The 2021 event will take place over the 8th-9th May 2021.
With 1900 feet of total gain over the full 100 miles, major elevation change is removed as an obstacle. The only significant ascents are between Whitchurch and Streatley (short trail climb) and short ramps or flights of stairs used to cross bridges from one side of the river to the other, but these are few and far between and it is rare that they are longer than 20 to 30 steps. The flat nature of the course also presents it's own challenges with many runners unused to such a minimal amount of elevation change and the repetition thus required.
In terms of terrain, roughly 75% of each course is on trail and around 25% on sections where the Thames Path has been paved or exists as tarmac road. If it is wet in the lead up to the race or on race weekend itself, some sections will become muddy and require due care and attention. Expect a mixture of road, pavement, hard packed mud and soft mud if it is wet. It is always possible that the river may be in flood in which case the situation will be monitored closely in the lead up to the race and necessary course changes communicated to competitors.
Weather in May in the UK can be changeable and runners must carry the mandatory items/ be prepared for the conditions to be very hot, or be very poor or deteriorate quickly.
It gets very cold alongside the river at night.
Principally you get a fully supported race including:
13 fully stocked aid stations including hot food and drinks at multiple points
A marked course
Full Medical Support in the form of dedicated race ambulances and roving vehicles as well as static first aid teams
Live timings throughout the race for friends and family to follow your progress
Live tracking - each runner will carry a tracker with them and their position shown at all times
For Finishers Only
A technical finisher t-shirt
General Entries are limited to the first 400 applicants. There will be no waiting list for this event. An additional 60 places exist for the 2020 Volunteers.
In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a 50 mile distance race within 15hrs (or one of other standards listed at the below link), between 1st January 2017 and race day. As organisers, we reserve the right to refuse anybody entry who does not meet this standard. Unqualified runners may enter but will be contacted approximately 8 weeks prior to race to verify qualification plans if they have not updated their online information by this time.
Click here to read more about what counts as a qualifier
Once registered, you may update your qualification information by heading back through your confirmation email or logging on to racedirector.com via this link.
Live tracking is available for all runners at every stage of the race. A link will appear on the home page just prior to race day.
Absolutely yes. Whilst the Thames Path is predominantly trail, some of it is on road. There are sections of the course where you will be running along and across both single and double lane carriage ways. The majority of these are very quiet country roads, however the trail does appear at busy road junctions, at some points abruptly and therefore you must be alert at all times. Runners pass along the course entirely at their own risk. Much of the Thames Path is on private land and as a result there are gates and stiles to negotiate throughout the length of the course. All gates must be closed properly after you make your way through.
Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. There will be kit checks prior during and after the race. A time penalty of one hour will be imposed for any item found to be missing at any point on course
Recommendations for each of the mandatory kit items below can be found in the mandatory gear section of our online store which cane be found by clicking here.
Strongly recommended but not mandatory
Race HQ will sbe at Richmond Old Town Road, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, London, TW9 1TP. Race start is at the Town Hall. For details of location, transport and accommodation, please refer to the Travel and Accom tab.
The finish location is Queen's College Recreation Ground just a few hundred yards from the city centre. Runners will turn left off of the Thames Path just before the Head of the River Pub which looms over the Thames Path from Oxford City Centre, and turn directly in to the finishing chute in front of the pavilion. We are very privileged to be allowed to finish in the grounds of Oxford University.
For all details of where to park please see the Travel and Accom tab.
Start: Toilets, Water,
Finish: On Site Parking, Toilets, Free Hot Food and Drinks (Runners only and includes vegetarian and vegan options).
There are NO sleeping facilities at the start or finish.
For 2021 we will have a rolling start window of 0700-0930. Your race number will be posted to you before race day. You will need to collect your tracker on race morning.
Start times are also on the Schedule tab.
Runners are permitted pacers from the 51 mile point at Henley, but only one pacer can travel with a runner at any time. Handovers are permitted. Pacers must accompany runners ON FOOT only. Pacers may join runners only at designated crew meeting points.
Runners are limited to a maximum of 2 crew people and/or 2 vehicles at any one time on course. Eg. Runner may have two members from their household/ bubble in one vehicle, or two separate crew people each driving one vehicle each.. The points at which a runner may be crewed are listed on the crew page here. Crews/ Pacers/ Supporters are not be permitted meet their runner at any point other than those listed.
Our race permits and the future of the race depend on our positive interaction with the environment and communities through which we run. Any runner found to have crew violating this will be subject to the rule violation procedure.
NOTE: The reason for restricting access to certain points, is predominantly parking and noise limitations, hence supporting is as much of an issue in sensitive areas as crewing.
Yes. Runners need to leave a different drop bag for both Henley and Streatley, each bag will be transported to the aid station listed and then to the finish line only. The exception to this is the finish line bag. Each runner may have one bag to be taken directly to the finish line for them.
Maximum size is 30cm x 20cm x 20cm or the size of a shoe box/ small backpack/ drawstring bag. DO NOT USE PAPER OR SHOE BOXES AS DROP BAGS. These can get wet and fall apart.
Yes, please deposit these at registration labelled with your name and race bib number. Your finish line bag may be a maximum of 50 litres in size. NO suitcases will be permitted.
When can I pick my drop bags up?
Drop Bags must be deposited at the race start between 0700 and 0930 on race morning. Drop bags will be accessible at the following points and will be available for collection between 1000 and 1330 at the finish line. Runners need to leave a different drop bag for each aid station, each bag will be transported to the aid station listed and then the finish. Finish line bags will be taken directly to the finish only. Drop bags must NOT exceed 45cm x 25cm x 25cm in size ie. the size of a large shoe box for any one aid station
Carrying a map is not mandatory, but it is strongly advised. We recommend the Harveys Map which is concise, easy to read and waterproof and is available here.
There will be toilets at the start and at the finish line. There are numerous public toilets on the Thames Path, and the following check points also have facilities: Wraysbury, Henley (short walk from the aid station), Reading, Whitchurch, Streatley, Wallingford, Clifton Hampden. If you need to answer a call of nature whilst on the route you must make sure you try to use public facilities. Alternatively go as far off of the marked trails as you can, under cover of foliage and out of sight of residents.
All finishers will receive a a technical finishers shirt and a buckle. Finishers of the TP100 in under 24 hours will receive a special '100 miles - One Day' Buckle. All finishers between 24:00:01 and 27:59:59 hours will receive a '100 miles - Finisher' buckle. The male and female winners will each take home the Centurion Trophy.
Further Prizes will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd Placed Male and Female. Age Group Prizes will be awarded for 1st Male and Female Vet40, 50, 60 and 70.
If you need to drop out of the race, it is your responsibility to get back to where you need to get to but we will endeavor to help you as much as we can. If you have to drop please do so only at an aid station. Please inform the aid station captain on arrival that you intend to drop and whether you need assistance. If you need to drop out away from an aid station for medical reasons you must phone the race director immediately on the number provided at check in. If you drop at an aid station, the Aid Station Captains will inform you what time the shuttle bus will come through. You may have to wait some considerable time so please be patient with the volunteers. If it is imperative that you get away immediately you will be given other options involving local transport services.
All aid stations will have a full selection of the usual aid station fare and a whole lot more. At a minimum you will be able to pick up Water, Coke, Gu Energy Gels, Tailwind, Chocolate, Crips, Nuts, and other sweet and savoury snacks. Hot drinks will be available at all aid stations from Hurley onwards.
Medical support is of paramount importance to us as organisers. Throughout the event there will be two ambulances on course, which will travel, one with the main group of runners and a second towards the back of the pack. There will also be a fixed medical team on hand at the finish line. Individual first aiders/ medical volunteers will also be present at some aid stations. Contact numbers for the medical team will be available at registration. They will be contactable round the clock for the duration of the race.
Withdrawals up to 4 weeks prior to race day (0600 GMT Saturday 28 days prior) are eligible for a 70% refund. Withdrawals after that time will not be refunded as all race day costs have been incurred by that stage and you will not be replaced.
To withdraw please find your entry here and click the Cancel button. Your card will automatically be refunded the 70% fee up to 4 weeks before race day. After this time, you can still cancel your entry, but without any refund.
There are no deferals or transfers to alternative/ later events. Exception to this is ONLY ifor pregnancy and in which case you must notify us by email of your pregnancy no later than 4 weeks prior to race day to be eligible for a 100% refund. You must acknowledge that you understand and agree to this policy during the registration process.
If you do not agree with the refund policy please do not enter the event.
Race management reserve the right to modify, at any time, the course or aid station locations listed.
In the case of severe/ extreme weather conditions including but not limited to flooding after the event start, race management reserve the right to abandon the event at any time.
No refunds will be offered in that situation but a suitable alternative will always be sought. If the event cannot take place for reasons out of the control of race management including but not limited to flooding, severe weather or denial of access to the original course (foot and mouth outbreak for example), race management reserve the right to postpone the event to a later date and all entries will be carried forward to the new date. Refunds may not be offered under these circumstances. Event cancellation due to reasons such as Coronavirus or other such pandemic, public health, local authority travel and movement restrictions and bans of any kind etc. are beyond our control and no refund will be given in such circumstances. If the event is cancelled for reasons which require the event to be postponed indefinitely, race management reserve the right to retain all entry fees against costs incurred.
The Thames Path 100 is an official qualifier for UTMB and Western States.
A number for Race HQ will be provided in advance of race day and the team will be contactable at all times throughout race weekend on that number and also on e mail at [email protected]
The Trailblazer guides available here are excellent overall resources on the trail and include detailed maps of each section.