Cumbrian Challenge 2018

The Cumbrian Challenge, presented by BAE Systems and FDM Group, 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 and independence.

  • DATE: 18-19 May 2018 (reg from 4pm Fri, inc. dinner and briefing)
  • ROUTES: Peak (1 peak, circa 16km), Tough (3 peaks, circa 23km), Tougher (4 peaks, circa 29km)
  • COST (teams of four): £50 per person until 31 Oct. £60 per person until 31 Jan. £70 per person until 13 May
  • MILITARY TEAMS: 50% discount if bring a volunteer. Email
  • FUNDRAISING: Each team is challenged to raise £2,000 by 1 May
  • LOCATION: Grasmere Sports Ground, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SL
  • CAMPING: £25 per person to camp for the weekend. Book when registering your team
  • HOW TO ENTER: Entries due to open soon. Email to pre-register and reserve a team


Meet, walk with and be inspired by our wounded servicemen and women including members of our expedition teams. There is a route for all abilities and you’ll be amazed what you can achieve on the day and fundraising as a team to leave a lasting impact.

“The Cumbrian Challenge supports team building, leadership development, provides genuine inspiration and above all is fun. Our ongoing presence is guaranteed.” Shaun Savory, HR Director, Birketts LLP

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Unsure? See some of our many testimonials…

“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


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The Cumbrian Challenge, now in its sixth year, was set up to raise funds to support wounded veterans back into work.

Each team is challenged to work together as part of your team-building preparation and fundraise £2,000 before their big day. You will be amazed what you can achieve and you will be supported with a special fundraising pack 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.


  • The first 12 teams to raise £2,000 will receive four limited edition, Helly Hansen, Walk Of Britain expedition waterproof jackets.
  • Each corporate team that raises £10,000 or more will receive a free talk for staff or clients from Duncan Slater, a WWTW beneficiary and the first double leg amputee to ski to the South Pole and also to complete the Marathon des Sables.

5 key fundraising tips to blast past your £2,000 team target:

  • 100% uplift – create your online fundraising page and send it out!
  • 46% uplift – add a target to your online page
  • ?% – ask your employer about matched funding
  • Stage an office sweepstake on your finishing position
  • Host a ‘Come Dine With Me’, quiz, adventure talk night or BBQ evening before or after the challenge

Why are we doing this again? For veterans like these.

The ‘Mountain Goats’ team from AEGIS London have been to every Cumbrian Challenge, led by Glen Pilkington.

Glen’s fundraising plan:

  • We try and maximise our contacts 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.

‘CHt Trekkers’ from Crown House Technologies (part of Laing O’Rourke), completed their first Cumbrian Challenge in 2016 and made the most of work connections to hit their fundraising target.

Timothy Wilson, a senior project manager for Crown House who led the team, said: “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 the first port of call for sponsorship. This support has provided 80% of the £2300 raised and was acquired in little more than a month.

“The remaining funds have been built by individual team members who started to utilise their work peer and personal networks to gain further fundraising. This is the area we then pushed to hit and exceed our target.” 

Cumbrian Challenge 2016 Highlights

Train together, fundraise together, then experience a memorable and uplifting weekend together with your team in the Lake District meeting and hearing directly from 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.

“A brief note to thank you all at WWTW for the amazing time Shard Capital had in the Lakes over the weekend. I was greeted in the office this morning by a lot of smiling, sunburnt faces, along with a few people walking like cowboys!” Patrick Dean, COO, Shard Capital


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 have taken part include RBS, Speedflex, FDM, BAE Systems, KPMG, Birketts, ESRI, Virgin Money, Jones Lang LaSalle, Serco, NHS, Bunn Fertiliser, Aegis, Edison, Shard Capital and many more.


“Thank you very much for staging an excellent Cumbrian Challenge. I am now walking like John Wayne but safe in the knowledge that it is all for a very good cause! I thought the route was excellent. The marshalling and check points were very well organised and the encouragement from all and sundry was hugely appreciated!” Peter Bristowe, Founding Director, Edison


Your team entry fee includes:

  • Friday and Saturday evening meal
  • Saturday morning breakfast (bacon rolls!)
  • Saturday afternoon hot and cold drinks and snacks at the finish line
  • Finish-line “Cumbrian Challenge” beer on tap, courtesy of Keswick Brewing Co.
  • A technical training t-shirt (to be worn during the event)
  • Finishers medal and talk from WWTW CEO Ed Parker
  • Water stops en route and First Aid teams
  • Mountain rescue team (with vehicle support) and route marshalls
  • Suggested training, food and required kit information
  • Official timing and checkpoint control staff
  • Health and safety route management
  • Toilet facilities and showers at the site base
  • Saturday evening entertainment


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