21st Founders' Challenge, Saturday 14th October 2017
This is the portal from where you can find out everything you need to know about the 2017 Founders' challenge
For the 21st 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.
Enjoying the view towards Leith Hill - midway along the route - in 2016
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 2016, 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:
There is also a Marshals' hike on Saturday 9 September - to find out more, go to the "Volunteering" page
Find out more
Just click the the appropriate links below to find out about:
- Background to the Founders' challenge
- Details of the 2017 course routes with downloadable GPX files and overview maps and how to get to the start
- Entry fees, in advance, on-the-day, for members and non-members; and what you get in return
- How to sign up, and a link to the "SI Entries" system
- How to volunteer to help
- Contacting us for more information
- 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 on 2016's fantastic event:
(Courtesy of Peter Aylmer, Hazel Stokes and Nigel Barraclough)