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22nd Founders Challenge

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Saturday 13th October 2018

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Tuesday 1st May 2018
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Sunday 7th October 2018 at 22:00
16 Mile Walk; 27 Mile Walk; 27 Mile Run
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167 Participants
Entry Fees
LDWA Member   £10.00   
Non Member   £15.00   
Entries Administrator - Gordon Parker



Organised every year since 1997, this will be the 22nd occasion on which we remember the founders of the LDWA by visiting the beautiful locations associated with them: Blatchford Down, Steer’s Field, Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel, Pitch Hill Toposcope and the old Peaslake Post Office. 

The event is off-road, on good footpaths and tracks. It takes place in the Surrey Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958. The routes offer a wonderful mixture of autumnal forest and downland; in 2016, 30% of participants’ fees were donated to local countryside charities. Together with the welcome provided at checkpoints and fine food at the finish, these elements combine to make the Founders Challenge a memorable day out.

ROUTES                   There are two routes.

  • The 27 mile (44km) route for walkers and runners has approximately 4,300 ft (1,300m) of ascent.
  • A shorter route of approx. 16 miles (26km) with 2,100 ft (640m) of ascent for walkers only. 

Please note that there are some steep descents which can be slippery in wet weather.

Participants should download the route descriptions from the London Group website where they will be published on 5th October. 

MAPS                         LR 187 & LR 186 (for approx 3 miles of long route not on 187) or Exp 145 & 146. You may obtain a single OS Select sheet at 1:25k centred on GR TQ093471 from which covers the entire route.

VENUE                      Peaslake Memorial Hall (GR TQ085447), 2.5 miles south of Gomshall which is on the A25 6 miles west of Dorking; turn at the Murco petrol station.

On reaching Peaslake turn right at Memorial (with village shop on left). The Memorial Hall is just beyond the Hurtwood Inn.


7.30 a.m.        Registration open

8.30 to 9.00 a.m.        Walkers start

10.00 a.m.      Runners  (long route only)

7.00 p.m.        Deadline for certificated finish time (max time 10.5 hrs)

ENTRY                     Online Entries must be received by 10:00 pm Sunday 7th October 2018:

      £10.00 (LDWA members)          £15.00 (non-members)

       On the day:   £15.00 (LDWA members)   £25.00 (non-members)

REFRESHMENTS  (all suitable for vegetarians; please advise if other dietary requirements)

                                    Tea, coffee & biscuits at the start.

                                    Light refreshments and drinks at 3 checkpoints on the 27 mile route and 1 checkpoint on the 16mile route.

                                    A light meal at the finish from 2 p.m.

                                            Please help LDWA reduce waste and BRING YOUR OWN MUG. 

RESULTS                 All in-time finishers will receive a certificate. Results will be published on the website. If you prefer your name to be withheld please tell us.


If you're planning on coming by train, check times when 2018 summer timetables are published. In 2017 the best train to take was:

  • 07.45 Waterloo arr Guildford 08.24

On request we will help to arrange lifts from Guildford station to Peaslake (and back at the end!)

Lift share                  Peaslake is not well served by public transport.

                                    In order to include those who do not have access to a car, to relieve the pressure on car parking facilities and to ease congestion in the village (and to help save the planet) we will facilitate lift-sharing for our event. Lifts will be provided on a goodwill basis; they are not commercial arrangements.

                                    Please indicate on the entry form if you need a lift from Guildford railway station, are willing to offer a lift, or would be interested in car-pooling (e.g. from your home town). Please note that in order for this to work we will need to share contact details to put people in touch with one another.

PARKING                 Parking is limited – please car share where possible.

300m beyond Memorial Hall, in public car park on left (GR TQ084445). Please do not park at the Hall or Hurtwood Inn.


There are Youth Hostels at Holmbury St Mary (approx 3 miles) and Tanners Hatch (appox 6 miles by road). Rooms are available at The Hurtwood Inn (Tel 01306 730851) adjacent to start and there are Travelodges in Guildford (a short walk from Guildford station) and Dorking (

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