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Challenge Events


A rolling calendar of Challenge Events organised by both the LDWA and non-LDWA taking place throughout the UK over the next 6-8 months is published in each issue of Strider, whilst also available on the LDWA website to View as a Map or to View as a List.

An entrant at an LDWA EventA Challenge Event is a walk mostly on public footpaths and other public rights of way (PROWs), across the likes of open fields, on forestry tracks, riverside paths, hills and moorland, avoiding tarmac as much as possible. The challenge is to the individual, e.g., 30 miles in 10 hours, and is NOT a race. The distances include at least one option over 20 miles - commonly 25, 26.2 (Marathon) - with walks over 50 miles, e.g., 62 miles (100 kilometres) in 26 hours, giving qualification for the LDWA’s ‘flagship’ Event, The Hundred, held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in a different part of the country each year, namely, a hundred miles in 48 hours, with a limit of 500 participants.

All challenge events have checkpoints, many with refreshments, but it is essential to carry water and some energy-giving food of your choice. A lot of challenge events have a ‘Marshals' Walk’ a week or two before the main event; this gives members of the organising group an opportunity to also enjoy the event (complete with certificate and badge as appropriate) before helping at a checkpoint on the day itself. A route description is available on most challenge events (Kanters using a series of Grid references are an exception) and, for longer distances, will be available to download before the day. Usually, participants, amongst other essential items, are expected to carry the relevant OS map(s) for the area and a compass and to know how to use them. You can now buy OS maps for challenge events from this site – event pages will increasingly include clickable purchase links and map links to show where challenge events start and finish.

LDWA local groups also host regular Group Walks, led by one of their experienced members, and generally varying in length between 15-25 miles. You can find out more by clicking here.

Where the challenge events pages of Strider show ‘SEF accepted’ the Standard Entry Form may be used, but do check on special conditions, e.g. ‘lambing season, guide dogs only allowed’, etc.

Using the Interactive Maps

The event pages use interactive maps built upon an Open Source library called OpenLayers. A number of controls are available to help navigate around these maps:

Pan Control The Pan control can be used to move the map up, down, left or right. Alternatively you can move the map around by left clicking your mouse on it and holding it as you drag it around.
Zoom Control The Zoom control can be used for zooming the map in or out. Zooming the map in will show larger scale maps and zooming it out will show smaller scale maps. The scale of maps, number of available zoom levels and the starting display level may differ depending on what the map is being used for.
Challenge Event Marker This marker is used to show the Challenge Events. Clicking on one of these markers will bring up a box showing details of the event. Clicking on the event name will take you to the corresponding event page.
Group Walk Marker This marker is used to show the Group Walks. Clicking on one of these markers will bring up a box showing details of the walk. Clicking on the walk name will take you to the corresponding event page.
Other Walking Event Marker This marker is used to show the Other Walking Events. Clicking on one of these markers will bring up a box showing details of the event. Clicking on the event name will take you to the corresponding event page.
Accommodation Marker This marker is used to show a Group Accommodation location. Clicking on one of these markers will bring up a box showing the name of the accommodation and its type. Clicking on the accommodation name will take you to the corresponding accommodation page.

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