Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout the years of organising the Ivanhoe Way Challenge we've had many questions asked. Below you will see the answers to the most common questions.

Where does the money I raise go to?

Every penny you raise in sponsorship goes directly towards granting wishes to very ill children in Leicestershire.

Who are Wishes 4 Kids?

Wishes 4 Kids are a small local Leicestershire Charity granting wishes for very ill children. Please visit for more information. 

How much money do I have to raise?

We recognise how hard it can be to raise sponsorship, and firmly believe that ‘every penny’ really does count and will go a long way in helping raise vital funds for a local charity. Therefore we do not set a minimum amount to raise.

Can I raise money for a different charity?

We do understand that people have different charities they would like to support. However, we specifically organise this event on behalf of Wishes 4 Kids therefore it is in our terms and conditions that all monies raised will be donated to this charity.

How much has the Ivanhoe Way Challenge raised so far?

Since starting The Ivanhoe Way Challenge in 2009, the event has raised over £45,000 for Wishes 4 Kids. 

What does my registration fee pay for?

The registration fee goes towards the cost of the organisation and set up of the event, including admin, venues, food and drink, first aid cover, transport from checkpoints if required,  and event T-shirt.

If I change my mind before the event can I have a refund?

We regret that we cannot offer any refunds once you have registered and paid for the event.

Do I get a medal at the finish?

At the finish you will be presented with a very good quality event T-shirt and certificate.

Are there toilet facilities throughout the route?

Other than at the start and finish points, there is no provision of toilet facilities along the rest of the route. There are a few pubs/garages en route which may have provisions, however we cannot guarantee this and it would be up to participants to investigate further if so desired.

Can I walk on my own?

Our terms and conditions state that there are no lone walkers, and that teams must consist of 2 – 8 members.

Can I bring my dog?

Due to concerns regarding dogs running loose, dogs are not allowed on this event. Failure to comply with this rule could put the future of the event at risk.

Are refreshments provided throughout the walk?

There are water top ups and snacks available at certain checkpoints (including homemade cakes!), along with hot food at the finish.  However please note that walkers are responsible for their own food and drink, and should treat checkpoint refreshments as a bonus. Detailed information on this will be provided in the final pack prior to the event taking place.

Can I run the route instead of walk it?

The challenge is a long distance walking event; therefore we do not promote it as a running event. The event is organised by two individuals, and relies heavily on volunteers on the day itself. Checkpoints are set up at different locations over the 37 mile distance based on an average walking pace. Unfortunately at present we do not have the capacity to open checkpoints early for participants who want to run the distance, due to the number of extra volunteers we would need along with the additional planning.

Is the route well sign posted?

The Ivanhoe Way is a way marked public footpath around Leicestershire with adequate signage throughout the route.  However it is paramount that teams use an Ordnance Survey map of the route as the Ivanhoe Way crosses through many other public footpaths which could cause confusion.

Do I need to be able to read a map?

Yes, although the Ivanhoe Way is a way marked route it is vital that teams are able to map read.  Tiredness and fatigue can easily see participants taking the wrong path and going off course, so regularly checking the way markers against the map will help to keep you on track.

Are maps provided?

No, it is the responsibility of teams to provide their own ‘Ordnance Survey Map 245’ of the route.

Is the event marshalled?

We have marshalled checkpoints approximately every 6miles. There are no marshals in between these points. We require every walker to ‘check in’ at each of the stations, and also at the last finish checkpoint so that we know all walkers have safely completed the course.

Can we drop kit off at checkpoints and have it taken back to the finish point?

No, we do not have the capacity to collect kit from checkpoints and take it back to the finish.  In previous years many participants have arranged to meet up with family/friends at checkpoints and have offloaded kit this way.

How long are checkpoints open for?

A list of check point opening/closing times will be supplied in the final details.  Entrants arriving at a checkpoint after its closing time, or deemed to be unlikely to make the closing time at the next checkpoint are expected to retire.

If I can’t complete the walk, how do I get back to the start?

If for some reason you cannot complete the walk, we do have volunteers on standby that will pick you up at a checkpoint and take you back to Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Is there a shorter distance I can enter for?

After much deliberation and various requests, we are pleased to offer 2 alternative distances to the full challenge. These are 20 and 13 miles. Places for the shorter distances will be limited. Keep an eye on our website for further information or get in touch to register your interest.

Can I swap challenges once I have registered?

Unfortunately we do not allow participants to swap challenges once the registration fee has been paid. It is your responsibility to make sure you have registered for the event most suited to you.

Can I give my place to somebody else if I am unable to take part?

In certain circumstances we do allow this but you must inform us at least 2 weeks prior to the event taking place. After this date there will be a £5 administration fee.  Please note that we do not allow changes on the day of the event.

Why don’t you publicise the results from each event on your website?

We are proud to have an incredibly wide range of people taking part in the challenge each year (as regards to fitness/age/health/goals) and we have seen many people achieve their own personal goal whatever this may be.  We consider each person taking a part a winner, with the real winners being the children you are helping.