14 - 15 September 2013
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 bustle of the City of London, to the Thames Barrier.
Our Challenge heads West, starting out from the urban jungle of London at
Fulham Palace through some of the most historic and picturesque towns in
In 2013 we have introduced more route options as well as a dedicated
running section to the challenge – to allow for you to take on the event with
suits your personal goals and ambitions!
- Putney to Henley. A tough 24 hour endurance walk
or Ultra Marathon run!
- Putney to Runnymede. A daytime walk or marathon plus run.
- Runnymede to Henley. A daytime walk or marathon plus run - or a night-time walk!
For complete information on the routes and start times, please click here.
Click here to find out more about how to sign up to the challenge!
It sounds relatively straight forward,
but to walk either 50KM or the full 100KM is a test of mental and
physical strength. However, with good preparation, and a training plan which builds distance over time, the 100km is an
achievable goal, no matter what your fitness and experience level is at
are classed as those aiming to complete the 50 KM challenge in 7 hours or more –
with a target time of 12 hours and the 100KM in 15 hours or more
(33hrs max!) with a target of 24 hours!
will walk and jog parts of the route - others will take a more leisurely
will start in groups from 7am until 1pm on the Saturday.
walks will be available leading up to the challenge.
than 2,000 walkers will take on the 2013 challenge!
If you are looking to step up from a marathon run,
stretch your legs further and try a longer distance – or you are a seasoned
Ultra-Marathon runner looking to take on your next challenge – the Thames Path
Challenge is the perfect challenge. New for 2013 we are opening up the event to
runners – from first timers (who might want to try some walking and jogging
along the way) to those with a personal best to achieve. The course record is
there to be set – and there will be categories for prizes.
- Runners are classed as those aiming to complete the 50KM challenge in under 7 hrs and the 100km challenge in under 15 hrs
London’s longest marathon+ distance of 50KM or the 100km Ultra
your own pace – a personal challenge – or battle it out at the front with
our elite competitors
runners menus at feed stations.
energy powders and supplies for all runners.
- Those taking on the 50km (baggage available at 25km), 100km runners – baggage at
recommend that you have previously completed at least one standard
runners should cross the finish line at approximately 10.00 - 11.00 pm
We're also pleased to announce that the Thames Path
Challenge is a qualifying event for the Ultra-Trail du
Mont-Blanc where you will get 2 qualifying points for the 100KM. To find out more
information, please click here.
Teams & Individuals?
If you want to tackle the challenge on your own
you’ll be amongst many others, so don’t worry - and certainly, many
seasoned runners prefer the ’solo’ option - as an ‘individual’ our team
supports you all the way. Alternatively the Thames Path Challenge is the
perfect way to take 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. You may even choose to take on your fundraising commitment together for your
For teams of 5 or more - you will be rewarded with free event kit merchandise teams of 5-7 will receive a neck buff each - and teams of 8 or more all will get a free neck buff but a free technical training top click here for samples! Team captain's will receive a team recruitment pack with marketing posters, flyers and a log to help recruit your team.
Please note that when in a team, it is still £275 (50km) and £400 (100km) fundraising per person.
You can sign up to the challenge via this website online, paying an initial deposit. You'll then choose your distance and select which charity you wish to raise sponsorship for. During the registration process, you'll be asked whether you're starting/joining a team and if you're walking or running the challenge.
|Distance ||Registration Fee||Sponsorship Target|
|50km - 1st or 2nd half!||£60||£275|
Click here to sign up to the challenge today!
signing up to the Thames Path Challenge, not only will you be take on a heroic feat
of endurance, but the fundraising you'll be raising will make a huge
difference to your charity of choice. 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 toolkits with plenty of advice!
By signing up to the challenge you are committing to the minimum sponsorship target.
- 50% of the fundraising target must be received by your nominated charity by 2 August 2013 (6 weeks prior) to confirm your place on the challenge.
- The remaining sponsorship monies will be received by the charity prior to the event, but no later than 4 weeks after the event - 11 October 2013.
Your charity pays a fee of between £75-£99 for 100K Challengers and £50-£74 for 50K Challengers (depending on their recruitment levels) to the event organiser (Action Challenge), for services associated with marketing and organising the event.
In the second part of the registration process, you'll be directed to set up your online fundraising page with our partner Just Giving. This is a fantastic platform to help you raise more money for your charity, and quicker! We're here to try and make sure as much money is raised for charity as possible, whilst providing a challenge that you'll never forget.
An extensive team of support walkers, marshals, caterers, medics, and
physios are all on hand to provide support and encouragement along the route.
- Pre-event resource via your online Participant Area.
- On-event walker pack - route card, safety
- Hot meals at 50km, 75km, and 100km
- Pace walkers, marshals, medics, event doctor.
- Physiotherapists/medics at 25km, 50km,
75km & 100km.
- Rest stops every 12km
(approx) with drinks & snacks.
- Support vehicles on hand throughout.
- Family, friends, supporters welcome to support along the way!
Click here for a full list of inclusions!
Click here to find out how to join the challenge today!