Grand Union Challenge
- Activity: Running, Walking
- Location: Paddington, London to Bletchley
- Date: June
- Distance: 25km, 50km, 100km
- Difficulty: Tough
- Age range: 14 (accompanied by an 18+ adult)
Test your endurance while enjoying the scenic Grand Union Canal route – ‘Britain’s longest waterway’!
You can choose to run, jog or walk over 100km, 50km or 25km on the path also known as London’s Great Escape.
The challenge includes stops along the way, during which you can snack before continuing. You can also count on the diverse scenery that you will witness along the way, as well as the variety of life alongside the canal.
By taking part on behalf of Link Ethiopia, you will help us to continue our work in changing lives through education. With the money you raise you will help to empower teachers, improve schools and ensure that all children can get a good education.
We will also support you with any help or resources you might need, to get you on the right foot with fundraising. Please fill out the contact form on this page if you have any questions.
The registration fee for this event depends of which distance you want to sign up for. The fee is £29 for the 25km course, £39 for the 50km, or £49 for the 100km route.
You will be provided with food and drink, support walkers, medics, as well as an event map containing timing equipment.
Link Ethiopia will also provide you with advice and tips to help you reach your fundraising goals, and you will also earn a place in the Link Ethiopia Hall of Fame!
The Grand Union Challenge will take place on Saturday 27th June. The route stretches from Maida Vale in London, to Bletchley, over 100km.
Starting from Little Venice at the Grand Union Canal, the route is broken down into four 25km stages. You will travel alongside the canal, through villages and countryside.
It is a fairly tough course, however you can choose whether to run the full 100km, 50km or 25km.
We ask that participant in this event commit to our fundraising targets. These targets reflect our need to recover the fees we have to pay the event organisers, while securing funds to help continue our efforts to change lifes through educations.
The fundraising targets for this event varies according to which distance you wish to walk. For the shortest 25km route we ask participants to aim at raising £175, alternatively £295 for the 50km walk or £345 for the full 100km walk.
In our experience, these targets represent achievable amounts to raise for such an event. Any additional funds raised will be used to further strengthen our activites in Ethiopia. We will provide each participant with information to set up an online fundraising account, a fundraising pack, and guidance and support from our fundraising team to help you achieve your goals.
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