FAQs

General

Fundraising

Event Day

General

COVID-19 Update - Why has the 2021 event been postponed? What will happen to my place? What happens if I can't make the new dates?

Walking With The Wounded is taking our responsibilities to respond to Coronavirus – Covid 19 - very seriously and therefore have made the decision to move the event from May to September 2021.

The well-being of the participants, our volunteers and our staff is paramount. 

The ex-servicemen and women we support still need our support and their challenges cannot be delayed by our biggest one-day fundraising event.  

We hope that by moving the event to September 2021 an opportunity will be provided for more people to take part, raising more funds for those who served and their families and bring safe business to Cumbria. 

Anyone with a team entry for 2020 or May 2021 will have a team entry for September 2021, and will have the opportunity to take part in a training walk with their team, a mountain guide and a beneficiary, in either the Lake District or Peak district (please email tom.grimshaw@wwtw.org.uk to register your interest).

If any of your team are unable to make the new date in 2021 you can sub them in or out. 

Unfortunately, the entry fee is non-refundable. If the whole team is unable to attend we ask you to kindly find colleagues or friends to fill your boots and to transfer your team to them. For any advice on how to do this, or challenges, please email tom.grimshaw@wwtw.org.uk. 

Read more: https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/Home/News/432

Walking With The Wounded will issue a full set of Covid-19 guidelines before the event, which must be adhered to at all times by all participants. 

Where are the 2019 results?

Please click here: Cumbrian Challenge results 2019

What are the routes?

See details of the routes and how to pick the right one for you.

How can I make changes to my team / update or amend team members details?

We know that you might be fitter or fatter than you intended come May, so you can switch your route choice up until two weeks before the event.

To change your team's route choice the team leader must log into their account.

If you have any issues please email viveca@wwtw.org.uk or call 01263 863 902.

Where is the Live Tracker?

A new link will be sent out in the month before the event. To see last year's example please go to our Open Tracking page: http://live.opentracking.co.uk/cumbrianchallenge19/

You can follow each team's progress around the route and it also includes a link to each team's fundraising page so friends, family and colleagues can follow you and donate. This is a great opportunity  

I haven’t had any emails about final details for the event?

We send regular countdown emails so if you haven’t received any then something has gone awry. Please email viveca@wwtw.org.uk to let us know.

What are the event timings?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the look and feel of this year's event. Your safety is our overriding priority and we are therefore planning a socially distanced and Covid secure event. Exact event timings will be released closer to the time by Walking With The Wounded and will be emailed to all participants. 

How do I book camping?

To book camping:

1. Login to your Cumbrian Challenge profile (top right of the page)

2. Click on 'My dashboard'.

3. Follow your nose to 'Camping'.

It is £25 per person for the weekend (Fri & Sat night inclusive). The same applies for camper vans which are welcome. 

No cars are allowed in the camping area itself for obvious safety reasons but campervans can park very close to it. 

Who needs to be at registration?

Walking With The Wounded will contact all participants in advance of the Cumbrian Challenge to notify you of the registration process for this years event. Your safety is our overriding priority and therefore we will be running a socially distanced and Covid secure registration process. 

What happens at registration?

Teams sign in and receive their race numbers, maps of the route and free WWTW tech t-shirts to wear during the challenge and a Cumbrian Challenge wristband to get their meals.

I can’t make registration – is that an issue?

Yes - you will not be able to take part in the event without registering, as for safety reasons we must be able to account for all of our participants. If you are unavoidably delayed to the event then please contact the Walking With The Wounded Event Manager urgently on 07761 747029. 

Can I have a team of 2 or 5 or more?

No. The event is for teams of 3 or 4. This means that if one of your teammates gets hurt, one person can stay with them and one person can go for help.

If you have more than four people wanting to enter then please try and recruit another team of 3.

This will be more sociable for you and bring in more fundraising for the cause. Win win.

If you are short of teammates then do contact the office as we always have other teams who have had people pull out, or sometimes WWTW staff help make up numbers.

Please note the fundraising target and team entry fee are the same for teams of 3 or 4. You can change your team members or add a fourth team member any time until two weeks before the event.

Fundraising

How do I set up my team’s fundraising page?

Your personal and team fundraising page are created automatically in the sign up process and will appear on the leaderboards on the homepage so you can see what others are doing to generate donations.

The team captain will 'own' the team page which will show each member of the team, will link to their individual page and show your combined total.

Please note – research has shown that adding a fundraising target can increase donations by 46%. Be brave and tell people your goal. Participants with photos on their pages also raise 9% more and adding a summary or story as to why you are personally taking part can increase donations by 11%. Essentially, a personal touch will make a difference and if your friends and colleagues can see where you need to get to target wise it is another prompter to them to give generously.

Can I order a packed lunch?

Yes. Please email Hilary on argillhouse@gmail.com if you would like to order a packed lunch including your choices by no later than 12 noon Thursday 1st October.

Packed Lunches for participants, to be collected at the catering area of the main marquee from 7am Saturday 3rd October.

Sandwiches using Wholemeal Bloomer Bread (1 ½ rounds)
Fillings Choice: Tuna Savoury, Egg Savoury, Ham, Cheese and Tomato (Choose 1 Filling)
Piece of Fruit
Bag of Crisps Various flavours (Choose 1)
Paradise Slice or Flapjack (Choose 1)
Sweet Treat
Bottle of Water or Carton of Orange Juice (Choose 1)

All wrapped and placed in a bag ready for collection

£8 per Packed Lunch (cash only on receipt)

How much do our team need to raise?

Teams are challenged to raise £2,000 with at least £1,000 in before the event to be able to take part - all on a best endeavours basis. If you have any concerns or worries then call us for ideas and ways you can easily work together to achieve this.

Figures to inspire you:

£988 could fund a course of therapy, giving a veteran the tools to support their mental health needs now and in the future - Head Start

£1,000 could fund an academic term of an employment course, enabling a veteran to gain a crucial skill or civilian qualification which will lead to sustainable employment - employment programme

I need to add/remove a team member. How do I do this?

If you are a team captain, log in to your page and visit the team dashboard. From here, you can view your team members.

To remove a team member, simply click 'remove'. To add a team member, copy the invite link at the bottom of the 'Team Member' page (please not that if your team already has the maximum of 4 team members, you will need to remove a member before another can be added).

If you need to change the team captain, please contact tom.grimshaw@wwtw.org.uk

Where can I find more fundraising tips?

Please download our fundraising pack. Sell donuts in your office, hold a ‘come dine with me’ evening, a quiz, a sweepstake, a raffle,ask your work about matched funding… Here’s how to get your first £50.

Where can I get a sponsorship form?

I’m struggling with fundraising, can you help?

Yes. If you have any worries please call 01263 863 902 and ask for Viveca.

What do I do with cash or cheque donations or money raised from a Facebook fundraiser?

CASH - If you are given cash (or a cheque payable to you) you can pay this in direct to your Cumbrian Challenge page. Visit the home page, login, click the 'My Donations' tab and then click on 'Add offline donation'. You will be invited to input the amount and pay the amount in using your credit/debit card. 

CHEQUES – Please make payable to “Walking With The Wounded” and send to Walking With The Wounded, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED.

  • On the back of the cheque please write your name, team name and ‘Cumbrian Challenge’ so we can allocate it to your fundraising effort.

FACEBOOK FUNDRAISING - If you set one of these up, please send a link to tom.grimshaw@wwtw.org.uk with the name of your team so we know it is intended to be part of your Cumbrian Challenge fundraising.  WWTW will receive the money automatically from Facebook one month after the Facebook Fundraiser has ended.

GIFT AID - Please do encourage anyone donating to you offline (by cheque or cash) to download a Gift Aid Form, to ensure we can claim an extra 25% on their generous donation. For more information on Gift Aid visit: www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm

We will then add any of these funds (cash paid into our bank/cheques/Facebook fundraising) to your fundraising page on the Cumbrian Challenge website.  

If you have any issues please call Tom or Viveca on 01263 863 902.

Do you accept CAF cheques?

Yes. Please address them to Walking With The Wounded. Write your name, team and Cumbrian Challenge on the back and send it to: Katie Dagless, WWTW, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED.

We will then add this amount to your Cumbrian Challenge page. 

Where does the money go?

The money you so generously raise funds our programmes supporting vulnerable veterans back into independence through employment. Every £2,000 on average supports another veteran into work.

Event day

What do I need to wear?

Check out the kit list. The weather in the Lakes is very changeable, the temperature will drop by a degree every 100m you climb and with wind chill can be significantly colder. This year there will be a limited number of kit checks by our staff to ensure your safety and satisfy our insurers but we trust you to take appropriate clothing with you.

What are the t-shirt sizes?

  • XS 35″
  • S 38″
  • M 40″
  • L 43″
  • XL 45″
  • 2XL 48″

Is accommodation included?

No. There is limited amount of camping at the event ground..

We kindly ask participants to arrange their own accommodation as unfortunately we do not have the time to help everyone with these requests.

I’m camping at HQ, are there showers?

There are men's and women's changing rooms with hot showers in the sports pavilion which are reserved exclusively for campers as well as toilet and wash facilities.

I’m camping, do I have to bring my own tent?

Yes. There are toilet trailers, showers, changing rooms and wash sinks. Everything else you need to bring.

Where can I find a decent weather forecast?

How fit/fast do I need to be?

For an indication of the pace you need to be able to walk at, and the routes you will be covering, have a look at our route page.

Are dogs welcome?

Yes. Well behaved(!) dogs are welcome. They need to be kept on a lead in any areas with livestock and are the responsibility of the owner at HQ. Please ask a volunteer if you need a water bowl.

Where is the nearest good pub?

There are a host of fine pubs in Grasmere – but we hope you join us on Friday and Saturday in the event village to meet WWTW staff, beneficiaries and other teams. There will be food and a cheap bar. For Sunday lunch any of the local pubs are excellent.

Is the course marshalled? Do I need to be able to map read?

All this information is on our route page.

What food is given to competitors?

Friday and Saturday evening buffet meals. Bacon rolls for Saturday breakfast and afternoon tea and cake. Please note you need to provide your own packed lunch and emergency snacks for the hill itself.

Where can I park?

You can part at the event ground and leave your car overnight on Friday and Saturday at your own risk. Usual common sense rules apply. Please don’t leave valuables in the car and please comply with all requests by our volunteers.

Is it true you get a beer at the finish line?

Yes, thanks to Adnams in 2016, in 2017 thanks to Keswick Brewing Co. who have brewed a special ‘Cumbrian Challenge’ beer and in 2018 thanks to Heineken.

Is there a free bar?

No. There’s a reasonably priced bar on the Friday and Saturday with various beers, wine and soft drinks. All profit to the charity. 

I’ve got a friend/family member who wants to come along, can they join us at HQ?

The race is strictly teams of four but friends/family are welcome at the event HQ. We just need to know numbers in advance and they will need to purchase an event wristband (a donation of £25 to the charity by calling the office on 01263 863 902) to cover their food and entertainment for the weekend.

Can I volunteer?

If you can’t take part and want to volunteer, or are coming along to support a colleague or family member and want to help out then please email viveca@wwtw.org.uk.

Can I buy WWTW kit?

Yes, there will be a small merchandise stand selling hats, tech t-shirts, waterproof jackets and fleeces or you can visit our online shop in advance.

What happens if I need to pull out?

Each year we inevitably have a few teams which need to pull out from the Cumbrian Challenge in advance, because of injury or illness. The entry fee is non-refundable or transferable. Please take care during your training to pace yourself and build up distances slowly to avoid the risk of injury.

More questions? Please email viveca@wwtw.org.uk or call us on 01263 863 902.

Is there a kit list?

Yes! There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit. Please see our KIT LIST for compulsory and recommended kit.

If you are warm and dry, or not dehydrated and sunburnt, you will have a significantly more enjoyable experience.