Press Release (ePRNews.com) - MORPETH, England - Jul 13, 2016 - The Challenge
Online retailer and adventure specialist, Above & Beyond, are holding a two-day outdoor event based in Northumberland. Called The Challenge, the event will see participants taking part enjoy a night of free camping at Ingram before being bussed (free of charge) to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland.
From there, they navigate to Clennell Hall in Northumberland National Park, via a route of their own choosing. They must hit a series of check points, which will ensure they experience some of the region’s most impressive scenery and well-known hills.
After another night of free camping in the grounds of Clennell Hall (which, being only 40 minutes away from the Kielder Observatory, is free from light pollution and promises incredible night skies), they set off again in the morning to find their way back to where it all began in Ingram.
The Above & Beyond Challenge is being documented by Outdoor Photographer of the year, Greg Whitton. And over the two days, those taking part can expect to cover around 40 miles of beautiful terrain; although the exact distance will vary for each participant as there’s no fixed route and the path they take between checkpoints is up to them.
The fact that there’s no fixed route (although there is a suggested route for those who are less confident with a map) introduces an element of strategy to proceedings, as route choice will need to take into account a number of things, such as weather, terrain, skills, fitness and ability.
That said, The Challenge isn’t a contest or a race and how people tackle it is up to them. They can walk it alone or with family and friends, at a gentle pace while admiring the beautiful scenery of Northumberland, or they can go ultra-light and run the entire way.
However people choose to tackle The Challenge though, they can expect to ascend between 3 to 4.5K feet each day, so it will get your legs warmed up in places.
Event organiser, Darren Smith, had this to say: “We decided to create the Challenge because we’re based in Northumberland and we love the Region. We want more people who enjoy outdoor life to experience the incredible scenery in this amazing part of the world.
“Northumberland National Park was voted the UK’s favourite national park and has topped a Condé Nast Travellers List of The World’s Best Parks, yet a lot of people don’t realise how amazing, vast and unspoilt the scenery is up here. We want more people to experience it.”
As well as being a physical challenge, those taking part will need to be on point mentally, too, with good navigational skills (or have a member in their group who possesses them). They will need to be self-sufficient in the hills over the two days as well, carrying their own food and water. There’s the chance to grab a shower, food and drinks during their night of camping at Clennell Hall – but during the day runners and walkers will be reliant on the kit and provision they have with them in their rucksacks.
Clennell Hall itself is a stunning Grade II Listed building where everyone taking part will be allowed to camp for free. If they like, those wishing to run the Challenge can rent a room at Clennell Hall and leave their tent at home, giving them the option of going ultra-light. There’s a natural stream for people to wash in or hot showers if they prefer. There’s also a bar and restaurant but people are equally welcome to bring their own food and stoves – the event really is flexible and designed to be whatever type of adventure you want it to be. You can even bring your dog along.
In the morning there’s the chance to grab a bacon butty for £2.50 (or a more substantial breakfast) before setting off back to Ingram. Camping at Ingram is also free, meaning once participants make it back they have the option of staying on a few extra days with friends and family to see and explore more of stunning Northumberland.
Tickets for The Challenge are just £45, and everyone who enters the event is entered free of charge into a free prize draw in which they have the chance to win £500 of outdoor equipment from brands including Fjällräven, Montane, OMM and Mountain King.
What’s more the event is in support of St Oswald’s Hospice, a charity who provide specialist hospice care to North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.
Those who wish to enter can register for the Above & Beyond Challenge here (https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2580):
For more information visit the event page on the Above & Beyond website here: http://www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk/ABChallenge
• Northumberland’s Only 2-day event
• Takes place August 20-21st 2016
• Run, walk or crawl – it’s up to you
• Entrants plot their own route
• Participants will be self-sufficient in the hills
• Camp at Clennell Hall or book a room (camping is free)
• Event being captured by Outdoor Photographer of The Year
• Tickets Price: £45
• Chance to win £500 of outdoor equipment from top brands
• Free camping
• Free parking
• Free collection by bus at Ingram for ride to Kirk Yetholm
• In support of St Oswald’s Hospice
About Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd:
• Specialist online retailer
• High-end clothing and equipment for any adventure
• TGO Awards Online Retailer of the Year 2013
• Voted runner up in TGO awards every year since
• Run adventure training courses as well as sell outdoor equipment
• Supporting a number of adventurers and charity expeditions
• Ambassadors: Megan Hine, Neil Remfrey-Foote, Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team
Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd