The Severn Challenge 2022

19th May – 23rd May 2022

218 miles

Fancy the “DOUBLE” ? – Take on and complete the Thames Challenge and the Severn Challenge in the same year to be awarded the “Severn & Thames Buckle”

Race Overview
Utilising the longest riverside path in Britain, the ‘Severn Challenge’ takes you along 210 miles of path, from the source of Afon Hafren (Welsh for River Severn) to the mouth of the River Severn. Added to this the four mile trek to reach the ‘source’, the ‘Severn Challenge’ commands an impressive distance of 218 miles. Conditions vary each year, and although the run stays on the Severn Way Footpath, some paths / fields can be overgrown in places making the race even more of a challenge.

The ‘Severn Challenge’ is split into five stages, over a five day period. Within the five stages are five unique races in their own right, with each day having a bespoke finisher medal. Complete all five stages and you get all five medals, which are designed as a jigsaw and will replicate a precise miniature scale of the route. In addition any competitor completing the ‘Severn Challenge’ in less than thirty-six hours will receive the ‘soon to be coveted’ ‘Severn Challenge’ jacket.

The Severn Challenge is without doubt one of the toughest races in the UK. Over the last seven years the finisher rate is around 26%. Compare those statistics with other events that promote themselves as “the toughest” and then decide if this is for you.

Please add yourself to our Severn & Thames Challenge Facebook Group to ask any questions about the challenge.

The Hall of Fame – Gallery of previous finishers and times

  • Stage 1 (26 miles) – The Hafren (10:30 start from Rhyd-y-benwych picnic area)
  • Stage 2 (45 miles) – The Severn Plod Ultra (07:30 start)
  • Stage 3 (60 miles) – The Severn Path Ultra (07:30 start)
  • Stage 4 (60 miles) – The Severn Way Ultra (07:30 start)
  • Stage 5 (27 miles) – Bristol Severn (07:30 start)

Total race distance 218 miles

Event Options and fees:

All deposits and payments are on a non refundable basis.

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.

You can defer your entry until the following year through the entry system for just £15.00. Deferral is not allowed if you are within four weeks of the event.

It is the responsibility of each competitor to make their own arrangements to get to the start at Rhyd-y-benwych and from the finish at Severn Beach.

Full Severn Challenge entries

  • Standard Solo – £525.00 (includes camping facilities and all food).

Source of ‘7’ to Top Barn Camping

  • Standard Solo – £350.00 (includes camping facilities and all food).

Top Barn Camping to the ‘Mouth’ of the Severn

  • Standard Solo – £255.00 (includes camping facilities and all food.

Take on the DOUBLE – enter both the Thames Challenge and the Severn Challenge (both events in the same calendar year) at a discounted rate of £875.00

The event can also be split into single day entries (you can book as many of the single days as you like to make your own Ultra distance) See links for individual events below. Single days do not include transfers, camping, or hot food at the finish.

For 2021 places for The Severn Challenge are limited to 20 and we advise anybody who has an interest to secure their place by booking early. Instalment options are available, please email for more information.

It is important to note that deposits will not be refunded and failure to make an instalment  payment on or before the due date will render the entry place forfeited and we will offer the place to a competitor on the waiting list. These terms are non-negotiable.

What is included in the cost?

Ultra Running Ltd provides camping facilities at the end of Stage 1,2, 3, and 4. Tents are included and will be set up ready for your arrival in to camp (You will need your own mat and sleeping bag). Please note that camping facilities are not provided for the end of the race.

Solo tents are provided, you do not share.
It is requested that all camping facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor. Abuse of facilities (as deemed by Ultra Running Ltd) will result in removal and disqualification from the race. The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost, for any runner, family member or supporter who wishes to attend any or all of the events.

Please Note:

  1. Camp Site 1, 2 and 3: Showers facilities are provided.
  2. Camp Site 4: There are NO shower facilities.


(Note: The calorific value of URL food provided per day exceeds 3,000 K cal)

  • End of Day 1 – Fish & Chips, Rice Pudding.
  • End of Day 2 – Pub Bar Meal such as Chilli.
  • End of Day 3 – Lasagne or Pasta meal.
  • End of Day 4 – Chinese
  • End of Day 5 – Returning to Little Bowbrook for presentations and food.

Kit transfer
Our support vehicle will assist in the transferring of one cabin sized kit bag per competitor to the following days Camp Facility; Although this is only done with the acceptance by the competitor that they take sole responsibility for these items whilst in transit, and by requesting this service, automatically indemnify Ultra Running Ltd or any of its employees in liability for any loss or damage in transit whatsoever.

Facilities for charging of Garmin’s etc at camp-sites.

Check-Point Food
Example items which may change are – Malt loaf, cake, jam, peanut butter, cheese or marmite sandwiches, sweets, squash and coke. We would ask however that you do not rely on these alone and take only what you need with consideration for the other runners still to come in to the checkpoints.

Entry and logistics
‘Severn Challenge’ competitors are required to arrive at Rhyd-y-benwych for 10:00 to allow time for a race brief and photographs. Competitors must be self sufficient in their travel arrangements to the race start location and also on completion of the race.

Race Presentations
Severn Challenge Trophy presentations will take place at the finish of the race.

Finishers Medals and Trophies
All Severn Challenge Finishers will receive:

  • Five Bespoke medals, one for each day of the challenge.
  • A Bespoke technical Severn Challenge T-Shirt
  • Every Finisher gets the same size Trophy.

Hiring of GPS equipment
As with all of Ultra Running Ltd Events, entrants have the facility to hire out a Garmin for the duration of the race should they wish to do so at a nominal fee. For more information please click HERE

Navigation & Maps
Link to Maps / GPS / Route Instruction can be found HERE

By signing up to one of Ultra Running Ltd events you agree to abide by our general race rules which you can find HERE.

Time Restrictions
It is imperative that entrants achieve a minimum of 4 mph (including stops etc). If you fall below this minimum requirement you will get pulled out of the race and not be allowed to continue any further with the Severn Challenge. This isn’t debatable.

Previous Years  Results:

The Severn Challenge results can be found here

Severn Challenge Finishers of 2018 – Sarah & Michael:

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