Routes Revealed for Cumbrian Challenge 2019
Will your team do the Peak, Tough or Tougher?
Blue skies and blistering sunshine greeted teams on the idyllic fells of the Lake District
last year as our fundraisers challenged themselves to climb Wetherlam, Lingmoor and Loughrigg alongside our beneficiaries. And this year we have a brand new set of routes to test your team at the Cumbrian Challenge 2019 in May.
More than 700 teams have come together to meet and support veterans at our annual challenge event in Grasmere - and 150 more will take part in our seventh challenge which is fast approaching and filling up quickly.
This year teams can consist of three or four people - with the option to swap teammates or course choice until 1 May - with everyone starting and finishing at our event marquee on Grasmere Sports Ground.
For 2019 we're making a return to the majestic Langdale Pikes - ensuring magnificent views and a breathtaking experience on every level.
In the words of Alfred Wainwright: "No mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes. Nor is the appeal visual only: that steep ladder to heaven stirs the imagination, and even the emotions, and this is especially so whenever the towering peaks come into view suddenly and unexpectedly."
THE 'TOUGHER' (9 peaks)
This years ‘Tougher’ Route is 32km with a total ascent of 1,650m and is a big, memorable day in the hills. It hits the high points of Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Lining Crag, High Raise, Thunacar Knott, Pike O Stickle, Harrison Stickle, Sergeant Mann and has a final sting in the tail, taking teams up Helm Crag for beautiful views of the finish before descending back down towards Grasmere. This is going to be long and 'tougher' but an incredible achievement for all those who take it on - and put in perspective by the stories of the men and women you are fundraising for and who will be taking part alongside you.
"I found it breathtaking, heartbreaking and inspiring meeting and hearing the stories of the guys - it made the fundraising efforts worthwhile. I personally enjoyed how our team bonded in these adverse conditions, we all work in separate departments and are now good friends". Dale Eades, Morson Group
THE 'TOUGH' (6 peaks)
The ‘Tough’ Route is 25km and starts with a beautiful climb up to Helm Crag above Grasmere before continuing along the ridge to Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and up to the high peaks of High Raise, Thunacar Knott and Pike O Stickle where spectacular views await - subject to the clag. The route back to base takes in the stunning Easdale Tarn before you cross the finish line to enjoy tea, medals and a fantastic sense of achievement with your team, whatever the weather.
“I have completed similar events before but the Cumbrian Challenge was the best event I’ve ever attended. The team had a terrific time enjoying the camaraderie that surrounds WWTW events. We still have the route map posted in the office and on occasion still use that day for inspiration. I highly recommend colleagues within Serco, and others, to take up the challenge.” Billy Menzies, Serco
THE 'PEAK' (3 peaks)
The ‘Peak’ Route has an overall height gain of just 600m with all day to complete it - a perfect route for those who are new to the fells. Teams will climb Helm Crag, Gibson Knott and Calf Crag and will get some great views of the high peaks as they begin walking towards the finish line. A fantastic and achievable introduction to the Lake District.
“It was great to see so many shapes, sizes and abilities and even dogs taking part. proving you don’t have to be of elite fitness to take part in a tough challenge. You just require the will and commitment. You could clearly see, as they crossed the finish line, what the day had meant to them." Rob Partington, OzoneFit Military Fitness
three routes will end back in Grasmere where teams will have the opportunity to
meet and hear from beneficiaries of the charity– an important reminder of how your fundraising really helps to make a difference.
If you would like to take on one of these fantastic routes, read testimonials, see videos about the event or check out the current fundraising leaderboard, please visit: https://www.cumbrianchallenge.org/.
Early-bird entry runs until 31 Jan but don’t worry, registering now doesn’t mean you have to commit to a specific route - you can change your mind up until the 1 May.
Are you up for the challenge?