Sidcup Rotary Club

District 1120   RI Club No 19449

Founded 1935

A History of the Challenge

One summer’s day in 2006 John Austin from Howe Maxted and Peter Allsop from Sidcup Rotary were talking about John’s participation in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge after a game of squash. John wanted Howe Maxted to put something back into the Community and Peter suggested Rotary as an ideal partner. Out of that was born the idea of a local but rather more modest charity fund raising Challenge.

Peter had already devised a training route when he had walked the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk and that was translated into a hilly 15 mile walk with a 10 mile alternative through some very attractive local countryside. We now incorporate a 5 mile hilly walk which is still a Challenge.

The first Challenge was greatly enjoyed by all who took part. After two years starting from Lullingstone Golf Course, it moved to a circuit of Bewl Water near Ticehurst in Kent for several years, but then moved  back to its original location in the Darent valley.

The formula is simple. You start early, walk in a team, enjoy the countryside and the company and end up swapping experiences over a drink and meal provided by our generous sponsors Howe Maxted and Opass Billings, Wilson and Honey.

In recent years we have changed the emphasis and asked for donations from entrants for Sidcup Rotary Benevolent Fund. Entrants have then been free to raise money themselves for a charity of their choice.

The results have been spectacular. Some fifty people per year have taken part and between them have raised around £50,000.00. for Lifestraws, Demelza House Children’s Hospice, King’s College Hospital Paediatric Liver unit, Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice and other charities selected by the Challenged.

The 2017 Challenge

The 2017 David Hall Memorial Malaria Challenge is to walk 15 miles, 10 miles or 5 miles round or by Bewl Water starting from the Bull Inn Three Leg Cross Ticehurst  Wadhurst TN5 7HH on Saturday 13th May 2017.

David Hall who sadly died in 2014 was a former member of Sidcup Rotary Club and enjoyed a long career as a well known and respected local GP. Elimination of Malaria was a passion for him.

Would you like to  recruit a team to raise money for your favourite charity or for REMIT (Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania) or other Charities selected by Sidcup Rotary? If so or you would like further details  please contact Peter Allsop

The Challenge Walk

Organiser Peter Allsop explaining the route