A reasonable level of fitness is required. You will cover about 15 miles each day, with a ‘challenge’ every mile or so. You can walk, or maybe jog a little – there is no need to run between challenges.
A few challenges are physically very demanding, for example an obstacle course with climbing nets and zip wires. Other challenges will require dexterity, balance, co-ordination, teamwork and communication.
Yes, you need to be able to swim at least 25 metres and be confident in the water + mud!
This is not a problem! You will be staying in your own tent or tents, pitched on the North Kilworth Sportsground. This is not optional for the Saturday night, as it is part of the Challenge. However, you are welcome to arrive to pitch your tent from Friday morning onwards, and you can stay the Friday and Sunday nights too if you would like to.
Running or walking shoes are a must- but don’t bring your shiny new ones!
Lightweight gloves for some challenges would be useful.
If it’s sunny, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen
If the forecast is not so good, bring several layers of clothing and a waterproof.
Plus, don’t forget the tent(s) and sleeping bag for your overnight stay.
Saturday breakfast – not provided
Saturday lunch- there will be a stopping point on the course (usually a village hall or a school) where lunch can be purchased for a small cost, or bring your own / ask family and friends to bring a picnic!
Saturday BBQ – provided as part of your team entry fee. Good selection of meats, salads and desserts. All cooked ready for you when you get back to base at the end of Day 1. Sorry this is not available to spectators, but food can be purchased from the Sports Club.
Sunday breakfast – provided in the Sports Club as part of your team entry fee
Sunday lunch – The Sports Club is open all day. Filled rolls and snacks are available to purchase by you and your family and friends. There is also a licensed bar. BBQ food is also available to purchase on Sunday afternoon.
There is a refreshing cold water hose adjacent to the tennis courts or, alternatively hot showers in the Sports Club.
Saturday start 7.00 am onwards. Your welcome pack will give your exact starting time.
Saturday finish 9.30pm , following the evening challenge.
Sunday start 7.00 am onwards. Your welcome pack will give your exact starting time.
Sunday finish approx 6.00pm following the presentation of prizes.
Yes, you will need to sign a waiver document, on the day of the event, which states that you are participating in a physical event where there is a risk of personal injury.
Yes, there are a team of qualified first aiders located around the course on both days of the event.
Yes, spectators are very welcome.
A map can be obtained from the Sports Club at North Kilworth showing those challenges which are accessible to spectators.
Car parking is available at the sports club or, if very busy, on the road outside.
Some events are on private land and not accessible to spectators. Everyone is requested to respect this.
Dogs are not allowed on the Sportsground, but they are permitted at most challenges. If in doubt, please check with one of the marshals.
If you have an alternative, just let us know at registration on the morning of the event.
If you do not have an alternative, please contact us and we will probably be able to put you in touch with someone looking for a team.
Not likely! The route changes every year and navigation is part of the challenge.