Walking with the wounded lays down the challenge
To celebrate the fifth year of the event on 13 May 207, participants brave enough to take on the Tough and Tougher courses will head for ‘Hel’ and back, summiting Helvellyn, high above Grasmere with stunning views all around the Lake District from its peak at 950m – if the weather is kind once more.
There will be a special surprise awaiting walkers on the summit with a live TV stream to wave to loved ones and colleagues as part of a ‘summit selfie’ station, provided by Arquiva long-standing supporters of Walking With The Wounded.
The Tougher route will plunge down the stunning Swirral Edge into Patterdale before looping back round and up St Sunday Crag, a dramatic climb up to Fairfield and then back down to Grasmere over Great Rigg for tea and medals.
The Tough route will take a more direct route back from Helvellyn but still climb the mighty Fairfield after skirting the beautiful Grisedale Tarn.
This year’s Peak route will take teams up Steel Fell as a fantastic first taste of a Lakeland summit. Each team will make a real impact as every team signing up supporting a vulnerable veteran back into independence.
- Tougher route – 29km and 2,000m of ascent including the peaks of Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield and Great Rigg.
- Tough route – 23km, 1,500m of ascent including the peaks of Helvellyn, Fairfield and Great Rigg.
- Peak route – 16km, 600m of ascent including the peak of Steel Fell.
The event has grown every year and now features more than 150 teams of four and is aiming to raise £250,000 in 2017 to support more veterans with mental, physical or social injuries through the charity’s programmes and back into independence and employment.
In terms of fundraising – each team is challenged to work together to raise £1,000 and to try for £2,000, which would directly support a veteran back into work.
PRESENTING PARTNERS …
Thank you to the Lowther Estate, Rydal Estate, Lake District National Park Authority and the National Trust for their assistance in enabling us to run this challenge.