***Latest news update – Tuesday 7th July 2020**
Do to the continued uncertainty regarding the pandemic it is unfortunately not possible for us to run our award-winning Leicestershire 3 Peaks in the usual way this year and we will really miss seeing everyone on the start line on the 27th September and walking with you.
However, more than ever we believe people need something positive to focus on and with an expected 40% loss in fundraising income this year due to the pandemic, is also vital that we raise funds in order to meet the increased need that we are experiencing.
We are therefore delighted to be launching Strides Apart 2020 – this year’s take on the event.
The event encourages you to take on your own 16 mile walking or running challenge – you”ll be given our usual Leicestershire 3 Peaks route so you can navigate round with the map if you wish – or you can come up with your own unique route in Leicestershire.
You can do all 16 miles in one day or split over a number of weekends. The event runs from Saturday 12th September – 27th September. Full details can be found here.
All those taking part receive an exclusive event t-shirt and entry pack and there are fun competitions and prizes to add to the experience.
We need your support more than ever and do hope you will get involved.
And we look forward to 2021 when our Leicestershire 3 Peaks will (fingers crossed!) be back bigger and better than ever!
CHARITY LINK’S LEICESTERSHIRE 3 PEAKS …
About our award-winning 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.
Most see it as more of a ‘power walk’ – rather than a leisurely countryside amble (you need to earn your sponsorship money after all!) – but you can take on the Challenge at your own pace. Whatever your finish time we are sure you will get 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!).
Challengers really 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 rest on the way round (many enjoy lunch 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. We always have a tail-walker so you’ll not be left behind.
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 few 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Find out what our first ever Corporate Team Challenge Cup holders, Octopus Energy, thought of the Challenge here.
You can also visit our Facebook page for lots of photos from previous events.
*Route subject to change
(Our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the 2020 East Midlands Charity Awards in the category of Best Fundraising Event)
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 £14,000 was raised.
Visit our Facebook page for lots of photos of the day.