***Thank you to everyone who made the Cumbrian Challenge 2016 a record-breaking event.***
The Cumbrian Challenge, presented by BAE Systems, Vodafone and Artemis, is Walking With The Wounded’s fun and testing, flagship, annual fundraising event in the Lake District for teams of four – with every team that takes part supporting another wounded veteran back into work.
Are you and your friends or colleagues up for the challenge of competing against our inspirational wounded servicemen and women including our expedition teams such as the Walk Of Britain team? For 2016 there was a new, easier route – The Peak – in addition to the ‘Tough’ and the ‘Tougher’ to test you over the beautiful fells of the Lake District – so your there is an option for everyone.
Each team is also challenged to fundraise £1,000 (£250 per person) for Walking With The Wounded’s programmes as part of your team-building preparation. You’ll be amazed what you can achieve and our team are on hand to support you. This year you can also camp at the event HQ.
DATE: 12-13 May 2016 (Friday night registration open from 4pm, briefings every 45 minutes and dinner from 6:30pm) See here for full timings.
- The Peak (12.5km) – max 50 teams (NEW FOR 2016!)
- The Tough (24km) – max 75 teams
- The Tougher (31.5km) – max 75 teams
OPENING SPECIAL £175 for the first 20 teams EARLY BIRD £200 (Sept – Sun 31 Jan) SPECIAL OFFER £225 (Mon 1 Feb – Mon 14 March)
- £250 (Tues 15 March – Sun 1 May)
FUNDRAISING: Each team is challenged to raise £1000 and strive for £2000 to directly support a veteran back into work
LOCATION: Grasmere Sports Ground, Stock Lane, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SL
ENTRIES CLOSE: 1 May 2016
Register your team of four and savour an exhilarating weekend in a fun environment, with dinner on the Friday night at registration, a big day on the hills on Saturday followed by a party atmosphere on that evening featuring well-earned drinks, food, speech and an informal awards ceremony.
Not only will you meet and race against members of our previous expeditions, there will also be the opportunity to meet some of the incredible men and women who WWTW have been able to support during their career transition from the military and which is down entirely to your extraordinary fundraising efforts.
Last year saw a record number of teams overcome their worries and fears to accomplish something remarkable with their team-mates in the stunning scenery of the Lake District. Spread the word and sign up rival teams from your office, industry or friendship network to join us and up to 800 participants.
Corporate teams to take part include RBS, Speedflex, KPMG, Birketts, ESRI, Virgin Money, Jones Lang LaSalle, Serco, NHS, Bunn Fertiliser, Aegis, Edison and many more.
Register now to reserve a place for your team. We already have some exciting additions, including camping, for the 2016 event which will be bigger and better but strictly limited to 200 teams.
WHAT YOU GET:
Your team entry fee will include:
- Friday evening meal
- Saturday morning breakfast
- Saturday afternoon hot and cold drinks and snacks at the finish line
- Finish-line beer – courtesy of our long-standing supporter, Adnams
- Saturday evening meal
- A technical training T-Shirt
- Finishers medal
- Water stops en route
- Mountain rescue team (with vehicle support) and route marshalls
- Suggested training, food and required kit information
- First aid teams
- Official timing and checkpoint control staff
- Health and safety route management
- Toilet facilities and showers at the site base
- Saturday evening entertainment – It’s Eurovision so expect a full-on Abba tribute band
- Officially timed results
The Cumbrian Challenge, now in its fourth year, was set up to raise funds to support wounded veterans back into work through Walking With The Wounded’s programmes – with each team tasked with fundraising £1,000 before their big day. This works out at £250 per person and you will be supported with a special fundraising pack from the WWTW team containing ideas and tips of how to hit your target. We will also be on the end of the phone if needs be with further support.
Our challenge to your team is to smash this target and hit a strive target of £2,000. Anything is possible.
Case study 1: The ‘Mountain Goats’ team from AEGIS London have been to every Cumbrian Challenge and are back again in 2016, led by Glen Pilkington.
“We keep coming back to this event as it is an excellent challenge with clear outcomes supporting veterans who have walked in far more difficult locations than this. Undertaking the event with work colleagues is great fun and helps to build our own internal professional relationships” Glen Pilkington, Head of HR & Learning and Development, AEGIS London
Glen’s fundraising plan:
- We try and maximise our contacts and in our working environment, people are very generous. So we do a company wide email and also email our personal contacts with a fundraising page. This tends to get us at least 50% of our total.
- We also approach our company’s charity committee and up to date, we have received £200 per staff member competing, so £800 in total.
- I have also done a supermarket collection which raised about £200.
- Those are our three main methods, in addition to small collection boxes on our reception area. They are not particularly exciting ideas, but they work for us.
Case study 2: ‘CHt Trekkers’ from Crown House Technologies (part of Laing O’Rourke), are ‘first timers’ to the Cumbrian Challenge and made the most of work connections to hit their fundraising target.
“The CHt Trekkers team decided the simplest strategy would be to utilise our networks as the primary target for fundraising. As with most organisations we are lucky enough to have a mature supportive supply chain which became to first port of call for sponsorship. This support has provided 80% of the £2300 raised to date acquired in little more than a month.
“The remaining funds have been built by individual team members whom have started to utilises their work peer and personal networks to gain further fundraising. This is the area will now push to hit and exceed our target.” Timothy Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Crown House Technologies
- Highest fundraising team
- Fastest ‘Tougher’ route team (men & women) – prizes courtesy of Montane
- Fastest ‘Tough’ route team (men & women) – prizes courtesy of Platypus
- University Plate (Tougher route) – prizes courtesy of Osprey Packs
- Best fancy dress – prizes courtesy of Cotswold Outdoor
- Over 50s Fastest 200 (leading team with a combined age of 200+ for each course)
- CC Captains – Anyone completing their third Cumbrian Challenge
- CC Majors – Anyone completing their fourth Cumbrian Challenge
Thank you to the Lowther Estate, Rydal Estate, Lake District National Park Authority and the National Trust for their assistance in enabling us to run this challenge.
Walking With The Wounded will make a donation to ‘Fix The Fells’ who are part of the National Trust and are responsible for mending any deterioration caused by visitors to The Fells.