The history of our challenge walks in words and pictures
Up to date financial details and other information about our fundraising activities
Annual financial details of the totals raised from our Walkers and Corporate Sponsors
Information about The Three Peaks Challenge Walk and the surrounding countryside
Information about The Chatsworth Challenge Walk, and the Chatsworth area.
Preparation, Hints & Tips
Handy tips and sound advice for tackling those demanding challenge walks
Some interesting features associated with our walks
Information about us and why we raise the sponsored funds
All the other bits we couldn’t fit in anywhere else
chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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Q) : Who were Dave Owens & Frank Goodall
Dave & Frank were good friends of the organising team. The friendship was formed around the Wheelwright Old Boys Football Club in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Unfortunately, in 2002 they both contracted different forms of cancer and died within that year. March 2003 saw the foundation of the Dave Owens & Frank Goodall Memorial Fund. The purpose of this walk is to bring in much needed funds to fight cancer at it's source through research, but also to support the organisations who provide much needed care for those already suffering the effects of this terrible disease.
(Q) : Can anyone apply to do the walk
Yes. But you must apply and have your application accepted.
(Q) : Is there a charge to take part in the walk
There is an nominal entry fee, and the cost is noted on the current application forms and other documentation we provide. It is a small charge to cover the operating costs of providing the facilities for the walk, which until very recently have been paid by the individual members of the organising team.
(Q) : What percentage of the funds raised is donated to the nominated charities
Quite simple! 100%. All of the sponsored funds raised by our corporate sponsors, and individual walkers go to the nominated charities. In additional to this, any residual monies left in the operating account (the account to which entrants pay their entry fees) also goes to the charities.
(Q) : Do I have to provide a minimum sponsorship
No, but the organisers put a lot of hard work into setting-up and coordinating this event, and we want to donate as much to our nominated charities as possible. For this reason we ask all walkers to target a minimum of £100.00 sponsorship. To date the average amount raised has been around £200.00 per person.
(Q) : How long will the walk take me
The challenge walks we organise differ in course length and hardship. Obviously the times taken depend very much on the individual, but some of the faster walkers complete the course in remarkably quick times. It really depends on your individual fitness, and your personal targets. We often indicate estimated average times of the walks on our pre walk information and application forms.
(Q) : What time does the walk start
Different walks start at different times. Please see the information on the Walk Application Form for specific details.
(Q) : Is food and drink provided on the day
No. You must bring your own. We always provide water at each checkpoint but this may run out, so we expect all participants to be self sufficient at all times!
(Q) : Do I have to carry my equipment and provisions with me throughout the day
It is difficult for us to manage everyone’s personal equipment, so we ask that you carry your own kit throughout the walk. Remember... you are responsible for your equipment at all times. The Organisers accept no liability for any losses.
(Q) : What if I drop out at some point on the course
Unless you are unfortunate enough to require the emergency services we do not generally make provision to transport walkers back to the starting base if they drop out. Our Support Team members are normally acting as marshals at the checkpoints and if you are suffering from a minor injury it may be necessary for you to retire at one of the official checkpoints. From there we will make every effort to transport you to the home checkpoint.
(Q) : Where is the final checkpoint
This can differ depending on which one of our challenge walks you are taking part in. This information will be given out in Newsletters and other information we will provide to you following your application. However, it’s nearly always a public house (!), so you can take a well earned rest after your day out.
(Q) : How do I get an Application Form
Our Walk Application Form can be download directly from our website. To obtain a copy of our current form Go to our Downloads Page to get the Walk Application Form
(Q) : How do I get further information
If you require any further information that is not available on this website please go to our Contact Us page where we post up contact information for the relevant person who can help you with your enquiry. Or simply... Send an email to the Event Organiser to obtain any further details
Do you have any questions about the walk? Want to know how much it costs to enter ? ... How to apply? If you’re unsure of anything, just email in and ask. You send in the questions... we’ll post up the answers. Your FAQ’s will help provide a valuable general knowledge base, and may help others who want to know answers to the same queries. Email your questions
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell
Images : Philip Lynskey
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
In March, and then December 2002, Event Organiser, Gerard Mitchell lost two good friends of 25 years when they each succumbed in their individual battles against two different forms of cancer. Those friends were Dave Owens, and Frank Goodall.
Soon after Dave's funeral in December 2002 Gerard was speaking with his widow, Rita. Although still in deep shock she spoke about the Macmillan Nurses and of a small voluntary cancer organisation called the Oesophageal Patients Ass.
She was overwhelmed by the comfort and support both organisations had provided during their darkest times.
Some weeks later the thought Gerard organised a sponsored event of the famous 26 mile Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Walk, with all receipts going to cancer charities.
The people who take part in the ‘Challenge’ walk represent a wide cross section of ages, (and also shapes and sizes), but all take part to raise money for the charity fund. The charities we currently support are:-
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Macmillan Cancer Relief
Oesophageal Patients Assc.
Cancer Research UK
Our intention is simply to raise as much money as possible for these charities. We hope that with the help of all our walkers and their valued sponsors, together with our corporate sponsors we will be able to continue to make substantial donations to these worthy causes.
See the full details of ‘Why We Do The Walk’ here >
The 2003 Three Peaks Challenge team on Pen-y-ghent summit.
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