WALES WEEKEND CHALLENGE

12 – 14 July 2019


Experience the sprawling Snowdonia National Park on an adrenaline-high as you run and hike your way to the finish line. Cwtch up under the stars at night and gorge on scrummy Celtic grub.

THE CHALLENGE

DISCIPLINES: Hike/Run
TOTAL DISTANCE: 22km
ELEVATION GAIN: 700m
CAPACITY: 150

CAMP EXPERIENCES

Falconry, archery
Wild Cooking
Outdoor Yoga
The IGO Feast & More

Date & Price

12 – 14 July 2019
From £299pp

Itinerary

Friday

Arrive and transfer to camp
Registration, briefing and lunch
Afternoon activities
Campfire chilli and bed

Saturday

Breakfast in camp
The IGO Wales Challenge: hike/run
Evening celebrations in camp
Camp overnight

Sunday

Breakfast in camp
Yoga and hike out of camp
Transfers to Machynlleth train station

Experiences in Camp

Friday

Afternoon – lake warm-up hike
Evening – bushcraft & survival skills workshop
Falconry, archery, fitness session, yoga
Wild cooking
Outdoor mindful yoga
NB: Some activities will be run on a first come, first served basis

Saturday

Local acoustic music
Wild outdoor cooking
Bar
The IGO Feast

Snowdonia National Park

What's included

Included:

  • Return transfers from Machynlleth train station
  • 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
  • Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
  • Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
  • Event-specific training plan
  • Fully signposted & supported route
  • Medical and physio support
  • Timing tracker (Competitors)
  • Walking guide & sweeper as backstop
  • Photography
  • Activities in camp
  • Traditional music & entertainment
  • Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
  • Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
  • Finishers medal and wristband

Not included:

  • Transport to Machynlleth Airport or train station
  • Personal equipment inc. sleeping bag and clothing (see kit list for full details)
  • Travel insurance specific to location and disciplines (obligatory)
  • Drinks at camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)
  • IGO Wales cap - available to purchase at the event

Early Bird Tickets Available

Until 31 January

Completer
£299Early Bird Available Until 31 Jan (Full £399)
  • Go at your own pace, enjoy the scenery
  • A spot in shared 4 person tent
  • Does not include timing chip
Competitor
£319Early Bird Available Until 31 Jan (Full £419)
  • Test yourself against the clock
  • A spot in shared 4 person tent
  • Timing chip included
Group of 4
£1,076Early Bird Available Until 31 Jan (Full £1,436)
  • Great for groups, families, friends
  • Share a 4 person tent with your team
  • Does not include timing chip

FAQ

Recommended airport: Liverpool or Manchester (transfers not provided)nnRecommended train station: Machynlleth (transfers provided)nTransfer leaves station at 12pmnTransfer returns to station 11:45amnnMaking your own way? Meeting point for event is IGO base camp – Tal-y-llyn lake at 1pm.nnNB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.nnTimings broken down: London to Machynlleth by train is 4hrs 20mins on average changing at Birmingham New Street. Machynlleth station to camp is 30 mins by road.

Stage 1: Hike and run the famous Chair of Idris in southern Snowdonia. 21 km in a loop to the top, around the ridge and back to camp.nnNB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.

It is hard to promise amazing weather, but we can promise eternal happiness from the team which will get you through any weather.

The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

There are portaloos a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

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