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Grand Union Challenge

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Grand Union Challenge

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)

The event

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.


How much does it cost to take part?

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.

What support will I receive?

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!

When and where does the event take place?

The Grand Union Challenge will take place on Saturday 27th June. The route stretches from Maida Vale in London, to Bletchley, over 100km.

What is the course like?

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.

How much should I fundraise?

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.

Where can I find out more?

Please click here to visit the Grand Union Challenge website.

How do I sign up?

To join the challenge, please click here to find out more about registration costs and signing up.
If you’re raising funds for Link Ethiopia then we’d love to hear from you – you can use the contact form on this page to drop us a line.

Join us!

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