Supporting Our Wounded Into Work

Raising funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military. You can help by making a donation or fundraising for the charity.


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FAQs for the Cumbrian Challenge

Cumbrian Challenge: FAQs

The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. But hopefully you won’t need to with the answers below…

How can I make changes to my team / send in team members details?

Simply download and fill in this form and send it to If you are changing your team name please let us know your previous team name. You can make changes to your team and which course you do up until 1 May.

I haven’t had any emails about final details for the event?

We send regular countdown emails so if you haven’t received any then something has gone awry. Please email to let us know.

When is it? Friday and Saturday 13-14 May

Where is it? Grasmere Sports Ground – The Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL

What are the event timings?


  • 4pm Registration opens
  • 7pm – 9pm Dinner served
  • 9pm Last briefing
  • 9:30pm Registration closes
  • 10:30pm Last orders at the bar
  • 11pm Site closed


  • 6am Site open
  • 6:30am Breakfast served
  • 7:30am Race start for Tougher route
  • 8am Race start for the Tough route
  • 8:30am Race start for the Peak route
  • 6pm–9pm Dinner served
  • 7:15pm (ish) Prize-giving and thanks from WWTW CEO Ed Parker
  • 7:30pm onwards – Live Abba Tribute Band (it’s Eurovision weekend!)
  • 10:30pm Last orders
  • 11pm Site closed


  • 11am All campers and cars off site

Who needs to be at registration?

At least two members of each team must attend one of the safety briefings at registration which will take place every 45 minutes from 4pm until 9pm on the Friday.

What happens at registration?

Teams sign in and receive their race numbers, laminated (waterproof) maps of the route and free WWTW tech t-shirts to wear during the challenge and a Cumbrian Challenge 2016 wristband to get their meals.

I can’t make registration – is that an issue?

Yes and no. We want as many people as possible to attend and register on the Friday night as time on Saturday morning is tight and we want you to concentrate on your bacon roll and getting to the start line. We do run a final safety briefing talk at 7am on the day of the event for teams who for whatever reason don’t get to us in time on Friday. We recognise that people get stuck at work, with family, on the motorway, so if you can’t make it on Friday night please call 07818 424 304 to let us know so we can have your packs ready on Saturday morning so you don’t miss the start.

Can I have a team of 2, 3 or 5?

No. You must have four people to a team. If you have more than four people wanting to enter then please try and recruit another team. This will be more sociable for you and bring in more fundraising for the charity. If you are short of teammates then do contact the office as we always have other teams who have had people pull out too and sometimes WWTW staff help make up numbers.

How do I set up my team’s fundraising page?

You can set up a fundraising page for the event here. This will then appear alongside all the other event fundraising pages here so you can get tips and ideas from other teams.

How much do our team need to raise?

Teams are challenged to raise £1,000 before the event with a strive target of £2,000 which is the amount needed to fund another vulnerable veteran back into work.

Where can I find more fundraising tips?

Please download our fundraising pack. Sell donuts in your office, hold a ‘come dine with me’ evening, a quiz, a sweepstake, a raffle, ask your work about matched funding…

I’m struggling with fundraising, can you help?

Yes. If you have any worries please call 01263 863 900 and ask for Viveca or Andy.

What do I do with cash or cheque donations?

See our ‘how to donate’ page. Anything you post to us, please add your name, team name and ‘Cumbrian Challenge’ so we can allocate it to your fundraising effort. Please also add it to the ‘offline fundraising’ section of your Virgin Money Giving page or equivalent so your friends and team and those who’ve donated are aware of your efforts.

Do you accept CAF cheques?

Yes. Please address them to Walking With The Wounded. Write your name, team and Cumbrian Challenge on the back and send it to: Katie Dagless, WWTW, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED.

Where does the money go?

The money you so generously raise funds our programmes supporting vulnerable veterans back into independence through employment. Every £2,000 on average supports another veteran into work.

What do I need to wear?

Check out the Kit List. The weather in the Lakes is very changeable, the temperature will drop by a degree every 100m you climb and with wind chill can be significantly colder. This year there will be a limited number of kit checks by our staff to ensure your safety and satisfy our insurers but we trust you to take appropriate clothing with you.

Is accommodation included?

No. There is limited amount of camping at the event ground (NOW FULL FOR 2016). You can find a list of accommodation at the bottom of the Cumbrian Challenge page. We kindly ask participants to arrange their own accommodation as unfortunately we do not have the time to help everyone with these requests.

I’m camping at HQ, are there showers?

There are six hot showers in the sports pavilion which are reserved exclusively for campers (3 mens, 3 womens) as well as toilet and wash facilities.

I’m camping, do I have to bring my own tent?

Yes. There are toilet trailers, showers, changing rooms and wash sinks. Everything else you need to bring.

Where can I find a decent weather forecast?

The Mountain Weather Information Service

How fit/fast do I need to be?

For an indication of the pace you need to be able to walk at, and the routes you will be covering, have a look at our route page.

Are dogs welcome?

Yes. Well behaved(!) dogs are welcome. They need to be kept on a lead in any areas with livestock and are the responsibility of the owner at HQ.

Where is the nearest good pub?

There are a host of fine pubs in Grasmere – but we hope you join us on Friday and Saturday in the event marquee to meet WWTW staff, beneficiaries and other teams.

Is the course marshalled? Do I need to be able to map read?

All this information is on our route page.

Where can I park?

You can part at the event ground and leave your car overnight on Friday and Saturday at your own risk. Usual common sense rules apply. Please don’t leave valuables in the car and please comply with all requests by our volunteers.

What food is given to competitors?

Friday and Saturday evening buffet meals. Bacon rolls for Saturday breakfast and afternoon tea.

Is it true you get a beer at the finish line?

Yes, thanks to Adnams.

Is there a free bar?

No. There’s a cash bar on the Friday and Saturday with various beers, wine and soft drinks. All profit to the charity. Cash only so please stop at the cash machine before you come.

I’ve got a friend/family member who wants to come along, can they join us at HQ?

The race is strictly teams of four but friends/family are welcome at the event HQ. We just need to know numbers in advance (email and they will need to purchase an event wristband (a donation of £25 to the charity) at registration to cover their food and entertainment for the weekend.

Can I buy WWTW kit?

Yes, there will be a small merchandise stand selling hats, tech t-shirts, waterproof jackets and fleeces or you can visit our online shop in advance.

Can I get a packed lunch?

Yes. Green’s Café in Grasmere can cater for packed lunch requests, including gluten/dairy free and vegan diets. Please email or call 015394 35790  to pre order in advance, until the morning of Thursday 12th May prior to the event. £1 for every packed lunch booked through Green’s will be donated to Walking With The Wounded. If there is sufficient demand they will deliver to the event ground on the day itself, so please check this. If not, then Karen will arrange an early collection prior to their usual 8am opening but please ensure you check this. You can pay by card over the phone. Please make sure you state if any of the team members have special dietary requirements


  • A piece of Fruit – Apple or Orange
  • Cake – Fruity Flapjack, Chocolate Brownie (GF/VEGAN available) (we have cakes to cater for all diets so we will add the appropriate options for those with diets stated)
  • Sandwich choices  (please choose) – (All sandwiches can be made with gluten free bread if required), Ham salad (gf), Cheese and chutney (gf/v), Tuna and cucumber (Gf/v), Hummus and crunchy vegetables (gf/vegan)
  • Bread choice – White / Brown
  • Drink – Bottle of still water
  • Crisps – A bag of crisps will also be provided, gluten free will also be available

£10 per packed lunch (including delivery to the start at Grasemere Sports Ground) £1 of the payment will be donated to WWTW

Payment will be accepted via bacs to Greens Outside Catering– Sort code 01-09-75account number 62931296


What are the prize categories?

These are all listed on the Cumbrian Challenge page

What happens if I need to pull out?

Each year we inevitably have a few teams which need to pull out from the Cumbrian Challenge in advance, because of injury or illness. The entry fee is non-refundable or transferable. Please take care during your training to pace yourself and build up distances slowly to avoid the risk of injury.

More questions? Please email


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