WATCH: Watch contestants take on the the Kilworth Challenge

Kilworth Challenge 2017 Winners The WAGs.
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Kilworth Challenge 2017 Winners The WAGs. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
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This year’s Kilworth Challenge - a unique mix of physical and mental trials in the Leicestershire countryside - has raised almost £40,000 for charity.

One of the two-day event’s organisers, Colin Clarke, said: “We had excellent weather, excellent teams, and at the last count we’d raised more than £39,000, which is a great total.”

The challenge, in which competing teams cover 16 miles a day while undertaking tasks that require brawn, brain or both, raises money for youth charities and local good causes.

This year 20 teams took part. “We had a bit of a drop off last year, because there’s so much competition” said Colin.

“But this year we were back up again, and everyone who took part said they’d be back and bringing more people with them.”

The challenge, based in North Kilworth, has now been running for 27 years.

The Brussel Sprouts were All Female Team Winners and Fastest Female Yomper Kat Love.
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The Brussel Sprouts were All Female Team Winners and Fastest Female Yomper Kat Love. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

So what’s the attraction for competitors?

Colin said: “With one day events it’s basically just a run.

“With this one it’s a bit more involved, with a big variety of challenges.

“It combines outdoor pursuits with more management training type things!”

The Rapid Racers won the Thinkers Prize.
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The Rapid Racers won the Thinkers Prize. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Overall winners this year were The WAGS (team 20), with Eager Belvoirs V (team 19) second and Keeping Up With The Joneses (team 15) third.

The first all-female team was The Brussel Sprouts (team four), with Equity’s Darling (team 18) the mixed team winners and Kilworth Lions (team seven) the over 40s winners.

Fastest male yomper was Neil Riley in E for Idiot (team one).

Fastest female yomper was Kat Love in The Brussel Sprouts (team four).

Mike Lawrence with Equity's Darling Mixed Team Winners.
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Mike Lawrence with Equity's Darling Mixed Team Winners. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

There were prizes too for Teamwork - E for Idiot won that one - Overnight Leaders - that was Eager Belvoirs V - and Thinkers - won by The Rapid Racers.

Eager Belvoirs V were the Sponsorship winners, with Keeping Up With The Joneses second and The WAGS third.

Bruce Phillips with Kilworth Lions Over 40's Team Winners.
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Bruce Phillips with Kilworth Lions Over 40's Team Winners. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

E for Idiot Fastest Male Yomper and Team Work Prize.
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E for Idiot Fastest Male Yomper and Team Work Prize. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Keeping Up With The Joneses 3rd Place and Sponsorship Runners-up.
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Keeping Up With The Joneses 3rd Place and Sponsorship Runners-up. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Eager Belvoirs V Sponsorship Winners (�4,000.75).
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Eager Belvoirs V Sponsorship Winners (�4,000.75). PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

KIlworth Challenge committe members with wives and girlfriends.
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KIlworth Challenge committe members with wives and girlfriends. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER