The Richmond Ultra 2022

Date: 14th August 2022.


Rebecca Porter and Thomas Ertman. 2017 Champions

The Richmond Ultra starts from Albany Canoe & Sailing Centre (KT2 5SL) and is also the final race day of The Thames Challenge and will start at 8.00 am, following a race brief.

Continue past Richmond Lock, Kew Palace, and then a whole host of famous bridges: Chiswick Bridge, Barnes Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridges.

Wandsworth Bridge, Chelsea Harbour Pier, Battersea Bridge, Albert Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, Grosvenor Bridge, Vauxhall Bridge and Lambeth Bridge.

Westminster Bridge, Hungerford Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Southwark Bridge, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, through to the races ultimate location The Thames Barrier.
This stage also benefits from two check-points. Water and nutritional nibbles will be available.

For the Richmond Ultra “Hall of Fame” just click the link.

See Route Directions for Richmond Ultra / Stage Four of the Thames Challenge
See Check-point Maps for this stage
For Race photos click HERE

The Richmond Ultra Race Rules

This section of the Thames Challenge has Thames Path signs on both sides of the river, so it is important you follow the designated route as indicated on our maps and written directions. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.

The Event

The Richmond Ultra is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to runners who need to achieve a minimum of 4 mph. Below this you will not be allowed to continue through a check-point. 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. Registration opens at 7.00am and closes at 7.30 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. OS Map for their route
c. Mobile phone
d. re-usable cup for CP Stations

Checkpoints and Water Stations

The Richmond Ultra benefits from two CP Stations, both providing water and some nutrition. Our races are now cup-free so please remember to bring your own reusable cup.

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 will also be written on the front of each competitors race Bib.


Time Restraints

The Richmond Ultra will have pre-set cut-off times along the route, allowing an average minimum pace of 4 mph. 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.


It is each competitors sole responsibility to organise transport to the start and from the finish.

Registration & Entry Fees

All deposits and payments are on a non refundable basis.

  • Individual – £80.00 / person

To complete entry into The Richmond Ultra the applicant must submit the following documents

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

Personal Cancellation Insurance.

You are now able to add a Personal Cancellation Insurance Policy at the time of your booking. The policy is provided through Event Protect Limited. Please review what is covered under the policy here.


  • 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

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and a T-Shirt. Competitors of the Richmond Ultra will only receive the Richmond Ultra medal on completion, the other three medals are for illustrative purposes only. Each medal shows to scale the Thames route taken on the particular day. Combined, all four medals show the entire Thames route from Source to Mouth.

Trophies for

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

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