Ultra Challenge Series

Ultra Challenge

With challenges to suit everyone and a variety of stunning locations, Ultra Challenges are a great way to push yourself while raising vital funds for MS.

About the Ultra Challenge Series

The Ultra Challenge series allows you to take on the perfect challenge for you in a choice of stunning locations across the UK. Some have stunning coastal paths, others have up’s & down’s with rolling hills, and a few are on historic trails.

With 15 different events, each with several different length options, these are a great way to challenge yourself while helping to raise vital funds for the MS Trust. There are also several fundraising options available making this a great way to support the MS Trust in a way that suits you. 

Other Ultra Challenges

There are many more Ultra Challenges to take part in so have a look below and follow the links to find out more information. 

Easter 50 Challenge - 6 April 2024

From the Windsor Racecourse basecamp, you can Walk, Jog or Run looped routes through the Great Park with fantastic Castle views, along the Thames Path, and enjoy some wonderful surrounding countryside. 50km or 25km routes are available. 

Find out more about the Easter 50 challenge

Isle of Wight Challenge - 4-5 May 2024

Set out along the spectacular southern cliffs, past the iconic Needles and up to Cowes at the half way point. Then on to historic Ventnor, before the finish in Chale. 106km or 1/2 & 1/4 island options.

Find out more about the Isle of Wight Challenge

London 2 Brighton Challenge - 25-26 May 2024

Take on the Capital to Coast route as this event celebrates its 10th year. Start from Richmond-Upon-Thames, over the North Downs with wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside to half way at Turners Hill. The full 100km route then heads over the South Downs before reaching the Brighton coastline. 100km or 1/2 & 1/4 distance options.

Find out more about the London to Brighton Challenge

Cotswold Way Challenge - 22-23 June 2024

Setting off from Cirencester, the 100km looped route through the heart of the Cotswolds provides a stunning setting. There are rolling hills, villages, the magical Cotswold Way, footpaths & trails, with fabulous views en route and a few tough hills in between! 100km, 50km & 25km challenge options.

Find out more about the Cotswold Way Challenge

Peak District Challenge - 6-7 July 2024

Starting from idyllic Bakewell, test yourself in the fabulous Peak District National Park. The full 100km challenge takes a tough and varied figure of 8 route through Derbyshire's finest scenery and the half & quarter distance options also pass Chatsworth House.

Find out more about the Peak District Challenge

South West Coast 50 Challenge - 3 August 2024

From basecamp in the shadow of the imposing Dunster Castle, the route takes in the 1st section of the 630 mile SW Coastal Path – from its official Minehead start to Porlock, with fantastic views out towards S.Wales. Then it’s up & over Exmoor via Dunkery Beacon as we head back around to basecamp after an unforgettable 50 km and 1600 metres of climb. With camping options, BBQ, bar, entertainment & beaches nearby, it’s a summer festival not to miss! There are 50km, 25km and 10km routes to choose from. 

Find out more about the South West Coast 50 Challenge

Fundraising for the MS Trust

We understand that fundraising can sometimes be just as much of a challenge as the event itself, but our dedicated fundraising team will be there to support you every step of the way. We will be there to get you started with our brilliant fundraising pack and will be in regular contact with support, advice and ideas. 

As a MS Trust fundraiser you will also receive a free MS Trust branded t-shirt for you to wear as you train and during the event itself. 

We recommend that our fundraisers use Just Giving to collect sponsorship online. It is quick to set up and you can easily share your page with friends, family, and colleagues to reach your fundraising goals. Plus, everything is seamless. The money you raise, as well as Gift Aid, is sent straight to us as the MS Trust so that's one less thing to worry about! You can kickstart your fundraising on Just Giving here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take part if I have MS?

Many people with MS take part in Ultra Challenges without any problems, but this can be a physically demanding event so you do need to be generally fit and have a good level of mobility. If an Ultra Challenge isn't for you, perhaps you might be interested in one of our other events such as Miles for MS

What if I don't reach my fundraising target?

We'll keep in touch in the run up to your event and so if it looks like you might need to give your fundraising an extra boost, or if you might need some more time after the challenge to reach your target, we'll be there to help. We can discuss different tips to boost your fundraising or even maybe help you to plan an event. 

There is a minimum sponsorship amount as we have to pay the costs of your place from what you raise in advance of the challenge. You'll have to have raised 50% of your target 3 weeks before the challenge weekend and we know that it can sometimes be tough to raise this much so far before your challenge starts. That's why we'll help get your fundraising going right from the moment you register. We'll never suddenly turn around and expect you to have raised the money. 

What different fundraising options are there?

There are three different fundraising options for these events:

1) Full charity sponsorship option - pay a small registration fee and then fundraise with a set target for the MS Trust (we'll cover the rest of the cost of your place)

2) Mixed funding option - pay for half your place cost and fundraise with a smaller target for the MS Trust (we'll pay half of your place cost)

3) Self funding option - pay for your place and then fundraise whatever you can for the MS Trust with no set target (we won't pay anything)

Exact fundraising targets and registration fees depend on the distance chosen and can be found by following the link for each event. 

Is there a minimum age?

You must be 18 or over for a Full Challenge (~100km); 16+ and accompanied by an adult for a Half Challenge (~50km ); 14+ and accompanied by an adult for a Quarter Challenge (~25km) or Marathon); for a Half Marathon aged 12+ and accompanied by an adult; and finally 8+ & accompanied by an adult for a 10km/mile Challenge.

Under 18s taking part must be signed up by someone over 18. 

Get in touch

For more information about taking part in the Ultra Challenge events on behalf of the MS Trust, or to find out about events happening later in 2024, please email our fundraising team on fundraising@mstrust.org.uk or call us on 01462 476707.

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