Now in its second year the ATKINS 100 Challenge aims to raise much needed funds to improve the lives of some of the UK's most vulnerable young people.
We are inviting teams of between 4-6 members to cycle either 40km, 60km or an 80km route and walk 20km to the summit of Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District and raise £1,500 per team for the Youth Adventure Trust. This will require some planning and preparation by the teams. You will be given support and advice on fundraising, equipment and training. The event aims to test teams’ abilities to work together effectively and will also present many personal challenges along the way. If you have any questions about any aspect of the ATKINS 100 Challenge please contact Louise.
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As mentioned above, teams will receive support and advice including training days, fitness and training plans, equipment advice, a fundraising handbook and fundraising support from us.
There will be an event briefing held on the Friday evening at Losehill YHA and the challenge will start at 0600hrs on the Saturday morning.
The 2015 cycling element is designed to be inclusive of all riding abilities. We have put together three routes which all start and finish at Losehill Hall. The routes are categorised as follows: ‘Bronze’ – we would expect everyone to attempt this route as the minimum. The route is 38.7kms with 5 peaks including Bole Hill, a challenging route; ‘Silver’ – which includes Bronze but adds an extra 22.2kms and takes in the iconic Peak District Climb of Winnats Pass: and for the more ‘hard core’ riders – ‘Gold’ which is a culmination of Bronze and Silver, which carries on from the Silver route round to the Edale valley and has leg pumping ascent up to the south West of Mam Tor followed by a fast descent down Winnats Pass to base – total distance 17.9kms, making the combined Bronze, Silver and Gold distance, 78.8kms
The walking route will see teams depart Losehill YHA and head northwest up to Hollins Cross. Weather permitting this will afford fantastic views over the Edale Valley and of Kinder Scout itself. Teams will then drop down into the valley heading northwest, passing under the railway line before a flattish walk through farmland. The route then ascends steeply on the ominously named ‘Jacobs Ladder Path’ before linking up with the Pennine Way. Teams follow the Pennine Way for 3kms arriving at Kinder Downfall, where again weather permitting the views should be fantastic. Teams then turn southeast and across Kinder Scout itself, guaranteed to be wet and boggy (so pack those gaiters). After 2kms the route then heads east and is flat for a further 1km before heading down ‘Grindsbrook Clough’ all the way to Edale Train station. The real challenge on this section will be to stay out of the two very tempting pubs! The final push sees the route head back up to Hollins Cross before a gentle downhill back to YHA where dinner awaits: total distance 22.7kms.
See route maps and ascent profiles for details.
Route cards are provided as well as VHF radios for communications and qualified biking & mountain marshals. The event will be rounded off with an evening reception and party at the Losehill YHA. Each team will receive a certificate marking their achievement and a prize will be awarded to the team with the highest level of fundraising and to those fastest teams on each stage and overall.
It is really important that you have the right kit and have done the right amount of the right kind of training before you embark on your challenge. Making sure you are fully prepared is the key to achieving your goals and enjoying your challenge.
The ATKINS 100 Challenge 2015 has two very different but inextricably linked components: the fundraising and the physical challenge. In our experience the most successful teams tackle both elements with equal determination and gain the support of the whole company.
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