16th Founders' Challenge, Sunday 14th October 2012

In October each year we organise a 26 mile challenge event based at Peaslake in Surrey.

Click here for 2012 Founders Challenge 18 mile route map/trackfiles

Click here for 2012 Founders Challenge 26 mile route map/trackfiles



The event was first held in 1997, when it was called the Founders Jubilee Challenge. Tony Youngs devised the 26-mile route as a commemoration of the founding of the LDWA and the role of Alan Blatchford and Chris Steer in this. The route links various places connected to the origins of the LDWA in 1972: Blatchford Down, Steers Field, Tanners Hatch youth hostel, Pitch Hill and the old Peaslake Post Office. Tony was an excellent artist and his line drawings decorate the Founders' Challenge certificate. Entry to the event includes drinks and food at checkpoints, a light hot meal at the finish and certificate. Maximum number of entrants last year was 200 - 150 walkers and 50 runners.

Entries online or by post will be accepted from 1st April 2012.

Click here for online entry.  Or download the postal booking form with full details.  Email any queries to founderschallenge@ldwa.org.uk.

Route descriptions may be downloaded here:


 Mapping of the 26 mile route is here and the 18 mile route here, showing locations of the HQ, checkpoints and Founders sites.

GPS users click below, or for more trackfile options click here for the 26 mile and here for the 18 mile routes: