Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks

*** Event update – 30th March 2020**

In light of the Covid-19 situation we wanted to update you with regards to our key annual fundraising challenge, our Leicestershire 3 Peaks – due to take place on Sunday 27th September.

At present we are hoping that the challenge will still go ahead as planned. We will monitor the situation, Government advice, country park policy etc. over the coming weeks.

We are delaying the opening of registrations until May, when we will re-assess the situation (if necessary there are options, such as slightly delaying the Challenge until October). In the meantime you can read the event information pack here to find out what it is all about.  You can also read the registration options to decide if you’d like to take part as an individual, as part of a team, or in our corporate team competition when registrations open.  (Please email Rachel.markham@charity-link.org if you’d like to be notified as soon as registration opens).

Further updates will be posted here in the coming weeks but we do hope you will put / leave the challenge in your diary – your support for this fundraising event will be needed more than ever. We also hope it will give you a positive focus over the weeks when our lives are so disrupted.

If safe to do so you can still walk / run as part of your training. The free aerobic and fitness classes that many instructors are posting online will also help to get you fit and ready for the 16 mile challenge. Or why not take part in our ‘Climb Everest’ Challenge in preparation!

Thanks for your support.

 

About the challenge

Charity Link launched the ‘Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge’ in 2016.

The challenge raises vital funds to buy items such as food, clothing, beds and cookers, to help ensure that all local people have a decent standard of living, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they are facing.

Be part of the next Leicestershire 3 Peaks team making strides to help local families living in desperate need!

The challenge takes in the two highest peaks in Leicestershire – Beacon Hill (814ft) and Bardon Hill (912ft), along with the famous Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, plus a few other hills along the way!

This is a unique route, designed by Charity Link, and those who have taken part have loved seeing some parts of the Leicestershire countryside that they never ever knew about! It is a tough 16.5 mile (approx!) trek with fields, woodland and even quarries, but with a bit of training, Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks should be suitable for most.

Each challenger is given a detailed route map on the day and the challenge begins and ends at Bradgate Park. The route* includes Broombriggs Farm Country Park, Beacon Hill, Charley Woods, Bardon Hill, Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve, Hill Hole Nature Reserve.

It is generally a ‘power walk’ – rather than a leisurely countryside amble (you need to earn your sponsorship money after all!) which will give you a great sense of achievement at the end and you will also see some amazing and in some cases rarely seen parts of the Leicestershire countryside (we know this as we often have to hack down the undergrowth before the walk!).

However, challengers make the event their own – some supporters have taken part each year and go out looking to beat their personal best and therefore choose not to stop at our refreshment stops or take a break for a sandwich.  Others enjoy a coffee and brownie stop at Bawdon Lodge Farm and have a few minutes break for lunch (usually at the top of Bardon Hill).

Most challengers are finished by 4pm / 4.30pm and our support team at the finish-line will be there until 5pm to provide your water, nibbles, a medal, certificate and glass of bubbly to celebrate your achievement and your supporters and more than welcome to cheer you home.

Prizes include ‘the first home’ and ‘biggest team contribution’ and of course our new Corporate Team Challenge Cup! 

Running the challenge
Each year we’ve had a number of runners taking on the challenge – which is tough as the terrain is so varied and the course needs navigation – but that’s why previous runners have loved the experience so much! Could you beat the current Charity Link Leicestershire 3 Peaks record of 2 hrs and 21 minutes?!  If you plan to run the challenge, complete your registration as normal but please let us know that you are running and give us an idea how long you expect it to take you to run the route so that we can make our support team aware and so we are ready at the finish-line!

Dogs

We love having dogs (with well behaved owners!) who are up to the challenge come along.  We do go through areas with livestock so please do ensure your dog is under control / on a lead and that you clear up after him/her.  Please do let us know if you intend to bring your dog with you on the challenge so that we can make sure we have enough doggie goodie-bags at the finish-line (kindly sponsored by Bruno’s Dog Hotel)!

Watch our video of Blaze and Indie as they talk about why they’d like more four legged friends to join them on this year’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge. Click here to watch …

Support from the business community 
We would also love to hear from local businesses who may be interested in supporting the event. We have a number of support and sponsorship opportunities. Contact rachel.markham@charity-link.org for more information.

Be part of the support team
If taking part in the challenge itself is not for you, why not consider being part of the support team? We need people to act as marshals, to cheer our walkers on, to give out medals and goodie bags at the end of the walk etc.  If you may be willing to help, please get in touch – email rachel.markham@charity-link.org 

What’s it like?!
Hear what previous Challengers, Georgia, Jeff and Simon said about the challenge.  You can also find out how our record holder, Graham Grewcock, found the experience here.

You can also visit our Facebook page for lots of photos from previous events.

*Route subject to change

The 2019 event:

We had 100 Challengers take part and everyone got home – the first being Graham from Taylor Hobson who set a new course record of 2 hours 21 minutes!

The winners of our first ever Corporate Team Challenge and holders of the Challenge Cup were ‘One Tentacle Loose’ – a team from Octopus Energy in Leicester.  Thanks to all the other teams who entered our Corporate Team Challenge, including Regional Recruitment, Deli France Wigson, Reynolds (Red Hot Chilli Steppers), Freeths, AMS Charitable Foundation, Taylor Hobson and Glen Dental.

A special mention to Siyana from Glen Dental who at 11 years old is our youngest ever challenger.

Well over £10,000 was raised.

Visit our Facebook page for lots of photos of the day.