The Thames Path Challenge

Sunday 12 September 2021

Challenge Details

  • Early start
  • Three distances to choose from: 28km start at Runneymede and finish at Cookham
  • 22km Cookham to Henley
  • Full 50km Runnymede to Henley
  • Fully supported, run, walk or jog

England’s greatest river provides a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable Challenge. More than 3,000 adventurers will join you for this beautiful route that heads upstream all the way to Henley along the famous Thames Towpath. Through some wonderful historic scenery en-route to a riverside finish line, you’ll get full support and hospitality all the way and enjoy being part of a much bigger adventure.

Most will walk, many will jog, some will run, but all will have a special reason to push themselves. You can join as an individual or gather together your own team, but be part of #TeamNorwood and wear your Norwood T-shirt with pride, knowing that you will helping us to support children, families and people of any age with learning disabilities or autism to overcome challenges of their own.

Find out more about the event click here

What’s included:

  • Half or quarter Challenge options
  • Rest stops with free food and drink
  • Medics, massage, and pace walkers
  • Medal, T-shirt and glass of bubbly!
  • Pre-event training support + app

What’s not included:

  • Travel to and from your start point
  • Any personal expenses

What are the costs and the fundraising options? The costs and fundraising options vary depending on which distance you choose, but full details can be found here. In summary, you can choose one of three options:

1. Charity sponsorship – you pay a small registration fee, do lots of fundraising and we cover the cost of your event place!

2. Mixed funding – pay half of the event place cost yourself, fundraise a bit less and we pay the balance of the event place cost.

3. Self fund – you pay the full cost of the event place – fundraise whatever you want, with no set target or deadline, and there’s no cost at all to the charity!


How challenging is it?

This is a moderate physical Challenge requiring stamina, good health and a good level of general fitness. You should be used to regular cycles of up to 6+ hours in the saddle and should factor in plenty of endurance training to maintain the distances required over consecutive days. While not technically difficult, the route has been designed to be challenging – but achievable – with some regular training.

Please note this event is organised by Action Challenge and you will be required to agree to their own terms and conditions. Participants raising funds for Norwood will be joined by others, raising money for different charities.