All set for a cracking Kilworth Challenge!

Kilworth Lions on the ropes at Stanford
Kilworth Lions on the ropes at Stanford

A series of tasks to test the mind and the body have been cooked up by the organisers of this year’s Kilworth Challenge.

The 24th annual event, held over two days in the fields surrounding North Kilworth Sports Club, has received entries from 35 four-person teams, guaranteeing a keenly-fought contest over the 34 miles of the course.

It is taking place this Sunday and bank holiday Monday, with all the competitors setting up camp in Kilworth over the weekend.

Nick Otter, from the organising team, said: “We have a range of excellent challenges for the mind, body and soul.

“We anticipate a bumper weekend and a great amount of enjoyment to be had by all the 140 competitors and the 100-plus marshals.

“ As ever, we are confident of an excellent event. It will be the 24th event and so the challenge is approaching its silver jubilee next year.”

It raised £50,000 in 2013 and the organisers are hoping for a similar amount this year.

In total, it has raised more than £1.1million.

The main charities being supported are Dukes Barn in Derbyshire, which provide opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled children to enjoy outward-bound pursuits, Over the Wall, a Midlands-based charity which supports disadvantaged and disabled children, and Young Leicestershire, which helps children and young adults in the county.

About a third of the cash also goes to local good causes, to put something substantial back into the community and without whose help it would not be possible to organise the event.

Mr Otter added: “Over the life of the challenge well over £1million has been raised.

“This is a tremendous amount for a small community such as North Kilworth and has made a significant difference to all the charities and good causes we have supported since its inception in 1991.

“We would like to acknowledge all the help we receive from landowners, marshals and especially Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre who have agreed to support us substantially again this year.”

Prizes will be given out when all the results have been processed at about 5pm on Sunday.

This year the challenge is pleased to welcome Richard Clowes, the High Sherriff of Leicestershire, who is helping with the marshalling.

Spectators are welcome with the event starting at about 7am on the Saturday with teams setting off every five minutes.

More details can be found on its website You can also follow them on Twitter @KilworthC.