Kilworth tester’s poignant jubilee

Paul Whitehead
Paul Whitehead

A long run, a muddy obstacle and then a brain teaser - that’s the unique test of the Kilworth Challenge.

The charity team event in and around North Kilworth, running over the weekend of May 23 and 24, celebrates its silver jubilee this year.

And organiser Sue Otter promised: “There’s a whole set of challenges - tests for brain as well as brawn - and it’s difficult to think clearly when you’re soaking wet and you’ve just run four miles!”

This year’s challenge is particularly poignant because one of the key organisers, Paul Whitehead (pictured above), died suddenly whilst on holiday in New Zealand in March.

The other organisers have vowed to make this year’s Challenge “a really successful event in Paul’s memory”.

There are 34 teams registered this year, who will compete to win prizes and raise money for local causes and three different charities who provide opportunities for young people in Leicestershire and beyond.

In its 25 year history, the Kilworth Challenge has raised more than a million pounds for charity.

Around 200 people, mainly local, are involved in making sure the Challenge runs smoothly.

And organisers have thanked event marshals, local landowners and main sponsors the Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre.

The event is centred on North Kilworth Sports Club where competitors camp over the weekend. Spectators are welcome, and the event itself will start early on Saturday morning and mid-morning on Sunday.

More details of the Challenge can be found at