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 – if you’ve missed these you can read below as these give some key details /helpful information.

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 morning and you will be provided with your map, event number and t-shirt! If you do have any questions , 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 24th September – after this time contact numbers can be found below).

The Route

  • We start from Bawdon Lodge Farm –  (Nanpantan Road ,Nanpantan, Loughborough, LE12 9YE )  If you have joined us for the Challenge before, please note this is a different start point (so do not head to Bradgate Park!) If you are not sure how to get to the venue, please find details here or visit the Farm website.
  • We exit the first and make our way to Charley Woods  and to the biggest peak – Barden Hill.
  • We pass through Billa Barra, Hill Hole, Bradgate Park (Old John Tower – 2nd peak), Lindgale Golf Course, Broombriggs Farm County Park, Beacon Hill (3rd peak), Cattens Rough and back to finish at Bawdon Lodge Farm
  • 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)
  • Please do pay attention to the detailed map you will be given.  This is half of the fun of our unique challenge! We will also have a tail-walker bringing up the rear to help ensure no one gets lost!  Please also note that there can be other organised walks happening on the same day, so also please make sure you are not following signs for a different event or people who are not walking our route!
  • 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 when we need to exit the farm.

Timings

8.30am – 9.00am: Register with our support team at Bawdon Lodge Farm, 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

5.30pm – finish

Toilets

There is a toilet at Bawdon Lodge Farm and then at Bradgate Park (at Newtown Linford and Hunts Hill) and also near the top of Beacon Hill.  (Also at The Queens Head pub at Markfield thanks to the support of Les and the team there).

Pit stops

Whilst we recommend you bring enough drink / food to get you round the course, thanks to our amazing supporters you can also take advantage of some refreshment stops, including:

  • Bardon Hill: The team from Aggregate Industries (who are also participating in the event) are kindly hosting a supporter / refreshment area just after you come down off peak one, Bardon Hill
  • Hunts Hill Bradgate Park Car Park – those who have taken part before will remember the lovely  ‘Claire in a camper van’!  Claire runs Full Square Printing, one of Charity Link’s Proud Business Supporters, and always supports this event.  You can get a drink, sausage roll and sweet treat to recharge you after Old John and as you head towards the last peak!

The finish

  • Once you’ve passed the finish line, please ensure you sign back in with the Charity Link team after you have so we know you have arrived safely (and also to pick up your medal, goodie bag, water bottle (thanks to Everything Branded) and grab a well deserved glass of bubbly or juice!).
  • Our current challenge record is 2 hours 57 minutes but this time the route is done in a different order – so who knows what the winning team will be! There is a bottle of bubbly for the first challenger home (not part of our Corporate Team Competition)
  • We will also be presenting our Team Cup – kindly supported by Steven Mather Solicitor. This will be presented to the first home with four team members.
  • Don’t forget to let us know if you have a four-legged friend with you – thanks to NFU Mutual Market Harborough they receive a goodie bag at the finishline too!
  • Huge thanks to Matt Glover Photography for supporting us again to capture the event
  • If weather allows,  ABP Drones will be lending their support to help capture those special finish-line moments

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.
  • 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,  We recommend long trousers as there can be nettles / brambles.
  • 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! Cut your toe nails
  • 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.

COVID-19 precautions

·         Please DO NOT attend if you have COVID or any symptoms or if you should be self-isolating

·         Our support team will be taking a lateral flow test prior to the Challenge and we strongly encourage you to do the same (if this is not possible please check your temperature is 37.8 or less)

·         We’ll have hand sanitiser available (which our support team will be using frequently) and also recommend that you bring your own to use frequently

·         We ask you to complete your emergency details on the back of your name bib and recommend you bring your own pen for this

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

Online fundraising pages

You can find the event at Justgiving.com  – you can pick this event and simply set up your own fundraising page linked to our Leicestershire  3 Peaks event listing here.

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’.  We are Leicester Charity Organisation Society and 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 26th September!