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Cumbrian Challenge 2020 cancelled due to uncertainty around mass events

All teams being rolled into May 2021 event

***Update: due to ongoing safety concerns, the Cumbrian Challenge has been postponed from May to 11th September 2021 ***

Walking With The Wounded has taken the hard decision to cancel the Cumbrian Challenge 2020 and will be rolling all teams into the next event on 15 May 2021 to ensure the safety of beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and participants. 

The event, now in its eighth year, was originally postponed from May until October and we sincerely hoped to be able to stage it in some form. 

It has become clear that there will be ongoing uncertainty and a level of risk in bringing together 800 people from all corners of the country which is not acceptable to those we support and who support us. 

“It’s a huge disappointment to cancel but we are conscious of needing to lead by example, to provide certainty for everyone engaged with the event and to protect the communities we work hard to support.


“We may have cancelled the 2020 event, but the men and women we support can’t cancel their needs, so we haven’t cancelled our services and have continued to be fully operational supporting our principal partner the NHS throughout lockdown.  

“We hope every team will see this as a challenge to help us overcome. To work together and smash their targets over the rest of the year so we can set foot back in Grasmere next May with a record-breaking total and even more positive stories of ex forces and their families who have been able to turn their lives around thanks to your fundraising.” 

- Andy Sloan, Event Lead for Walking With The Wounded

All money raised by our fundraisers from the Cumbrian Challenge is received and put into use within weeks so you can still make an impact and change lives in 2020. Please consider your own target to aim at that works for your circumstances and see what you can achieve. 

We remain committed to local businesses and our suppliers, who we are aware will be facing their own challenges right now and we will find a way to return next May. 

Every one of the 150 teams already committed to the event will be rolled forwards to May 2021, using their existing fundraising pages, and we are busy preparing exciting ways that participants can still get involved in the coming months.  

We urge participants to keep 3 October in their diaries as an opportunity to bring their team together and join a virtual event that evening. 

“I am incredibly proud of our staff who have been working tirelessly during lockdown to ensure that we are still able to support our beneficiaries who have been facing extra challenges during lockdown. This has been enabled because of your continued support. We very much look forward to seeing you, and anyone extra you can rope in, next May.”

– Ed Parker, CEO 

We will be in touch with teams to let them know the next steps. If you have any questions, please email or see the FAQs on  

Thanks in advance for your understanding. 

Andy, Viveca, Tom and Alice 
The WWTW Events Team