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Taylor Wimpey Challenge 2017 FAQs

If you have any questions about the challenge before you register then the answer may well be here, and don't forget we'll give you lots more information once you have registered.

What are the dates of the challenge?

24 Peaks Teams will need to arrive in the Lake District in the evening of Thursday 18th May. Your challenge begins at 5am (excluding travel time to the start point) in the morning on Friday 19th May and ends in the late afternoon on Saturday 20th May. Teams are invited to the post event celebrations in Manchester, where you will be put up in a hotel so you can get a good night's sleep before heading home on Sunday 21st May.

Tizzie Wizzie Teams will need to arrive in the Lake District from 1pm of Friday 19th May.  Your challenge begins with an 'It's a Knockout' competition at 3pm that afternoon. Day 2 (Saturday 20th) will be a 5am start from the campsite.Teams are invited to the post event celebrations in Manchester, where you will be put up in a hotel so you can get a good night's sleep before heading home on Sunday 21st May.

How do we get to the Lake District?

All teams must arrive at the camp site together in one vehicle. You can travel up to the Lakes using public transport and hire a vehicle when you get there, or alternatively hire a vehicle and drive up from your Business Unit.  The start and finish points of the challenge are NOT in the same location and you will not be able to return to the campsite once you have finished the challenge, so all members of the team must travel together.

Do we need a support driver?

Yes! All teams (in both the 24 Peaks Challenge and the Tizzie Wizzie Challenge) must have a support driver. Support drivers will not be able to particpate in either day's walking activities although Tizzie Wizzie drivers can take part in the It's a Knockout competition. Support drivers will be required to drive 24 Peaks teams to the start point on day 1 and collect them from the finish point to take them back to camp.  On Day 2 they will be required to collect teams from the challenge finish point and transport them to Manchester for the celebrations. Some drivers will also be required to help collect and ferry teams throughout both days of the challenge.

How fit do I need to be to complete the challenge?

Day 1 is definitely the hardest walking day, so please bear this in mind when you are deciding which challenge your team should take part in.  The weekend is all about endurance.  So, you don't need to be the kind f person who hits the gym every night, but you must put some effort in to training.  There is nothing better than getting out for a few long walks, one of which should be at least 6 hours and ideally in the mountains.

We will send you a comprehensive training schedule with some key milestones you should have reached in preparation for your challenge.  You must consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your fitness or physical ability to undertake this challenge.

How many people are in a team?

Teams should be between 4 and 6 people plus a support driver

Where will I be staying?

Teams will be staying in Sykeside on a pop-up campsite.  Each team will have a tent between them to sleep in that will have been put up before you arrive. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat with you. On Saturday night you will be staying in a hotel in Manchester, details will be confirmed nearer the time.

Will I actually need walking poles and a headtorch?

- Yes! Every individual must have a head torch - it is a really early start on both days and is possible that you will set off before sunrise and return after sunset. If you don't have a torch with you we may have to ask your team to finish the challenge early. We also ask each team to carry at least one set of walking poles between you - you will be pleased to have them if a member of your team starts to feel tired and slows you all down.

Should I carry full waterproofs?

- Yes! Conditions in the mountains can change rapidly – you’ll be miserable if you get caught out and you have far to go!

Can’t I just wear trainers?

- NO! You will absolutely require boots with ankle support in a material that offers protection against the elements. Low and mid cross trainers are not allowed.

What food and drink should I take on the walk?

Full meals are not advised as you’ll be snacking constantly rather than stopping for a big lunch. Lightweight, high energy foods such as nuts, muesli bars, dried fruit and chocolate are all good hiking snacks. Every team member should also carry at least 1 litre of water – we will let you know if there are any water stations on the route in the safety briefing.

Do I need insurance?

As an event organizer, we have public liability insurance. You are responsible for obtaining personal liability insurance if you require it.

 

Please keep an eye on these FAQs as they will be updated and a more comprehensive list will be available in the challenge handbook.

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