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Thames Path Challenge 2017 - 25km, 50km or 100km

  • 09 September 2017 to 10 Sep 2017
  • Putney Bridge (start)

Event Overview

Walk, run or jog!

The Thames Path Challenge is unique. Following a route steeped in history a trek past some of London’s most iconic spots lies ahead. With a number of different challenges available there really is something for everyone. Whichever distance you choose, and however you take it on, your challenge will be a test of stamina and determination; you will be fully supported all the way and rewarded with an amazing sense of achievement.

Most will walk at their own pace, many will jog parts and others will run the full distance. You will get full support the whole way, with marquee rest stops, free food/ drinks, medics/ massages and great hospitality. As you cross the finish line we, along with spectators and the Ultra Challenge team, will be there to celebrate your achievement, award your medal and hand you a well-deserved glass of bubbly.

With the right support and encouragement people can achieve great things, that’s why when you sign up to this event your entry includes:

• Full Challenge (100km) 24+ hours

• Half Challenge (53km)

• Quarter option (25km)

• Regular covered rest stops

• Free drinks, snacks and hot meals

• Free energy gels & energy drinks

• Fully signed and marshalled routes

• Free Baggage Transfers (30 L rucksack MAX)

• First class medical care throughout

• Free massage and injury support at main rest points

• Medal, T Shirt and a glass of bubbles when you finish

• Specialised runner warm up and stretch at the start line

• Support vehicles on hand throughout event

• Timing chips & timing website for friends / family to track you

You pay an initial registration fee online which is payable per person for individuals and each team member. This secures your place and is non-refundable, and then you pledge a minimum sponsorship target for Cats Protection.

· Full Challenge

• £56 Registration Fee

• £395 Minimum Sponsorship Target

· Half Challenge

• £40 Registration Fee

• £275 Minimum Sponsorship Target

· Quarter Challenge

• £32 Registration Fee

• £150 Minimum Sponsorship Target

We will provide you with full support and ideas to ensure you feel confident in raising the pledged minimum. You are able to nominate a local branch or centre to receive your support if you wish.

We understand the commitment, courage and thought that goes into participating in a challenge event on behalf of Cats Protection and promise we will do our very best to give you all the help and support you need to have a successful challenge and raise lots of much-needed funds to help us care for cats and kittens.


We arrived at Hurst Park near Hampton Court Palace at 11am ready for our 25km trek. It was grey, wet and miserable! We knew this would be a challenge to keep motivated along the way. As we rounded the trees, two huge marquees with buzzing music, an inflatable start line and hundreds of people came in to view. It was just the jolly up we needed. There was plenty of food and hot drinks which kept us warm until our midday start time. And we were off…

Despite the miserable grey day the views along the Thames Path were absolutely breath-taking, let alone the stunning properties and gardens which lined the banks of the river. There were rowers, kayakers, fishermen and walkers to say a friendly hello to or give us a wave of support. The atmosphere was amazing and we met some fantastic fellow fundraisers. There was even one lovely gentleman in the rain in his garden giving people a warm drink as we passed.

We felt a little lazy watching the walkers and runners going past with 50 or 100km on their numbers but 25km was enough of a challenge for the two of us, my dad in his 60s and me a novice trekker. I can honestly say I loved it and I am signing up for the sister event The South Coast challenge next year! Will you join me? 

Rebecca (and her Dad)