Cumbrian Challenge

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This wonderful fundraising event is the perfect event for seasoned and newbie hikers alike. Walk one of 3 distances in support of Walking With the Wounded, experience a memorable team-building weekend in the Lake District, and enjoy the festivities after a long days walk.
Participants
The Tough, The Tougher, and The Peak
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Calendar
Sat, 11 Sept 2021
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Grasmere, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SL, UK
Start times
Sat, 11 Sept 2021
The Peak:
6:30am |
The Tough:
6:30am |
The Tougher:
6:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Cumbrian Challenge
The Peak
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10km
The Tough
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25km
The Tougher
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32km
Route information
There are three routes catering for every ability from the ‘Peak’, for those new to the fells or carrying a little Christmas excess, to our traditional ‘Tough’ and ‘Tougher’ for the fitter, more confident teams keen on a big day in the beautiful fells.
You’ll face an early start, enjoy a magical, if stretching, walk out onto the fells and be back in time for an evening of music and a slap-up feed with your teammates and new friends, alongside our inspirational beneficiaries. If you haven’t signed up already, join us for a fun and challenging weekend.
Participants will be given maps at registration on Friday night with checkpoints on to navigate between. It’s a challenge. So yes, you will have to map read.
THE PEAK:
3 peaks
10k
600m ascent
4-10 hrs (depending on fitness)
Perfect for participants with no experience in the hills and wanting to climb their first Lake District peak and/or first Wainwright. It will be (relatively) gentle, it will incorporate a peak (and tick off two more as you walk along the tops) and you’ll have all day to do it. A fantastic first taste of the fells, this would be the perfect route for everyone to take part in.
THE TOUGH:
6 peaks
25k
1150m ascent
5-10 hrs (depending on fitness)
A big day in the hills for teams with a reasonable level of fitness, broken in boots and appetite to get up high and experience the best the Lake District has to offer, taking in several high peaks before heading back into Grasmere for well-deserved tea and medals.
THE TOUGHER:
9 peaks
32k
1650m ascent
6-11 hrs (depending on fitness)
The big one. This is a tough day. A long day. A rewarding day which will need teamwork to get through it. You’ll need to hang on to the inspiration of seeing teams of our beneficiaries (marked out with different coloured event t-shirts) digging in and getting on. There are cutoff times and teams which miss them will be politely turned around onto escape routes or the other courses to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
The route will take on numerous peaks and introduce you to a range of stunning vistas across the fells before plunging back to the finish to swap excited tales with friends new and old, and celebrate a newfound appreciation of your team.
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There will be marshals at key points on the route, as well as medical staff, but the route is not marked/guided.
What's included
  • Technical t-shirts
  • On-course marshals & medical support
  • Safety briefing & event maps
Train
How to get there
Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SL, UK
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Full Address: Grasmere Sportsground, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9SL
Event day logistics
There is a compulsory safety briefing, with dinner, at registration on the Friday night. These will be held every 45 minutes from 4pm to 9:30pm.
You will need to use the event maps provided on Friday night – particularly in bad weather.
FOOD:
Due to the nature of this challenge, plenty of small snacks are advisable, allowing food to be eaten on the go or during short breaks. Good snacks are:
Nuts and dried fruit – good for slow energy release
Sweets and chocolate – good for instant energy
Flapjack – filling and slow energy release
It's personal preference but a good mix of slow energy and fast energy release foods with carbohydrates will keep you going.
DRINK:
Water is ideal for keeping hydrated. If you prefer to have flavour in your water, you can add squash but it's classed as a mild diuretic and therefore you are likely to need the toilet more often.
Caffeine-based liquids such as tea and coffee are also seen as mild diuretics so the same applies; definitely worth taking into consideration for a long day on the hill!
Energy drinks such as Mountain Fuel (long-term supporters of WWTW) can make a difference but make sure you try them out in advance to see that it works for you.
WEATHER FORECAST:
The best weather forecasts for the Lake District which shows you how cold it can be on the mountain tops, the effect of the wind and the chance of cloud-free summits, are the Met Office's mountain forecast and the Mountain Weather Information Service.
CAMPING:
Further build your team experience by camping on site and share your stories with friends new and old over dinner and drinks on both Friday and Saturday night before walking yards to your tent.
Points to note:
  • Price is per person (not tent) and covers Friday & Saturday nights
  • Gates open from 4pm Friday and campers can stay until 11am Sunday
  • Bring your own tent or camper van
  • Hot showers and toilets provided
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Walking With The Wounded
WWTW supports disadvantaged veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities. We have adapted and we continue to support our ex-service community during this difficult time. WWTW has worked in partnership with the NHS for many years and during this period we will continue those partnerships to respond wherever possible to support our incredible NHS.
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Backpack
What to bring
Even in May in the Lake District, the weather can be very temperamental and conditions can vary greatly in just one day. A variety of clothing is therefore required, plus a safety kit.
Technical event t-shirts will be supplied on the Friday night at registration for you to wear should you wish. Please avoid wearing cotton tops as they do not wick sweat away and you will get cold in the wind up high. Likewise, jeans are also inappropriate and not allowed for walkers as they are heavy and rub when they get wet and add to the risk of a serious incident on the hill in bad weather.
PERSONAL KIT REQUIREMENTS (COMPULSORY):
  • Rucksack (35L. Slightly smaller/larger is fine but this size is ideal to allow for all of the kit in this list; for ease of walking it is best to avoid tying clothing around the waist and having to carry items in the hands)
  • Mobile phone (and waterproof case for it!) (– Vodafone has the best signal in the area)
  • Whistle
  • Walking boots/suitable footwear (e.g. trail shoes if running) – broken in (worn in the hills several times) to ensure the boots fit properly, are comfortable and don’t create blisters
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Fleece
  • Spare base layer
  • Spare pair of socks
  • 2L water bottle or hydration pack
  • Thermal gloves
  • Hat
  • Lunch and emergency snacks (e.g. Mars Bar)
  • Walking Poles (optional but recommended)
  • Sunglasses (optional but recommended)
  • Sun hat (optional but recommended)
TEAM KIT REQUIREMENTS (COMPULSORY):
  • Compass
  • Compeed/blister patches/Vaseline (apply as soon as you feel a hot spot in your boot –don’t wait till the top or bottom of the hill!)
  • Basic first aid kit and any personal medical kit (if you are aware of existing condition, please ensure that you have all necessary equipment with you and tell us in advance)
  • Sun cream (subject to the forecast)
  • Head torch (just in case)
Tip: Before packing your rucksack, lay out all of the above items, plus any personal preferences, and tick them off one by one. It is very important that all of these items are in your rucksack to improve your comfort on the day and to help deal with any unforeseen circumstances.
FAQ's
Is there an age restriction for the Cumbrian Challenge?
Yes, 18 years+ only.
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Are dogs allowed on the course at the Cumbrian Challenge?
Yes, dogs are welcome.
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Can I camp at the Cumbrian Challenge?
Yes, at a cost of £25 per person for the weekend. Follow the prompt when registering your team.
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How does the fundraising work for the Cumbrian Challenge?
Each team (of 3 or 4) is challenged to raise £2k to support a veteran from social isolation back into society. You'll be amazed what you can achieve as a team.
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Reviews
5.0
3 reviews
Will E
Star
5.0
Did the The Tougher in 2019
This event is consistently well organised and delivers to the full range of abilities and aspirations of the participants. The staff are cheerful, motivated and always on hand to assist with any queries. The range of routes provide an appropriate level of challenge for each team, and the location is stunning. The other special element of this event, is the chance to meet the charity beneficiaries and hear how the charity has helped them. Thoroughly recommended.
Glen P
Star
5.0
Did the The Tough in 2019
A well organised and fun event which is a great challenge. The atmosphere at the event is great and you know you are making a difference to this important challenge.
TonyS
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5.0
Did the The Tougher in 2019
This was the first year Hive took part and let me say what a fantastic event which was well organised from the beginning till the end. The weather was brilliant including the different teams that took part motivating each other throughout the challenge. Hopefully get another team up again next year to beat the time set this year
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