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After three spectacular years of the Isle of Wight Challenge, this unique team challenge is back for 2020 with some super exciting changes.
The Isle of Wight Challenge is now an Open Challenge, so you no longer need to commit to a minimum sponsorship target to take part. You can also fundraise for the charity of your choice.
Are you ready to take on the Isle of Wight?
Test your speed, strength and stamina on this awesome three-activity challenge for a charity of your choice. We dare you, in teams of four, to hike, bike and canoe your way across the stunning Isle of Wight, home to some of the UK’s most beautiful coast lines.
Nothing says teamwork like coming together to trek the Tennyson Trail, cycle 44 miles around an island famous for its Jurassic ancestors and canoe a course on the River Medina - without throwing each other overboard!
Rising with the sun, you'll kick off from Newport in the heart of the island for a stunning 25-mile cycle to your first check point.
Hopping off your bikes, you’ll have exquisite views of the world-famous sand cliffs, the Needles; but there’s no standing around, as you pull on your hiking boots and set off along the wonderful Tennyson Trail for your 12-mile trekking stretch. This scenic, circular route takes you through the forest and along the coast, rewarding you with fabulous panoramas and photo opportunities.
Arriving back at our check-in base, you reunite with your bikes and pedal a final 19 miles along country roads, all the way to the River Medina.
It’s the last push now and you end the epic day in Canadian canoes, paddling approx. 1.9 miles to the finish line. (No equipment or experience necessary – we provide everything you need, including experienced canoeing guides, ready to help you out at the drop of a paddle.)
Support your favourite charity…
The best part about the Isle of Wight Challenge 2020 is that you do this all for the charity of your choice.
You can now self fund your challenge costs and then fundraise as much as you can (or make a donation) for your team's chosen charity.
You still have the option to commit to a minimum sponsorship target per team, whereby your chosen charity would fund your challenge costs, providing you raise a minimum of £1,000 (per team) by six weeks before the challenge. It’s completely up to you.
It’s completely up to you and your teammates, but whatever you do, do it together. Team work makes the dream work.
Completed this challenge before?
To all the wonderful teams who’ve tackled the Isle of Wight Challenge before, why not keep up your incredible momentum and support Action Medical Research again?
As a charity dedicated to saving the lives of children and babies with devastating illnesses, their cause is absolutely incredible and every pound raised for this charity will help do wonders for the children and families they support.
Places for the Isle of Wight Challenge 2020 are likely to go very fast, so please register now to avoid disappointment – and no worries if you don’t know your teammates details yet. You can still book now and fill these out at a later date.
The excitement begins on the Friday evening before you take on the challenge on Saturday. Teams meet in Newport on the Isle of Wight for registration, which opens at 6pm.
Our fab challenge guides then give you a (compulsory) challenge briefing at 7pm, with the full low-down of what’s in store for you tomorrow. Then you’re free to chill out, chat with other challengers and get an early night to rest up for the big day!
Rise and shine to Challenge Day! Waking bright and early, you meet us with your bikes at the starting point in Newport in the centre of the island. Hopping in the saddle, we set teams off in staggered starts for your first ride of approx. 25 miles.
You’ll follow a charming, clearly marked route along quaint country roads – and there’s no chance you’ll get lost, as we’ll have lots of sign posts and marshalls to make sure you go the right way.
You can use any bike for this challenge, but we recommend racing or hybrid bikes, rather than mountain bikes, as all the cycling will be on road.
This first pedal will take you to our check-in point at the New Battery, which overlooks the iconic sandstone rocks, the Needles, with a beautiful view of the sea.
You leave your bikes here with the Dream Team and tackle the Tennyson Trail on foot. This stunning circular walk amounts to approx. 12 miles and will take you right back to our check-in point – and your bikes!
Now it’s back in the saddle for another cycle, this time heading to the River Medina, where your final test of the day awaits.
Swapping your bikes for boats, you canoe an approx. 1.9 mile course down the river.
Don’t worry, you don’t need any canoeing experience or equipment, as we provide everything you need, including Canadian canoes and we’ll kit you up with buoyancy aids. Of course, we’ll also have qualified canoe instructors there the whole time to supervise, guide and help you out if you need.
Your Isle of Wight Challenge finishes as your team canoes across the finish line!
Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £195 and challenge costs of £700 (per team of four, not per person), and then choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target.
Challenge costs per team of four
Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £195 per team of four (not per person), which is used to administer the challenge and then fundraise the minimum sponsorship target per team of four for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target per team of four
We provide full event support, from the moment you first sign up for the challenge until the weeks following the event. We'll supply you with a bit of fundraising advice and some seasonal fundraising ideas for your team to try out. As the challenge draws nearer, we'll send you route cards and equipment lists.
At the event itself, we'll provide you with everything you need for the canoeing section, including boats and buoyancy aids.
We'll also, of course, have a team of marshals, experienced, first-aid trained challenge and canoe guides, an awesome challenge leader, further first-aid support and mechanics to tend to any serious bicycle issues, should you have them.
To boost the excitement of the Isle of Wight Challenge, we'll also provide certificates, medals, trophies for winning teams, t-shirts and refreshments.
Please note, you need to bring your own bikes and cycling gear and you must wear a helmet throughout the cycling sections.
The Isle of Wight Challenge is an exciting three-activity event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
It's a brilliant incentive to train and get fit, whilst at the same time, knowing you are raising funds for the cause closest to your heart.
You also don't need any canoeing experience, just as long as you are able to swim in cold, open water (as a precaution).
This challenge is all on road, so we strongly recommend using a road bike - or a hybrid will be fine, too.
After setting you off on your first cycling leg, our Dream Team will transport your trekking kit and equipment to the New Battery, so it is waiting for you when you finish the first cycle leg, ready to take on the Tennyson Trail.
We'll look after your bikes and cycling gear as you complete the circular trek and then once you've changed back into your cycling gear and all teams have left for their second cycling stretch, we transport your trekking gear back to the finish line.
We recommend you remove all sweaty clothing and replace it with dry clothing before each section.
You need to provide your own bikes and we would suggest a road or hybrid bike for this challenge as the route is all on-road.
Your bike must be well maintained and in good working order and we recommend a thorough service before the big day. You should carry a puncture repair kit and pump and we also advise you to carry a spare inner tube. There will be a bike mechanic on hand to deal with any serious repairs, but you're expected to be able to fix any punctures yourself.
You don't need any canoeing experience, just as long as you are able to swim in cold, open water (as a precaution).
We'll have experienced guides there the whole time to supervise, guide and assist you if needed.
All equipment is provided, including Canadian-style canoes and buoyancy aids.
It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge, including your own bike - we recommend a road bike, but hybrids are fine too.
A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.
Don't worry if you haven't confirmed your team yet, you can register now to secure your team's place and then send us details of your other team members as soon as they are confirmed.