route. An example of the food on offer at the checkpoints are:

  • Malt loaf
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheese and marmite sandwiches
  • Sweets
  • Squash and Coca Cola
Logistics and schedule

07:00 - 07:30 Registration and Kit Checks

08:00 Stage 1 Starts

Competitors must register at the noted registration points at least one hour before the start of each stage, and present their kit for examination on request.

Cut-off Times

Runners must complete each day faster than 4mph average. If this isn't achieved you will be withdrawn from the race.

Age Restrictions

Runners must be at least 18 years old to take part.

Food

Runners will be provided with breakfast in the morning, a hot meal at the end of each stage, as well as snacks and drinks during each stage.

  • Day 1: The Ferryman restaurant with a hot meal and a drink

  • Day 2: A hot meal provided by Ultra Running in Henley.

  • Day 3: The Albany Centre, with a chilli dish or similar

Mandatory Kit

  • Backpack or equivalent
  • Head Torch with spare batteries
  • OS Map or the organiser's downloadable maps are acceptable
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit

Kit Transfer

The organiser will transfer one cabin sized bag to the next camping location for each individual taking part.

Checkpoints

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. Id you do not do this at any check point it will mean you have failed to complete the race and you will be disqualified.

How to get there

Kemble Station Car Park, Windmill Rd, Kemble, Cirencester GL7 6AW, UK

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Start & Finish

Competitors must be self-sufficient in their transportation to the start of the race and also at completion of the event.

By Car

Kemble Station is situated just south west of Cirencester and can be accessed from the A429.

By Train

Kemble Train Station is right next to the start of Stage 1.

Accommodation

Thames event competitors will be provided with free camping facilities after stages 1, 2 and 3. This will include the pitch cost and the tent only, arranged by Ultra Running Limited.

At all 3 locations there will be an evening meal, breakfast and unlimited water, tea & coffee. Showers and charging facilities are also available at all camping locations.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is accommodation provided during The Thames Challenge?
Yes tents are provided for the end of stages 1, 2, and 3.
FAQ
Is food provided during The Thames Challenge?
Runners will be provided with breakfast in the morning, a hot meal at the end of each stage, as well as snacks and drinks during each stage.
FAQ
Will there be baggage transport at The Thames Challenge?
Yes there will be a daily kit transfer for each participant of one cabin sized bag.
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The Thames Challenge
8:00am Thu 5th Aug 2021
£15.00 - £395.00

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£15.00 - £395.00Free injury protection

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