The Thames Challenge

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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.
The Thames Challenge
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Thu, 11 Aug 2022
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Kemble, United Kingdom
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Kemble Station Car Park, Windmill Rd, Kemble, Cirencester GL7 6AW, UK
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Thu, 11 Aug 2022
The Thames Challenge:
Here's what races are available for The Thames Challenge
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
  • 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
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.
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.
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.
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
  • Reusable cup for checkpoints and water stations
Kit Transfer
The organiser will transfer one cabin sized bag to the next camping location for each individual taking part.
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.
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