On 15 June 2024, c2c and The Railway Children will be bringing a brand new ultra marathon to South Essex.

With a choice of 50 or 30 mile distances, the route will in general follow along the Thames going east, utilising the London Loop and England Coast National Trails. The going underfoot is mainly tarmac with some hard trails in sections. The scenery is a mixture of urban, marsh land and river bank, with some amazing views of this part of the Thames and Greater London.
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The route

We offer a choice of routes, with our 50-mile route beginning at Upminster (registration from 06:30) and meeting the start of our 30-mile route at Tilbury (registration from 07:00), where both routes combine before continuing up to Benfleet and along the sea front to conclude at Southend Central train station.

Entry prices

All fees from the entry go directly to The Railway Children, and c2c does not take any percentage cut.

  • The 50-mile race entry fee is £95.00
  • The 30-mile race entry fee is £70.00

Buy your entry

This gets you:

  • Transport by c2c train from Fenchurch Street to either Upminster (50-mile start) or Tilbury (30-mile start)
  • A fully researched and marked route
  • Full medical cover throughout
  • Well-stocked checkpoints at regular intervals
  • A quality finishers’ medal
  • Prizes and trophies for the overall and category winners
  • Free downloadable action photos from the event

Sponsors & supporters

The successful running of the race is thanks in part to our sponsors.

MyRaceKitKinetic Sports

Additional sponsors are to be announced in due course.

Enter the race

  • Race information
    • Complimentary c2c train travel will be provided from either London Fenchurch Street or your nearest c2c station to racers upon production of valid race numbers.
    • Participants will make their way to Upminster for the 50 mile start or to Tilbury for the 30 mile start where they can register and pick up their timing GPS tracker before starting
    • Registration will be open for the 50-miler at 06:30 and for the 30-miler at 07:00.
    • Any baggage to be transported to the finish can be dropped off at registration in the vehicles provided.
    • Race numbers will be sent out at least 1 week prior to the event.
    • All participants are responsible for checking train times (such as on the c2c website) to help plan their travel to the start and back from the finish