THE THAMES PATH CHALLENGE
13 - 14 September 2014
The Thames Path follows England's best known river for 184 miles (294km) as it meanders from its source in the Cotswolds on through the City of London, to the Thames Barrier. The city section has been voted as one of the World's best urban treks! Our challenge heads upstream from Putney Bridge to Runnymede of Magana Carta fame, then on past some wonderful scenery to Henley.
3 distance options as endurance walks or ultra style runs - most starting on Saturday morning. Walkers could be stepping up from the normal charity 10k, or veterans of the long distance trails. Runners may be occasional marathon'ers looking to go further, or seasoned ultra competitors out for a quick time. Jogging sits in the middle - so sign up to a 'walk' or 'run' based on your anticipated speed.
The 100 km course is split into four ~25 km stages with main rest / food stops at the end of each & further drink / snack stops at the ~12.5 km mid points. All start finish locations are close to rail stations - and we run shuttle busses to those local stations at the finish. It's easy to join and take part!
- Putney Bridge to Henley. continuous 24 hour endurance Walk or ultra marathon Run!
- Option 1- Putney Bridge to Runnymede. Walk or 'marathon plus' Run - Sat morning start
- Option 2- Runnymede to Henley. Walk or 'marathon plus' Run - Sat morning start
- Option 3- Runnymede to Henley. An overnight 'Moonlight' Walk - Sat evening start
- Option 1- Putney Bridge to Hampton. Walk or '1/2 marathon+' Run - Sat morning start
Option 2- Hampton to Runnymede. Walk only - Sat morning start
Option 3- Runnymede to Cookham. Walk or '1/2 marathon+' Run - Sat morning start
Option 4- Cookham to Henley. Walk only - Sunday morning start
Whatever your goal is, and however you take it on, you will be supported in the same way by our team, with great food & drink, a fully signed route, medics , marshals, and plenty of cheer'ers.
For more information on the routes, options, and start times, please click here.
Walking 100 km is a real test of stamina & determination, and a 50 or 25 km walk is a big challenge also! However, with some training any distance is an achievable goal, no matter what your fitness and experience level at the outset. There are training guides, forums, Facebook groups & optional training walks to get involved with. Go that bit further in 2014 - push yourself!
- 100 km walk has a 24 hr target - most will do it in 20 - 30 hrs.
50 km walk has a 11 hr target time - a time of 9 - 14 hrs will be for most.
25 km walk - target time 5 hrs, most will hit 4-7 hrs.
- 100 & 50 km walkers set out from 7 am - 25 km walkers from 10 am
- Runnymede Moonlight 50 km walk starts at 10 pm
- Sunday final 25 km starts at 8 am
- Training walks will be available leading up to the challenge.
More than 3,000 walkers will take on the challenge in 2014
Looking to step up from a marathon or half-marathon? A new 25 km run? Or are you seasoned ultra runner looking for your next challenge. Our full support,food, energy snacks / drinks, signage,- means that if you are going further – you' ll have everything you need to go that extra distance!
- For 100 km - runners are classed as those who can do it sub 15 hours
For 50 km that time is 7 hours, and for 25 km it's 4 hours
If you plan to 'jog' parts - but won't hit the target times above - sign up as a 'Walker'
- Runners set off first – ahead of the walkers for a clear run
- Tailored runners menus at feed stations.
- Extra energy powders and supplies for all runners.
- Baggage transfer for a 30 L rucksac to the finish (and to the mid point for 100km runners)
We're also pleased to announce that the 100 km Thames Path Challenge is a qualifying event for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc where you will get 2 qualifying points.
Teams & Individuals?
If you want to tackle the challenge on your own you’ll be amongst many others. As an ‘individual’ our team supports you all the way and the challenge provides you with a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded people and make new friends.
The Challenge is perfect for a team of friends, family, or colleagues - particularly as a walking challenge but it’s fine for runners also - supporting each other en-route and training together before the big day. Team members can each fundraise for their own charity - or the team can all support the same one. Corportae packages are available.
Choose ANY charity of your choice!
Your challenge helps others. Sign up online and pay an initial Registration Fee, AND pledge to fundraise a minimum target for your charity. There are over 200 charities to fundraise for - and if your's isn't listed, just nominate them, and we'll contact them. When registering, you'll be asked whether you're an Individual', creating a 'New Team', or joining an Existing Team.
| 50 km
| 25 km
Please note, you can register now as an Individual and then edit your registration later if you would like to 'create' or join a team at some point.
Your charity will also provide fantastic support to ensure you have everything you need to reach your target, including regular update calls, emails and fundraising tool kits with plenty of advice!
By signing up to the challenge you are committing to the fundraising target – which is a ‘minimum’.
- 50% of the minimum fundraising target should ideally be received by your charity 6 weeks prior to the challenge to confirm your place on it.
- All the remaining balance and all other sponsorship and fundraising monies must be received by your charity no later than 4 weeks after the challenge.
Note: Your charity pays a fee of between £85-99 for 100 km, £55-75 for 50 km, and £40 for the 25 km Challenge to the event organiser (Action Challenge UK Ltd), for services associated with marketing, promotion and organising the event.
An extensive team of support walkers, marshals, caterers, medics & physios and are all on hand to provide support and encouragement along the route.
Pre-event resources via the Participant Area of the website
Covered rest stops every ~12.5 km, with toilets, FREE hot / cold drinks & snacks,
- FREE - BBQ dinner/ lunch / brunch at the finish of your challenge (all distances)
- For 100 km challengers - FREE hot meals at 50 km & 75 km rest stops
- For 50 km & 100 km challengers, bring you own packed lunch / meal to 25 km rest stop
Support vehicles on hand throughout
Finishers medal, T shirt, glass of bubbly.
Shuttle busses to local stations at the finish
Family, friends, supporters welcome to support along the way at major stops!
The 2014 Thames Path Challenge will be the best & biggest so far. Why don't you make it your biggest challenge of 2014 - and push yourself a bit further!