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The 8th Capital Challenge

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Saturday 6th April 2024

Entries Open
Saturday 4th November 2023
Entries Close
Thursday 15th February 2024
Entry Fees
LDWA Member   £16.00   
Non Member   £27.00   

Note to those who are not members of the LDWA: annual membership of the LDWA costs £18 for individuals to join, visit

Entries Administrator - Marie Heracleous



Launched in 2017, the Original Route for 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 finish is at a café in Stratford, close to public transport (Stratford Tube and Train Station). 28 miles; 200 walkers only.

Route Description/GPX file:

The 2024 route description can be downloaded in Word format and PDF format closer to the event.  The GPX file will be made available one week before the event to participants.

Start, Checkpoints, and Finish:

Start between 0745 and 0845 from Waterloo. Hot drinks will be provided.  All entrants will receive a scannable identity card to present at each checkpoint and finish to track progress.  The start is close to Waterloo Station (mainline and tubes) and a short walk from Embankment Station (District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern tube lines). 

Checkpoints will provide simple refreshments, some will be suitable for vegetarians / vegans, but NO BOTTLED WATER, to reduce the amount of plastic waste this walk generates; instead, the route description will point out water fountains along the way and we will, where possible, provide pitchers of good old hard London tap water at checkpoints.

Finish by 1830 (near Stratford Tube and Train Station). Hot drinks and cake will be provided.

Entry is online only, via SiEntries. There will be no entry on the day.

Note to those who are not members of the LDWA: annual membership of the LDWA costs £18 for individuals (£15 with direct debit); to join, visit

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

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 a Parental Consent form.  You can download a copy of this form by clicking here

Enquiries, Donations and Refunds:

The Capital Challenge is organised by Marie Heracleous. You can contact her at this email:

A portion of the fees will be donated to local charities.

Refunds will only be given if cancellation is received before the 15th February 2024.

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View the Event Cancellation / Refund Policy.

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