Information for registered challengers

Thank you so much for taking part in this unique challenge. Each challenger raising £100 will help to provide £500 of essential items for local people living in desperate need.  You are making a huge difference – thank you!

The more you raise the more vital items we can provide.

  • Details of setting up online sponsorship pages can be found on our website
  • Details of how you can pay in the funds you raise can be found below

 

Event day!

Starting out

 

  • Our sign-in table / support team will be located in the Hunts Hill Car Park of Bradgate Park (near to the park entrance) from 8.30am on Sunday 23rd Please arrive between 8.30am – 9.00am to sign in and collect your entry pack.
    • Hunts Hill (Old John) car park LE6 0AH (off Sharpley Hill/Warren Hill and opposite turn into Benscliffe Road).
  • Bradgate Park Trust asks us encourage challengers to get lifts to the park or to car-share if possible. If you do park the charge is currently £4 for the day.  Parking machines do not accept cards so you will need to bring change with you.
  • Once signed in with us, please make your way down into the park itself (there are toilets to the left hand side just before you enter through the main wooden gates). This is where we depart from. There will be a quick briefing at 9.15am and some photos will be taken before we are sent on our way by Ozzy O’Shea, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council and Charity Link Patron at 9.30am sharp. (Please let us know beforehand if you do not wish to be in any photographs, which may be used for promotional purposes).

 

The route

It’s great to see supporters around the route. If supporters want to cheer you on, this is a guide to our route…

  • Start from inside Bradgate Park by the main wooden gates with Old John at our backs (look out for the Leicestershire 3 Peaks Flags).
  • We exit Bradgate Park and make our way through Lindgale Golf Course on to Broombriggs Farm County Park, Beacon Hill, Cattens Rough, Bawdon Lodge (for a quick refreshment stop) on to Charley Woods, Bardon Hill, Billa Barra, Olde Cliffe Hill Quarry, Hill Hole Nature Reserve and Cover Cloud Wood – to name but a few!
  • We return into Bradgate Park via the Newtown Linford entrance and walk up to the peak of Old John Tower, before descending down to the finish point – back to where we started!
  • Most people complete the challenge in around 6 / 7 hours depending on pace and how many stops they take to admire the scenery!
    • If you know you will definitely be running / walking at much faster pace or if you feel you are likely to take a while longer, it would be great if you could let us know and we will make our support team aware
  • Limited route markers / stickers are placed where possible.  However, due to the nature of the walk, we can’t place these throughout.  Therefore please do pay attention to the map you will be given.  We will also have a tail-walker bringing up the rear!
  • Approximate finish time for most people will be around 4.30pm
  • Our support team will be at the finish line until approximately 5.30pm

 

Toilets

There are toilets at Bradgate Park (at the start/finishing point and also as we re-enter the park at Newtown Linford).  There are also toilets at the top of Beacon Hill.  The Queens Head pub at Markfield also kindly allows walkers to use their facilities.

 

Pit stops

There are some quick pit stops en-route if you wish to take advantage, including in between Beacon Hill and Bardon Hill thanks to Bawdon Lodge Farm (where you can get a coffee and a brownie) and, thanks to Claire from Full Square Printing,  you can top up water and grab a drink / nibbles at a couple of points along the route.  However, we do recommend you bring the food and drink you require to get you round the challenge.  Most challengers eat something on their way round or have a quick stop for a sandwich and to admire the view at Bardon Hill.

 

What to bring

Consult your event info pack and check out the weather forecast – water-proofs or sun-cream may be the order of the day.  Whatever the weather we do recommend long sleeves / long trousers as some of the route can be overgrown with nettles / brambles.  Spare change is always useful, as is a basic first aid kit, including plasters.

 

The finish

  • Please ensure you sign back in with the Charity Link team after you have descended Old John so we know you have arrived safely.
  • Pick up your medal (kindly sponsored by Charnwood Accountants) and goodie bag and grab a well-deserved glass of bubbly or juice
  • There is a bottle of bubbly for the first challenger home (the current record is 2 hours 57 minutes!)

 

Final notes

  • Please follow the countryside code throughout.
  • In places it is necessary to walk on verges / on the road.  Please take extra care.
  • We may walk through fields with livestock.  Please ensure you close gates.
  • Bardon Hill is a working quarry. Please pay attention to signs and keep to paths.
  • The Charity Link team will carry basic first aid provisions.  If you do experience a problem en-route, please contact a member of the team or phone for assistance (details will be included on your entry number given on the day).  A member of the team at Green Box First Aid Training will also be taking part in the challenge.

 

Last minute tips

  • Make sure you’ve walked in your boots or shoes well beforehand (boots are recommended for ankle support as often ground is uneven).
  • If the ground is wet and you are not sure if your boots are waterproof, plastic bags over your socks can work really well in keeping your feet dry!
  • Ideally walk parts of the route beforehand and get used to countryside walking if this is new to you (walking though fields, up and down hills etc.).
  • Try going up and down a couple of steps at home for a period of time to get your legs used to this as it’s not just the distance, but the stepping up and down on uneven ground, which can be testing.
  • As highlighted in our information pack, the walk is testing but should also be suitable for those of reasonable health and fitness who have undertaken some training.  Please ensure you feel fit and able to take part on the day and seek medical advice beforehand if necessary.

 

Paying in the money you raise:

  • Cheques (made payable to Charity Link):
    • Bring with you on the day and give to our support team or post after the event to:
      • 3 peaks, Charity Link, 20A Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN
    • BACS Transfer: To transfer funds electronically, please reference your name and ‘3 peaks’.  Our sort code is 30- 94-97 and our account number is 03253310.   Please let us know the date your do the transfer and the amount (to rmarkham@charity-link.org) so we can acknowledge safe receipt.
  • Cash – Visit us during office hours at 20A Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN before / after the event. If it is necessary to bring cash with you on the day of the challenge, please ensure you receive a receipt from a member of the Charity Link team).
  • (Funds raised via online sponsorship pages, such as JustGiving.com, come directly to us).

We ask for the funds you raise to be given to Charity Link within a month of the challenge so that we can announce a grand total and put your efforts to good use!

 

 

Finally, thanks again for taking part in this unique challenge to help change the lives of local people in hardship and crisis.  We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!