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FAQ’s for the Oswestry Round Challenge

What is the Oswestry Round Challenge?

The Oswestry Round is a 33 mile circular walk centred on Oswestry, starting and finishing at the Lion Quays Resort in Chirk.  It was devised by Dave Andrews and is described in a guide book of the same name produced to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Lingen Davies Cancer Fund

The Oswestry Round Challenge is on the 6th June 2020.  Walkers are invited to attempt the whole route as a one day challenge or half the route (17 miles).  It is a sponsored event, with entry by registration in advance only.  It costs £25.00 to enter and we ask those entering to aim to try and raise a minimum of £150.00

Can I choose where the money goes?

The entry fee will be split between Cancer Research UK and Lingen Davies Cancer Fund equally.  Those entering can choose whether their sponsorship money goes to one of the charities or both of the charities.  Instructions for collecting money on-line, will be included with your registration pack.

What time can I start?

A registration desk will be set-up at the entrance to the course at the back of the Lion Quays car park (it’ll be sign-posted from the entrance to the Lion Quays Resort). The registration and start will be open as below: -

Saturday 6th June 2020:

Registration & Start  04.45am to 8.00am (at the start/finish  – LQ car park)

Course closing at:   9.00pm  (there will be no medical cover after this time)

The course will take 12 to 14 hours for those walking at a moderate and consistent pace with brief stops and a break for lunch.  An early start is recommended.  For those attempting the full 33 mile course it is unlikely you will finish if you start later than 7.00am  The course is on public paths and so it will not formally close, however medical cover and marshals will not be on the course outside the hours shown above.  We will of course endeavour to support all the walkers in their attempt to complete the distance.

Will the course be marked and marshalled?

Navigation of the course does form part of the Challenge.  The course will have marshals at key points and there will be a number of water stations along the route.  The route is detailed in the guide book provided.  There are signs on the sections that follow Offa’s Dyke and the second half follows the canal.  Every effort will be made to direct walkers, but you are reminded that it remains your responsibility to navigate the route.  Every entrant will receive a copy of the Oswestry Round Guide Book which includes detailed route descriptions and is essential for completing the course.

What will I have to carry?

The Oswestry Round guide includes a reminder of what equipment should be carried when understaking a long distance walk.  There will be three water stations on the first half of the course, two on the second and a station at the start and finish.  There are limited opportunities to purchase food on the route and it is walkers’ responsibility to carry sufficient sustenance to complete the walk.  We will provide a transport service for any kit you would like us to carry to the half-way point.

 Lunch

 Spare Socks

 Snacks / Drinks for the second half

We will bring this kit back to the finish to meet you.

What will I receive if I complete the walk?

That’s easy….. an enormous sense of personal satisafaction.  Walking 33 miles in a day should not be underestimated, but for the moderately fit who are well prepared and well equipped it is perfectly achieveable and will bring a great sense of achievement.  You will also be raising money for two fabulous charities and you will receive a certificate of your achievement and a medal to mark the achievement.

Is there any food available at the Lion Quays at the end of the walk?

Yes, but please contact the Waterside Restaurant at the Lion Quays to make a reservation.

Can I bring my Bike / Dog / Horse etc?

Due to the nature of the terrain and the land that the walk crosses, it is not possible for us to allow bikes or horses.  Our recommendation is that the course is not suitable for dogs due to the nature of the land crossed – lots of stiles. That said, dogs have accompanied entrants and completed the course.  The course can be run.

If I enter, what will happen next?

Firstly, you will receive a copy of the Oswestry Round guide book in the post and confirmation of your registration by email.  Your confirmation will include your sponsorship form and details for collecting sponsorship on-line.  A couple of weeks before th event you will receive a more comprehensive briefing document..

Is there transport available to help me if I am walking half the course, or I have to stop for any reason?

We will run a transport service for those that need it back to the Lion Quays if they are walking half the course (or are unable to continue).

What do I do with my Sponsorship money?

Please make cheques payable to the Oswestry Round.  ALL MONEY SHOULD BE SENT TO:-  The Oswestry Round Challenge, 78 Welsh Walls, Oswestry SY11 1RW

Cheques can be brought on the day, but we ask that you do not bring cash.  If you want to use an on-line facility, please refer to the instructions provided with registration.

Want to know anything else?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@oswestryround.co.uk or call Neil on 07957 354223

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