COVID-19 update - Why the 2020 event been postponed to October
Walking With The Wounded is taking our responsibilities to respond to Coronavirus – Covid 19 - very seriously and therefore have made the decision to delay the event from it's usual date in May until 3 October.
The well-being of the participants, our volunteers and our staff is paramount.
The ex-servicemen and women we support still need our support and their challenges cannot be delayed by our biggest one-day fundraising event.
We hope that by postponing the event it will provide an opportunity for more people to take part, raising more funds for those who served and their families and bring business to Cumbria.
Anyone with a team entry for May will have a team entry for October.
If any of your team are unable to make 3 October you can sub them in or out.
If the whole team is unable to attend we ask you to kindly find colleagues or friends to fill your boots and to transfer your team to them. For any advice on how to do this, or challenges, please email email@example.com.
#CumbrianChallengeAtHome - How Can I Take Part?
Due to the postponement of the Cumbrian Challenge due t COVID-19, Walking With The Wounded are launching #CumbrianChallengeAtHome - a virtual fundraising event that replicates the Cumbrian Challenge from the safety of your own home!
Taking part is simple:
- Begin the day by joining our virtual briefing via Zoom (details TBA) and get fired up for your fundraising
- Walk/climb the same distance/elevation as your route on or before 16th May (did you know you can now track your fitness activities on your fundraising page?), or create your own creative fundraisng activity, such as camping in your living room!
- Ask your friends, family and colleagues to donate to your Cumbrian Challenge fundraising page
- Share your activities and fundraising page with the #CumbrianChallengeAtHome hashtag, and we'll share our favourites!
It’s a brilliant way to boost your team morale, keep your training momentum going and, most importantly, help WWTW as we support our beneficiaries whose issues can't be furloughed.
Read about the #CumbrianChallengeAtHome here to find out more, or to get some inspiration for challenges you can do.
What are the routes?
How can I make changes to my team / update or amend team members details?
We know that you might be fitter or fatter than you intended come May, so you can switch your route choice up until two weeks before the event.
To change your team's route choice the team leader must log into their account.
If you have any issues please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01263 863 902.
Where are the 2019 results?
Please click here: Cumbrian Challenge results 2019
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 email@example.com to let us know.
Where is the Live Tracker?
A new link will be sent out in the month before the event. To see last year's example please go to our Open Tracking page: http://live.opentracking.co.uk/cumbrianchallenge19/
You can follow each team's progress around the route and it also includes a link to each team's fundraising page so friends, family and colleagues can follow you and donate. This is a great opportunity
What are the event timings?
- 16:00 Registration opens
- 19-21:00 Dinner served
- 21:00 Last briefing
- 21:30 Registration closes
- 22:30 Last orders at the bar
- 23:00 Site closed
- 06:00 Site open
- 06:30 Breakfast served
- 07:30 Race start for Tougher route
- 08:00 Race start for the Tough route
- 08:30 Race start for the Peak route
- 17-21:00 Dinner served
- 19:15 Prize-giving and thanks from WWTW CEO Ed Parker
- 19:30 Music and cheap, cash bar
- 22:30 Last orders
- 23:00 Site closed
- 11:00 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.
This includes details about the route, the maps, the cut-off times and what to do in an emergency.
How do I book camping?
To book camping:
1. Login to your Cumbrian Challenge profile (top right of the page)
2. Click on 'My dashboard'.
3. Follow your nose to 'Camping'.
It is £25 per person for the weekend (Fri & Sat night inclusive). The same applies for camper vans which are welcome.
No cars are allowed in the camping area itself for obvious safety reasons but campervans can park very close to it.
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 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 or 5 or more?
No. The event is for teams of 3 or 4. This means that if one of your teammates gets hurt, one person can stay with them and one person can go for help.
If you have more than four people wanting to enter then please try and recruit another team of 3.
This will be more sociable for you and bring in more fundraising for the cause. Win win.
If you are short of teammates then do contact the office as we always have other teams who have had people pull out, or sometimes WWTW staff help make up numbers.
Please note the fundraising target and team entry fee are the same for teams of 3 or 4. You can change your team members or add a fourth team member any time until two weeks before the event.
How do I set up my team’s fundraising page?
Your personal and team fundraising page are created automatically in the sign up process and will appear on the leaderboards on the homepage so you can see what others are doing to generate donations.
The team captain will 'own' the team page which will show each member of the team, will link to their individual page and show your combined total.
Please note – research has shown that adding a fundraising target can increase donations by 46%. Be brave and tell people your goal. Participants with photos on their pages also raise 9% more and adding a summary or story as to why you are personally taking part can increase donations by 11%. Essentially, a personal touch will make a difference and if your friends and colleagues can see where you need to get to target wise it is another prompter to them to give generously.
Can I order a packed lunch?
Yes. Please email Hilary on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order a packed lunch including your choices by no later than 12 noon Thursday 1st October.
Packed Lunches for participants, to be collected at the catering area of the main marquee from 7am Saturday 3rd October.
Sandwiches using Wholemeal Bloomer Bread (1 ½ rounds)
Fillings Choice: Tuna Savoury, Egg Savoury, Ham, Cheese and Tomato (Choose 1 Filling)
Piece of Fruit
Bag of Crisps Various flavours (Choose 1)
Paradise Slice or Flapjack (Choose 1)
Bottle of Water or Carton of Orange Juice (Choose 1)
All wrapped and placed in a bag ready for collection
£8 per Packed Lunch (cash only on receipt)
How much do our team need to raise?
Teams are challenged to raise £2,000 with at least £1,000 in before the event to be able to take part - all on a best endeavours basis. If you have any concerns or worries then call us for ideas and ways you can easily work together to achieve this.
Figures to aim for:
£675 is the average cost of a course of therapy sessions through our mental health programme - Head Start
£706.56 is the average cost for each beneficiary in our employment programme
£800 Will support a veteran through our criminal justice programme - Project Nova
Where can I get a sponsorship form?
I’m struggling with fundraising, can you help?
Yes. If you have any worries please call 01263 863 902 and ask for Viveca.
What do I do with cash or cheque donations or money raised from a Facebook fundraiser?
CASH - If you are given cash (or a cheque payable to you) you can pay this in direct to your Cumbrian Challenge page. Visit the home page, login, click the 'My Donations' tab and then click on 'Add offline donation'. You will be invited to input the amount and pay the amount in using your credit/debit card.
CHEQUES – Please make payable to “Walking With The Wounded” and send to Walking With The Wounded, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED.
- On the back of the cheque please write your name, team name and ‘Cumbrian Challenge’ so we can allocate it to your fundraising effort.
FACEBOOK FUNDRAISING - If you set one of these up, please send a link to email@example.com with the name of your team so we know it is intended to be part of your Cumbrian Challenge fundraising. WWTW will receive the money automatically from Facebook one month after the Facebook Fundraiser has ended.
GIFT AID - Please do encourage anyone donating to you offline (by cheque or cash) to download a Gift Aid Form, to ensure we can claim an extra 25% on their generous donation. For more information on Gift Aid visit: www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm
We will then add any of these funds (cash paid into our bank/cheques/Facebook fundraising) to your fundraising page on the Cumbrian Challenge website.
If you have any issues please call Tom or Viveca on 01263 863 902.
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.
We will then add this amount to your Cumbrian Challenge page.
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.
What are the t-shirt sizes?
- XS 35″
- S 38″
- M 40″
- L 43″
- XL 45″
- 2XL 48″
Is accommodation included?
No. There is limited amount of camping at the event ground..
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 men's and women's changing rooms with hot showers in the sports pavilion which are reserved exclusively for campers 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?
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. Please ask a volunteer if you need a water bowl.
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. There will be food and a cheap, cash bar. For Sunday lunch any of the local pubs are excellent.
Is the course marshalled? Do I need to be able to map read?
All this information is on our route page.
What food is given to competitors?
Friday and Saturday evening buffet meals. Bacon rolls for Saturday breakfast and afternoon tea and cake. Please note you need to provide your own packed lunch and emergency snacks for the hill itself.
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.
Is there a free bar?
No. There’s a (cheap) 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 and they will need to purchase an event wristband (a donation of £25 to the charity by calling the office on 01263 863 902) to cover their food and entertainment for the weekend.
Can I volunteer?
If you can’t take part and want to volunteer, or are coming along to support a colleague or family member and want to help out then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or call us on 01263 863 902.
Is there a kit list?
Yes! There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit. Please see our KIT LIST for compulsory and recommended kit.
If you are warm and dry, or not dehydrated and sunburnt, you will have a significantly more enjoyable experience.