The Thames Challenge is an 184 mile race along the longest riverside path in England. The whole event is split into 4 stages, over 4 days, making it a gruelling event for runners.
If you don't feel like tackling the whole route, you're welcome to take on just 1 stage of the race. Here with the The Oxford Ultra, runners will take on the second stage of the event.
Distance 60 miles Total ascent 293 metres Total descent 328 metres
From the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe, the path leaves the river here for a while, returning at Skinner’s Weir and along to Pinkhill Weir. Between Wytham Great Wood and the Thames, the path leads on to Oxford’s edge, the spectacular Sandford Weir and then Culham and Cholsey.
A departure from the river bank brings you through Moulsford, but soon returns, going past Streatley and Whitchurch-on-Thames. A short deviation through the town of Purley Park, past Tilehurst, before finally arriving at the Eyot Centre in Henley-on-Thames which is Camp-Site Two for Thames Challenge competitors, or the conclusion of The Oxford Ultra.
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.
The whole event is split into 4 stages, over 4 days, making it a gruelling event for runners. You can enter the whole Challenge or any of the individual stages.