Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2019

The 3rd Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2019: 28 miles


                     London’s skyline from Parliament Hill





Launched in 2017, the Capital Challenge is a 28-mile urban challenge walk organised by the London Group to celebrate the capital. It passes through some of London's best open spaces including Royal Parks, Hampstead & Highgate, the Woodberry Wetlands, the River Lea, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and it includes some surprises along the way. The route is almost completely mud-free and passes a wide variety of shops and cafés along much of its length. There are 4 checkpoints, 2 with simple refreshments; the start & finish are at cafés close to public transport. 28 miles; 200 walkers only.

In 2019 the event is being held on Saturday 6th April 2019

Entries open on the 1st November 2018 and close on the 1st April 2019


Route Description/GPX file:

The 2019 route description can be downloaded in Word format here and in PDF format here.

The GPX file is available herePlease note it is the same to the routes used in 2017 and 2018, and thus will have a 2017 date.

The stormy weather meant that some sections had been closed for health and safety reasons in mid-March. We hope that these will be reopened in time for the challenge, but the GPX route with the detours necessitated by this can also be downloaded here, and we recommend also having this just in case.

Entry fees:

Members: £15 members

Non members: £25

Entry process:

Entry is online only, via SiEntries. Click here

Young people:

Participants aged between 11 and 16 years (inclusive) will be required to complete and bring with them to the event a completed copy of the parental consent form.
You can download a copy of this form by clicking here

Results and timings:

We will use electronic registration and tracking so that results can be published on the LDWA London website with split times immediately after the event. All finishers receive a certificate of completion.


The Capital Challenge is organised by Jean O’Reilly.  

You can contact her at this email:

Route Map:

The 2019 route map will be available in March 2019.  In the meantime, the very similar 2018 route map is available below. 

You can scroll in and out on the map below to view the route in detail (arrows on the route are at 1 mile intervals - hover mouse over to see more details
(NB this is the 2017 route - minor details may change for 2019, so please check back to this web-page closer to the date)


IFinal overview map
(2018 route):
Easter eggs in grass
Capital Challenge 2018 - overview map
(NOTE: To be used in conjunction with the Route Description document)
You can also click the links below to view zoomable interative maps of the route (note they may take a second or two to load):

Click here to view Capital Challenge interactive map on Google Earth
Click here to view Capital Challenge interactive map on Open Topo Map (near-OS 1:25k)