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 Windsor Ultra, runners will take on the third stage of the event.
The Windsor Ultra
Distance 48.3 miles
From Henley runners will continue down river to Seven Corner Alley and Marlow Lock. At Cookham Bridge you will leave the river briefly, into the village and onto the open common, Cookham Moor. Returning to the river at Formosa Place runners take the river crossing at Maidenhead Bridge. Head under the M4 motorway bridge and continue into the field of Dorney, Thames Field.
Runners will then head along several meanders, taking in Boveney Lock, the Windsor Racecourse and the bathing places for the school boys of Eton.
Now enter Brocas Meadow, with Windsor Castle in full view, over Windsor Bridge. You will continue through Runnymede, Bellweir lock, Staines Bridge and the intake to the vast Queen Mary Reservoir.
Nearing the end of the race you will head past Shepperton Lock, along Walton Lane, then through Teddington and on to Albany Canoe & Sailing Centre which is Camp-Site Three for Thames Challenge competitors, or the conclusion of The Windsor 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.