Founders' Background and history

On this page you can find out about the history and background to the 2015 Founders' challenge


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.

This year, the Founder's Challenge is being organised by Gordon Parker.   You can contact him at:

or by phone at:


07891 196930
NB: Gordon will be out of the country from 20th July - 29th August and again from 5th - 12th September 2015.   Between these dates, if possible please contact Gordon by email and only use the mobile number in case of urgency 

Find out more

For information on other topics, click the the appropriate links below:

Just click the the appropriate links below to find out about: 

  1. Go back to the Founders' overview page
  2. Details of the 2015 course routes with downloadable GPX files and overview maps and how to get to the start
  3. Entry fees, in advance, on-the-day, for members and non-members; and what you get in return
  4. How to sign up, and a link to the "SI Entries" system
  5. How to volunteer to help
  6. Contacting us for more information
  7. Results and report - to be published shortly after the event