Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2019

The 3rd Capital Challenge, Saturday 6th April 2019: 28 miles


                     London’s skyline from Parliament Hill


Launched in 2017, the Capital Challenge is a 28-mile urban challenge walk organised by the London Group to celebrate the capital. It passes through some of London's best open spaces including Royal Parks, Hampstead & Highgate, the Woodberry Wetlands, the River Lea, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and it includes some surprises along the way. The route is almost completely mud-free and passes a wide variety of shops and cafés along much of its length. There are 4 checkpoints, 2 with simple refreshments; the start & finish are at cafés close to public transport. 28 miles; 200 walkers only.

In 2019 the event is being held on Saturday 6th April 2019

Entries open on the 1st November 2019 and close on the 1st April 2019


Route Description/GPX file:

The 2019 route description will be available in March 2019. In the meantime, the (very similar) 2018 route description can be downloaded on the link below. We recommend you carry a copy of the route description with you as it includes details of toilets, water points and places of interest passed on the way. Capital_Challenge_Route_Description_2018_Final.pdf

An updated GPX file will be available in March 2019. In the meantime, the (very similar) 2018 version can be downloaded here


Entry fees:

Members: £15 members

Non members: £25

Entry process:

Entry is online only, via SiEntries. Click here

Young people:

Participants aged between 11 and 16 years (inclusive) will be required to complete and bring with them to the event a completed copy of the parental consent form.
You can download a copy of this form by clicking here

Results and timings:

We will use electronic registration and tracking so that results can be published on the LDWA London website with split times immediately after the event. All finishers receive a certificate of completion.


The Capital Challenge is organised by Jean O’Reilly.  

You can contact her at this email:


In early 2019 the organizer will seek marshals to help with this event. All marshals will be invited to walk the route on Saturday 16th March 2019.  

Click here for more details.


Route Map:

The 2019 route map will be available in March 2019.  In the meantime, the very similar 2018 route map is avaiable below. 

You can scroll in and out on the map below to view the route in detail (arrows on the route are at 1 mile intervals - hover mouse over to see more details
(NB this is the 2017 route - minor details may change for 2018, so please check back to this web-page closer to the date)


IFinal overview map
(2018 route):
Easter eggs in grass
Capital Challenge 2018 - overview map
(NOTE: To be used in conjunction with the Route Description document)
You can also click the links below to view zoomable interative maps of the route (note they may take a second or two to load):

Click here to view Capital Challenge interactive map on Google Earth
Click here to view Capital Challenge interactive map on Open Topo Map (near-OS 1:25k)