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Ultra challenge yourself with BPF

Join us this year for an organised Ultra Charity Challenge walk along the Thames... or embark on another Ultra Challenge Series event

Join us on the Thames Path Challenge | 14 September 2024

Inspired by our 2023 London to Paris cycle and the fundraising efforts of a young, school-going James Herbert almost 10 years ago, we’re bringing an essence of BPF’s African-based volunteering activities to UK soil. This year, we’re inviting BPF supporters to join us as we come together to ‘ultra challenge’ ourselves and raise funds for the youth programming being delivered and developed in Malawi.

When James [Herbert] was just 14, he read about BPF in the newspaper and by the time he was sitting his senior school exams, he’d walked the Thames Path Challenge three years in a row, raising over £2,000 for the charity! Now at university and simultaneously pushing himself to become a top flight rugby referee, James recently volunteered with BPF in Malawi.

Be our next BPF hero by joining James and the charity this year as we all prepare to take on the Thames Path Challenge, following England’s greatest river while raising funds for Bhubesi Pride Foundation…

Whether you walk (as we will), jog or run, this Ultra Challenge Series event offers the full Thames Path Challenge 100 km route from Putney Bridge, past Hampton Court to Runnymede and through wonderful historic scenery all the way to Henley. With the 72 km option (which we’re entering), 50 km half challenge or 25 km, there’s a distance for everyone. Participants will be supported all the way by the Ultra Challenge event team and rewarded with a wonderful sense of achievement, camaraderie and pride.

Your entry fee includes food and drink at regular rest stops, plus support including medics, marshals and massage. As you cross the finish line, you’ll get a glass of fizz, t-shirt, and a finisher’s medal.

Head to the Ultra Challenge page to find out full details of prices and to sign up

Sign-up & fundraising options

1. Full Sponsorship – pay a small registration fee, do lots of fundraising and BPF covers the cost of your event place

  • 72 km: Entry fee £35 / fundraising target: £450
  • Shorter distances and lower fundraising targets are also available

2. Mixed Funding – pay half of the event place cost yourself, fundraise a bit less and BPF pays the balance of your event place

  • 72 km: Entry fee £90 / fundraising target: £270
  • Shorter distances and lower fundraising targets are also available

3. Own Place Fundraising – pay the full cost of your event place… fundraise whatever you can and there’s no event place cost at all to BPF

  • 72 km: Entry fee £169 / fundraising target: as much as you can raise
  • Shorter distances and entry fees are also available

Sign up and find the full details to join this challenge or discover the full range of Ultra Series Challenges

Set up your BPF fundraising page with Enthuse

Follow this link to set up your personal BPF fundraising page with Enthuse…

  • Ensure you set up a page which links to this campaign: ‘Ultra Challenge Fundraiser for BPF Malawi’ (follow the link above to the campaign page and click the yellow button that says ‘Start fundraising‘ in the white ‘Get involved‘ box
  • Add your name, story, profile picture and banner image
  • Set your fundraising target – aim for at least £450
  • Copy and save your unique fundraising webpage link to share with friends, colleagues and family and we look forward to following your progress and seeing how much you raise for BPF… Will you top the leaderboard?
  • And feel free to invite others to join you

Inspirational fundraising videos

Full circle: Watch as, last year, James Herbert joins BPF and The Rugby Centurions on a fundraising cycle from London to Paris and volunteers in Malawi while, almost ten years ago, former Springbok Thinus Delport rewards James for his original fundraising walks along the Thames... This year, let's make it a team effort for BPF!

London to Paris fundraising cycle
James shares his experiences in Lilongwe
Thinus Delport rewards James Herbert

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