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Ultra Challenge 2020

Take a challenge AND help your persecuted family!


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Please check the Ultra Challenge Covonavirus Update page for all the latest news about how the current Covid-19 pandemic is affecting Ultra Challenge events. Currently the events below are unaffected BUT THIS COULD CHANGE so please check the Coronavirus Update page for all the latest information.


Over 30,000 will do an Ultra Challenge in 2020, with a range of ages, fitness, and experience. Walk, Jog, or Run, with no obstacles, mud, or gimmicks – just trails, hills, and great British scenery – and you’ll get the best support on any endurance style event, enabling you to go further!

Ultra Challenges are fun, engaging, social, rewarding, and energising with personal boundries often re-shaped. Many link their Challenge with fundraising for a charity of their choice; so far the Series has helped raise over £25 million for good causes.

Ultras are the New Marathons – Push Yourself Further and support your chosen charity at the same time!

This year Release was promoting five challenges but now we are down to THREE for you to choose from:

June 27: COTSWOLD WAY CHALLENGE (Bath – Cheltenham)

July 4: PEAK DISTRICT CHALLENGE (Bakewell – Bakewell)

Unfortunately the COTSWOLD WAY CHALLENGE and PEAK DISTRICT CHALLENGE have both been cancelled because of the coronavirus restrictions. Please consider the other challenges that are being organised for later this year. Thank you for your interest in fundraising for Release International!

August 29: SOUTH COAST CHALLENGE (Eastbourne – Arundell)

September 9: THAMES PATH CHALLENGE (Putney – Henley)

September 9: THAMES BRIDGES TREK (Putney Bridge – Tower Bridge, 16 bridges in all)

All the details can be found below. Click to expand…

SOUTH COAST CHALLENGE

Saturday 29th August | 12.00am

Take on some of England’s finest scenery as a Walk, Jog, or a Run! An Eastbourne start, up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the famous South Downs Way National Trail with stunning views over the sea to a Brighton mid-point.

Devil’s Dyke, welcome rest stops, a few ups & downs all lie ahead before historic Arundel comes into view after an 100km amazing journey.

You will get full support and hospitality all the way from our team – and with half and quarter distance options also – there’s a challenge here for everyone!

Read more here

THAMES BRIDGES TREK

Saturday 12th September | 12.00am

Join 2000 trekkers as we venture across the Capital taking in unrivalled views of the skyline from its best vantage points.

Setting out from Putney Bridge – it’s East towards the City, zig-zagging over the array of historic bridges – each with its own fascinating story – and a mid point stop at Kennington Oval for some snacks & drinks.

25km later, it’s a finish line celebration in Southwark past the majestic Tower Bridge.

Read more here

THAMES PATH CHALLENGE

Saturday 12th September | 12.00am

Take on the Thames Path Challenge following England’s greatest river – most will walk, many will jog, some will run, and all will have a special reason to push themselves. Our full 100km route heads upstream from Putney Bridge past Hampton Court to Runnymede of Magna Carta fame at 50km, then on past wonderful scenery all the way to Henley.

Read more here

And if you don’t fancy any of these challenges then why not have a look at the Ultra Challenge website where there are other challenges to choose from. Let us know if you would like to do one (or more!) of these other challenges and we will add your challenge to our list of promoted challenges above.

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