17 July 2020

A New Take on our Chilterns Challenge

We're making sure that all those who love to take part in ​our Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge won’t miss out on enjoying the stunning Chilterns countryside this summer by re-inventing our popular annual charity walk to keep everyone safe.

 Chilterns 2 Peaks challenge couple and dog

For one year only, the newly named Chilterns 2 Peaks Challenge, which will take place on Sunday 13 September, will be inviting walkers to choose either an 8 or 12 mile circular route, taking in one or two ‘peaks’. The 8 mile walk follows the Ridgeway Trail and takes in the beautiful sights of Whiteleaf Cross before wending its way back to Princes Risborough, while the 12 mile route also includes the second ‘peak’ of Coombe Hill.

As well as the opportunity to clock up their steps, absorb miles of rolling landscape in the company of friends or family and raise vital funds for Rennie Grove, those taking part will be offered activity packs to help them make the most of their day. A special family activity pack, perfect for the children, will include a scavenger hunt and word search. Adults won’t miss out either – their own pack will include information about sites of interest and historical landmarks, birds to spot and how to enter the Chilterns 2 Peaks photo competition.

To mark this one-off event and the unusual circumstances of this year, participants will also receive a special 2020 commemorative medal. So for those who’ve built up their Chilterns 3 Peaks medal collection over the years, this is one not to miss. Those taking part can choose to wear their Chilterns 3 Peaks t-shirt from previous years or take advantage of the opportunity to buy a special commemorative t-shirt when they sign up. 

Both routes start and finish from Princes Risborough School where parking will be available. Usually, Arriva kindly supports this event by providing buses to ferry participants between routes and back to their cars, but with the government currently advising people to avoid the use of public transport where possible, our circular routes ensure that participants can return to their cars safely. We would like to thank Arriva for their ongoing support and our aim is to bring the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge back in full next year – including the popular buses.

Tracey Hancock, our Director of Fundraising, says:

“We’re very proud of how successful this event has been since it launched in 2009 and because we know it is well-loved, we really wanted to adapt it this year to ensure participants can still enjoy the countryside in the safest way possible. We’re delighted to invite walkers of all ages to take on our Chilterns 2 Peaks Challenge, including four-legged friends! Why not walk it as a family, or get together with friends, staying safely socially distanced, and enjoy some time together in the great outdoors?

“We hope the adapted event will be just as popular as we have been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Many of our community fundraising activities have been cancelled which has meant a sharp drop in the income we rely on to deliver our services for local families. So we hope that people will sign up and get fundraising. By raising just £28.50 you could fund an hour of specialist nursing care in patients’ homes and in return you will receive an iconic medal. Or join together as a family and raise £215 to cover a shift for one of our specialist hospice at home nurses. We need support now more than ever and I hope everyone will find this a really enjoyable way to help out.”

Origin are kindly supporting the event as headline sponsors for another year. Ben Brocklesby, Sales and Marketing Director at Origin Doors & Windows said: “As corporate patrons of Rennie Grove, we at Origin are thrilled to once again be the headline sponsor for the Chilterns 2 Peaks Challenge. It’s a fantastic event for an even better cause, and it’s brilliant to see things starting to get back up and running again. As a local company, we hope to see you there.”

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £7.50 per child. A family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) costs £40. As an added safety measure, we will be limiting numbers so sign up now at www.renniegrove.org/c2peaks.