Information for registered challengers

Thank you so much for taking part in this unique challenge.

We email many details to those registered in the run up to the event, but key details /helpful information are included below (please note, there are no registrations on the day, so if you do wish to take part in the challenge, please make sure you register before noon on Thursday 19th September).

You may want to remind yourself of what is to come by reading the event pack here.

Challengers won’t receive anything in the post (such as an entry number) prior to the event – simply sign in with us on challenge day and you will be provided with your map, event number etc. If you do have any questions at any point, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel at Charity Link by email rachel.markham@charity-link.org or by calling 0116 222 2218 (until 3pm on Friday 20th September – after this time contact numbers can be found below).

The Route

  • Start from inside Bradgate Park by the main wooden gates with Old John at our backs
  • We exit Bradgate Park and make our way through Lindgale Golf Course on to Broombriggs Farm County Park, Beacon Hill, Cattens Rough, Bawdon Lodge Farm (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 or they sometimes get removed which is outside our control.  Therefore please do pay attention to the detailed 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 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Our support team will be at the finish line until approximately 5.30pm

**Please note:  We have been made aware that another event organised by Nanpantan Scouts is taking place on the same day and there is some overlap with the route.  It is therefore even more important that you consult your map and do not presume that people in front of you are on the same challenge.  Do not follow signage other than that for the Leicestershire 3 Peaks (blue stickers) !**

 

Timings

8.30am – 9.00am: Register with our support team in the Hunts Hill car park of Bradgate Park*, pick up your map and entry number

9.15am: Gather for a short safety briefing and photos before we start at 9.30am sharp  (let us know if you don’t want to be included in any photos)

3.30pm – 4.30pm Main group likely to finish

 

Parking at Bradgate

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.

*Bradgate Park – Hunts Hill (Old John) car park – LE6 0AH (off Sharpley Hill / Warren Road and opposite turn into Benscliffe Road)

 

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 and there are limited facilities at Bawdon Lodge Farm.  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 Billa Barra.  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.

 

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 (and also to pick up your medal, goodie bag and grab a well deserved glass of bubbly or juice)
  • Our current challenge record is 2 hours 57 minutes. There is a bottle of bubbly for the first challenger home (not part of our Corporate Team Competition)
  • We will also be presenting our Corporate Team Competition Cup for the first time. This will be presented to the company first home with four team members.  If you are part of the  Corporate Team Competition, please highlight this to our support team who will be keeping a record of entrants

 

Final notes

  • Read through the event pack to remind yourself what is to come!!
  • Please ensure you have completed a medical / disclaimer form and returned this to us prior to challenge day
  • Let us know if you are bringing a dog with you on the challenge (so we make sure we have enough doggie-goodie bags (kindly sponsored by Bruno’s Dog Hotel)
  • Check the weather the day before the challenge and be prepared (you may need sunscreen, cap, waterproofs etc.). We recommend you also bring a first aid kit (including plasters), small change,
  • Ensure you have a comfy, tested pair of walking boots (ideally – they help support your ankles) or shoes.
  • 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 and keep dogs on leads.
  • 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).
  • 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! Bring an extra pair of socks just in case!
  • 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.

 

 

Contact details:

 

Susan McEniff – Charity Link  (walking on the day) 07792 267160 / susan.mceniff@charity-link.org

 

Rachel Markham – Charity Link  (walking on the day) 07960070553   / rachel.markham@charity-link.org (for queries until 3pm on Friday)

 

Jim Munton – Charity Link (support on the day) – available for contact on the day if required @ 07969 006398

 

 

 

 

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 22nd September!