A Challenge Event is a walk mostly on footpaths and other Public Rights of Way (PROWs), across open fields and moors, avoiding tarmac as much as possible. The challenge is to the individual, e.g. 30 miles in 10 hours, it 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, 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 events have checkpoints, many with refreshments but it is essential to carry water and some energy-giving food of your choice. Many events have a ‘Marshals Walk’ a week or two before the main event and this gives members of the Group running the event a chance to do 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 events (Kanters using a series of Grid references are an exception) and, for longer distances, will be sent out (s.a.e. needed) before the day. Usually participants 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 Events from this site – event pages will increasingly include clickable purchase links and map links to show where events start and finish.
Local groups host regular Group Walks, led by one of their experienced members, often encompassing a pub or cafe stop for socialising. They vary in length between 15 - 25 miles, depending on the season and offer both a challenge and a chance to explore new areas, whilst making new friends. The pace of these walks will depend on the persons taking part but are normally brisk and a guide time for the whole walk will often be found in the walk detail..
Where the 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’.
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:
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|