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COVID - 19 update - 02/04/20 -Hi all with UKA extending the current ban on events till the end of May today we thought we would give you a quick update.

Our next event is not till early June (SBYU) so unless this guidance changes again we will continue to plan for the event going ahead.

If the guidance changes and we are unable to hold the event we will implement one of the following options.

1) Postpone till next year carrying all places over at no cost to anyone. Offer a 60% refund to all who need it and can't make the new date.

2) Postpone till later in the year with all entries carrying over at no cost and the same 60% refund option for those that need it. This is our preffered option andf we have alternative dates planned with the park already, we are prepared for any eventuality should it arise.

We will of course review this over the coming weeks with no final decision made until at least early May time. We need to give UKA and the Government's actions time to take effect and if we are lucky we can get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.

Please follow the current guidance and restrictions so we can get back to our running ASAP. Enjoy what running you can do over the next few weeks. An hour a day on a short say 4 mile loop is perfect training for SBYU!

Lindley and Maxine 

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Welcome to Challenge Running.


We organise Trail Races, Walking Trips, Coaching and First Aid Training and cover at events.


For Races Click the picture links below.


They are listed in date order throughout the year.




New Year's Eve Marathon and Half Marathon

See out the last day of the year by running a flat fast local half or full Marathon on the Flitch Way in Braintree. 

Run on a disused railway line now turned into a country park, signed and traffic free.

December 31st

New Year's Day Marathon and 10k

See in the first day of the year by running a flat fast local Marathon or 10k on the Flitch Way in Braintree. 

Run on a disused railway line now turned into a country park, signed and traffic free.

January 1st

Flitch 12 hour

Fast flat hard trail 5k out, 5k back trail loop on the Flitch way a disused railway line in Braintree in Essex. 

Do as many loops as you can in 12 hours, splits at 50k, 100k and 12 hours. Great for fast qualifying times for Spartathlon.

January 26th 2020

St Peters Way Ultra

Stunning 43 mile trail race through historic Essex from the ancient market town of Chipping ongar out to one of the oldest Chapels in the UK at St Peters-on-the-wall in Bradwell on the Essex coast. Built in 653AD


February 28th 2021

Monarchs Way Ultra

Britaiin's longest non stop race, 615 miles following the escape route of Charles the second in 1651.

Stunning scenery through England's most stunning countryside ove 2 weeks. An adventure challenge more than a race.

15th of May 2021

Suffolk Back Yard Ultra

4.17 miles every hour on the hour untill only one remains. Can you be the last one standing?

Guaranteed Golden Coin entry into the 2020 Big's Bag Yard Ultra in the USA

Essex 100/50/30

Fast and flat out and back looped 100 miler with options to do 50 or 30 miles.

Great support, no navigation and not compulsory kit. 

Perfect for a 1st ultra or 100 mile race. 



British Trail Running Championships event.

30 flat and fast trail miles out and back along the stunnning river Stort.

Great support, stunning route and amazing medal ans prizes. 

New Race 2020

A 150 mile epic low key race.

Details to be revealed in December 2019



2-4th of Oct 2020

Thames Ring 250

The Iconic 250 mile race around the Thames, Grand Union and Oxford Canals from Goring-on-Thames.

The 1st race of its kind and distance, the one that started it all. 

250 miles, 100 Hours on Two Feet


June 23rd-27th 2021

First Aid

Event cover for sports or social events.


Training for individuals and groups and bespoke training for running clubs etc.


Please visit our First Aid Website Via the button below.

Walking Trips Navigation Training 

Walking Trip, Mountain Leading and bespoke trips as well as navigation training for individuals and group can be arranged. 

Have a look at our Walking Website via the button below


We do online coaching and advice for runners including kit advice and navigation training. Get in touch if you are interested.

Contact us

Get in touch about anything


We always need volunteers for upcoming events and would not have such great events without your support. Please get in touch if you want to volunteer for us.

Trail Team

We have a small team of sponsored and supported runners.