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The Oxford Ultra

£35.00 - £90.00Free injury protection
About
Take on the second leg of one of the toughest runs in the UK. This 65 mile Ultra along the Thames Path is perfect for ambitious trail runners. The epic course is mostly flat and hugs the river for much of its length, producing stunning scenery throughout.
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The Oxford Ultra
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Calendar
Fri 12th Aug 2022
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Bablock Hythe, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
The Ferryman Inn, Bablock Hythe, Witney OX29 5AT, UK
Start times
The Oxford Ultra:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Oxford Ultra
The Oxford Ultra
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66mi
£35.00 - £90.00
Route information
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.
Stage 2
Distance 65.7 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.
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.
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.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Trophies for top finishers
  • Checkpoint drinks and nibbles
Train
How to get there
The Ferryman Inn, Bablock Hythe, Witney OX29 5AT, 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
The Ferrymans Inn is situated approximately 10 miles west of Oxford and can be accessed from the B4449.
By Train
Oxford Station is the nearest to the race start, approximately 10 miles away.
Accommodation
Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £35.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire.
Event day logistics
07:00 - 07:30 Registration
08:00 Race Starts
Cut-off Times
Runners must complete the race 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.
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
Checkpoints
At the checkpoints there will be unlimited water and some nutritional nibbles. Please remember that all Ultra Running events are cup free so you should have a reusable cup with you. Competitors should not rely on the nibbles at the checkpoints to sustain them, they should have some food of their own with them.
All competitors must go through all checkpoints. Please ensure that the checkpoint attendant has recorded your race number or you could be disqualified.
FAQ's
Do I have to complete the whole Thames Challenge?
No absolutely not. Entrants are able to enter each section of the race independently from the whole run, so if you don't fancy the whole run, you're more than welcome to enter a section separately.
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Will I receive food during The Oxford Ultra?
There will be some nutritional nibbles at the checkpoints. You should also bring some food of your own on the course.
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Is there a cut-off time for The Oxford Ultra?
Runners must complete the race faster than 4mph average. If this isn't achieved you will be withdrawn from the race.
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Do all finishers receive a medal at The Oxford Ultra?
Yes all finishers will receive a bespoke medal.
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Can I book camping for The Oxford Ultra?
Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £35.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire.
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