20th Founders' Challenge, Saturday 8th October 2016

This is the portal from where you can find out everything you need to know about the 2016 Founders' challenge


Event completed!
Results are in!

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Photos from the event here (more to follow later):
(Courtesy of Peter Aylmer, Hazel Stokes and Nigel Barraclough)


For the 20th year London LDWA will again organise this classic off-road challenge walk through the spectacular Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Surrey Hills.

This is your opportunity to remember the founders of the LDWA, Chris Steer, Alan and Barbara Blatchford, by visiting the beautiful locations associated with them: Blatchford Down, Steer’s Field, Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel, Pitch Hill Toposcope and the old Peaslake Post Office.

The routes, on good footpaths and tracks, offer a wonderful mixture of autumnal forest and downland. In 2015, one-quarter of participants’ fees were donated to local countryside charities. Together with the welcome provided at checkpoints and fine food at the finish, these elements combine to make the Founders Challenge a memorable day out.

This page is the jumping-off point from where you can find out about the Founders' Challenge and manage your entry.
There are a number of sub-sections which address the most important aspects of the event.


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


or by phone at:

07891 196930


Marshals' hike

There is also a Marshals' hike on Saturday 17 September - to find out more, go to the "Volunteering" page


Find out more

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

  1. Background to the Founders' challenge
  2. Details of the 2016 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


To whet your appetites, here is a great set of photos (with captions) taken along the routes:


And all the fun of the fair!   Getting ready to set out on a previous year's Founders challenge