Oxford Ultra 2020

Oxford Ultra 2020

Total distance – 65.7 miles
Total ascent – 293 metres
Total descent – 328 metres

Friday 7th August 2020 – 61 miles

Melissa & Justin Montague 2019 Champions

Competitors joining the race at this stage for the Oxford Ultra must arrive for registration and equipment checks, between 7.00am and 7.30 am on Friday 7th August 2020. Race start will be 8.00 am, following a race brief. The race starts from the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe.

From the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe, the path leaves the river here for a while, returning at Skinner’s Weir and along to Pinkhill Weir. Between Wytham Great Wood and the Thames, the path leads on to Oxford’s edge, the spectacular Sandford Weir and then Culham and Cholsey.

A departure from the river bank brings us through Moulsford, but soon returns, going past Streatley and Whitchurch-on-Thames. A short deviation through the town of Purley Park, past Tilehurst, Reading, finally arriving at the Eyot Centre in Henley-on-Thames which is Camp-Site Two for Thames Challenge competitors, or the conclusion of The Oxford Ultra.

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The Oxford Ultra benefits from five check-points; all of which will provide water and some nutrition.

See Route Directions for stage 2 of the Thames Challenge / Oxford Ultra
See Check Point Maps & gpx for this stage

Oxford Ultra Race Rule.

The length of the course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.

The Event

The Oxford Ultra is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to runners who must maintain a minimum speed of 4 mph. All entrants must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race.
Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.

Race Entries

Competitors must register at the start location at least one hour before the start of the race and present their kit for examination on request. Race start is 8.00 am.

Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins to the front chest. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints.

Competitors must be self-sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:

a. Backpack or equivalent
b. Head Torch with spare batteries
c. OS Map for the route (our maps are fine)
d. Compass or GPS device
e. Whistle
f. Mobile phone
h. First Aid Kit

Checkpoints and Water Stations

The Oxford Way Ultra benefits from five checkpoints at pre-determined points along the race. These checkpoints will provide water and some nutrition.

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; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.

Any competitor found to not follow the pre-determined race route will be disqualified.

Competitor Retirement

If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or telephoning the emergency number given at the start of the race. The emergency number is also written on each competitors Bib number.

Time Restraints

The Oxford Ultra is incredibly demanding and few athletes will have the fitness or resolve to complete the course. As such Ultra Running will pre-set cut-off times along the route to achieve a minimum 4 mph average pace. In addition, if Ultra Running or any of its representatives deem for any reason that a competitor should not continue, Ultra Running Limited’s decision will be final.


Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £25.00 per person or £40.00 to include an evening meal and breakfast. This includes pitch cost and tent hire. It is requested that all of these facilities and the Oxford Ultra route itself, are respected and kept litter free by all competitors, family, friends or anybody else with an association with the race.

The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost at any of the camp locations for any family member or supporter who wishes to attend the event.

Registration & Entry Fees

Run for FREE – Raise an agreed amount of money for our preferred charity and you can run for free, please ask for more information.

  • Individual – £85.00 / person

To complete entry into the Oxford Ultra

The applicant must submit the following documents

a. Online registration form
b. Full payment (see above) payable to ‘Ultra Running Limited’


  • e-mailed photograph of competitor which may be uplifted onto the site for promotional reasons.
  • Brief description of your reasons for doing the event which may be uplifted onto the site for promotional reasons.

Photo coverage

Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of its events. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.

Finisher Medals & Trophies

The medal illustrations show each of the four days medals. For the Oxford Ultra competitors only the Oxford Ultra medal is available to finishers of this event. As you can see, when all medals are combined they create an exact scaled route of the Thames route. Individual day medals show the route covered of that particular day.


All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and a T-Shirt.

Trophies for

  • Men’s & Ladies individual winners
  • Men’s & Ladies individual veteran winners (55 years)

Terms and Conditions: Please ensure you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions before entering.