Founders' Background and History

On this page you can find out about the history and background to the 2017 Founders' challenge


The event was first held in 1997, when it was called the Founders Jubilee Challenge.

Tony Youngs devised the 26-mile route as a commemoration of the founding of the LDWA and the role of Alan Blatchford and Chris Steer in this. The route links various places connected to the origins of the LDWA in 1972: Blatchford Down, Steers Field, Tanners Hatch youth hostel, Pitch Hill and the old Peaslake Post Office.

This year, the Founder's Challenge is being organised by Gordon Parker.   You can contact him at:

or by phone at: 

07891 196930


Find out more

Just click the the appropriate links below to find out about: 

  1. Go back to the Founders' overview page
  2. Details of the 2017 course routes with downloadable GPX files and overview maps and how to get to the start
  3. Entry fees, in advance, on-the-day, for members and non-members; and what you get in return
  4. How to sign up, and a link to the "SI Entries" system
  5. How to volunteer to help
  6. Contacting us for more information
  7. Results and report - to be published shortly after the event