The Great Lakeland Challenge – Date TBC

The Longest, Steepest, and Highest UK Challenge.

For a demanding three stage team event, the Great Lakeland Challenge is the ultimate team challenge. England’s longest lake, steepest pass and highest peak await you. Teams of four (three challengers and a driver) or a relay team (up to 9 challengers and 2 support drivers) paddle the 10.5 mile length of Lake Windermere in a three man canoe, pedal 26 miles up 1:3 gradients of Wrynose and Hardknott passes and navigate with confidence to conquer the 3,208 feet of Scafell Pike all in less than 12 hours.

The Great Lakeland Challenge is a hugely rewarding event, and well worth the months of training and fundraising.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“Having competed in the Great Lakeland challenge I can confidently say it was a very rewarding and enjoyable (and tough!) experience. The teamwork involved is what attracted me in the first place and the sense of achievement when we had finished is still with me now. It’s a great event for a great charity and would thoroughly recommend it for any people looking for a “team” challenge in fantastic scenery!”

- Stuart Lancaster – England Head Coach



£3,500 per team of four (a driver and three climbers)

Registration Fee – £400 per team
Minimum Sponsorship – £3,100 per team

Each team will receive:

  • A Spoon Challenges vehicle
  • A Spoon challenges Rugby Shirt each
  • A Spoon Challenges technical top each
  • A Celebration BBQ at the mountain finish
  • A Celebration Dinner at the Langdale Hotel
  • The opportunity to attend a training weekend on Lake Windermere
  • Full support prior to the challenge, to include kit lists, training advice and fundraising ideas
  • A fully marshaled and timed challenge

Signing up for the Ford Ranger Great Lakeland Challenge couldn’t be easier – Please click on the ‘Enter Now’ link at the top of this page.

Relay Team Entry

In addition to the existing event package we are introducing the opportunity to enter relay teams of up to 9 challengers.  All team members will be insured to drive the vehicles, so it is up to each team whether they wish to have a designated driver or whether challengers will drive themselves between stages.  This offers an opportunity for teams to have different challengers (maximum of 3 on each stage) competing on each of the stages, or a mix and match with your stronger team members participating in 2 or all 3 of the stages supported by new team members on each stage.

£4,500 per team

A £450 advanced donation is required upon entry to secure your place (please note this £450 is included within your entry fee)

Each relay team will receive:

  • Team vehicle (an additional support vehicle will need to be supplied by the team)
  • Team clothing of a Spoon Challenges rugby shirt and technical top each
  • A BBQ at the mountain finish
  • A celebration dinner at The Langdale Hotel
  • The opportunity to attend a training weekend on Lake Windermere
  • Full support prior to the challenge, to include kit lists, training advice and fundraising ideas
  • A fully marshaled and timed challenge
Support Crew

As with all of our challenges, a great deal of their success is down to the dedication and hard work of the marshals and crew.

Whether this is our family of voluntary marshals who await challengers on the mountain summits on the Four Peaks, or our safety boat marshal out on the lake on the Great Lakeland our role will always be to make sure your safety is top priority and we will never be far away from any challenger.

Our great team of marshals are all volunteers and they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience, having completed the challenges themselves they are fully aware of the task that lies ahead for our challengers and are there to motivate, make you smile and be supportive throughout your experience.

Challenge Office:

The challenge office lives and breathes the Spoon Challenges throughout the year and we guarantee that our love for Spoon and enthusiasm for the challenges will soon rub off on you! If we haven’t met you before (and even if we have!), we look forward to talking to you, exchanging ideas, and providing you with some great advice.

Some of you will already be familiar with the team at the challenge office and for those who are not; Kerry who works on London Marathon, Four Peaks and Great Lakeland Challenge and Laura Nelson who works on the End 2 End and London to Monte Carlo are your main points of contact for the challenges and will happily answer any questions you may have regarding the challenges themselves, fundraising, banking etc.


Teams meet up at the Langdale Hotel to register and attend a safety briefing.

Prior to starting each stage, each team will be routinely kit checked and given a start time.

The challenge commences at 7.30am as teams begin their first stage;
Canoe Section

Fastest time in 2012 – 1 hr 53 mins
Average Time in 2012 – 2 hrs 9 mins

Drivers will cheer their teams off at the foot of Lake Windermere and then make their way to canoe finish/cycle start, where they prepare the bikes for the cycle section and any team sustenance for the stage to follow.

Cycle Section

Fastest time in 2012 – 2 hrs 15 mins
Average Time in 2012 – 3 hrs 3 mins

Once teams have set off from the cycle start, the driver will make  their way to cycle finish/mountain start, where they will prepare the teams kit for the mountain section.  Each driver will be presented with a drivers route map prior to the challenge where we mark the route for the driver to follow avoiding the passes which the cyclists travel over.

Mountain Section

Fastest time in 2012 – 2 hrs 57 mins
Average Time in 2012 – 3 hrs 52 mins

Once teams have crossed the finish line we provide a bbq and refreshments where your driver will meet you along with any family, friends and supporters.

In the evening there will be a presentation dinner at the Langdale Hotel.

Training Day

We will be holding a canoe training day on Lake Windermere, this is a great opportunity for teams to practice on the Lake in the actual canoes we will be using for the Challenge.  Most teams won’t have had any experience in a canoe and we would highly recommend this training session for them.  Later in the afternoon when you feel you have mastered the water, teams can go and experience the cycle section. Again we highly reccommend all teams to have either cycled the passes or at least driven them so they know what they are letting themselves in for!

The cost for the canoe training is £35 per person.

Teams wishing to stay over can join us on a fully marshalled mountain climb the following day, this is highly beneficial as teams will be able to experience a kit check and a timed stage.

The training weekend is highly recommended, all previous attendees have been delighted with the weekend and don’t know how they would have coped with it!

Conditions of Entry

Great Lakeland

The following are the conditions of entry plus some of the basic rules of the event. A more comprehensive list of event rules and safety precautions will be issued to teams upon receipt of their entry form. Please read this carefully before completing the entry form.

  1. Each team will consist of 4 people – 3 competitors and 1 support driver.
  2. The Great Lakeland Challenge will take place on TBC
  3. For insurance and safety purposes, the required minimum age of all participants is 21 years.
  4.  Each team must pay a £400 advance donation to the Wooden Spoon as confirmation of their entry. This amount contributes towards team administration costs and the celebration dinner and is non-refundable.
  5. Teams I must raise £3,500 minimum in sponsorship. A £400 entry fee must be paid by each team to the Wooden Spoon as confirmation of their entry. At least 50% of this must be submitted by 31st May 2015. Any further sponsorship must be submitted by 30th November 2015.
  6. Gift Aid from your Just Giving page can only be included in your final total once your minimum fundraising has been raised.
  7. It is strongly recommended that all teams must attend the Wooden Spoon Challenge Training Weekend at YHA Ambleside, Lake Windermere, to complete a canoe course. Please contact the Challenge Office if this is not possible and we will try and reach an arrangement.
  8. All competitors must register their team between 15.00 & 18.00 and then attend the pre-event briefing at 20.00 on the day before the challenge in order to compete in the Challenge.
  9. Competitors must be personally covered by insurance for travel, health, accident and loss and be reasonably fit enough to complete the event. By signing this entry form you are confirming that, to the best of your knowledge, your team member’s general state of health is good.
  10. All competitors compete at their own risk. The event organisers, Wooden Spoon or any official thereof do not in any way accept responsibility for any injury accident or loss however caused.

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