Windsor Ultra 2020

Enviromental Policy Update:

Please note that ALL our races are now cup-free which means we will not be supplying cups and you will need to bring your own. We will provide water and squash dispensers and cola bottles for you to pour into your own cup.

Very soon we will have our own branded foldable and reusable cups for sale in our web-shop. You can either get these posted out to you in advance or collect them at registration on race day.

Saturday 8th August 2020 – 47 miles

2017 Overall Champion Leigh Clark

Competitors for the Windsor Ultra must arrive for registration and equipment checks, between 7.00am and 7.30am on Saturday 8th August 2020. Race start for the event will be 8.00am, following a race brief. Full details of options for getting to the race start at Henley will be provided later, but all competitors must be self-sufficient in this respect.

From Henley continue down river to Seven Corner Alley and Marlow Lock.
At Cookham Bridge leave the river briefly, into the village and onto the open common, Cookham Moor. Returning to the river at Formosa Place and taking the river crossing at Maidenhead Bridge. Under the M4 motorway bridge and continue into the field of Dorney, Thames Field.

Several meanders more, taking in Boveney Lock, the Windsor Racecourse and the bathing places for the school boys of Eton.

Enter Brocas Meadow, with Windsor Castle in full view, over Windsor Bridge. Continue through Runnymede, Bellweir lock, Staines Bridge and the intake to the vast Queen Mary Reservoir.

Past Shepperton Lock, along Walton Lane, through Teddington continue on to Albany Canoe & Sailing Centre which is Camp-Site Three for Thames Challenge competitors, or the conclusion of The Windsor Ultra.

For the Windsor Ultra “Hall of Fame” click HERE

For Race Results click HERE

For Race Photos click HERE

Click here for Route Directions for Stage 3  of the Thames Challenge / Windsor Ultra
Click here for Check-point Maps & gpx for this stage

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 Windsor Ultra is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to individuals who must achieve a minimum 4mph pace. Below 4mph you will not be allowed to continue and stopped at the first available check-point. All entrants must be 20 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 8.00am.

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 their route
d. Compass or GPS device
e. Whistle
f. Mobile phone
g. First Aid Kit

 

Checkpoints and Water Stations

The Windsor Ultra benefits from three check point stations which are at pre-determined points along the route. The race organisers will provide water and some nutritional nibbles at these check points.

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 each competitors Bib number.

Time Restraints

The Windsor 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 based on a minimum of 4mph along the route. 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.

Accommodation

Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £30.00 per person, which includes pitch cost and tent hire. It is requested that all of these facilities and the Windsor 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 – £75.00 / person

Cancellation

Entries are on a non-refundable basis. However you can choose to defer your entry until the following year (providing you are not within 4 weeks of the event) by selecting that option through the booking process. This costs £15.00. Cancellations within four weeks of the event cannot be deferred.

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

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All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and a T-Shirt. The illustration shows all four medals from the entire Thames Challenge. Competitors for this event, the Windsor Ultra, will only receive the Windsor Ultra medal on completeion of the days event. The medal depicts the Thames route to scale, and when all four medals are joined up you can see the full Thames route to scale from Source to Mouth.

Trophies for

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

The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.