The Annual GH Challenge

The GH Challenge is an annual physical and fundraising challenge. The challenge is a great opportunity to support the work of Haemochromatosis UK by raising both funds and awareness. Scroll down for frequently asked questions about The GH Challenge.

The GH Challenge 2019: Location TBC
Saturday 14 September 2019

Details of The GH Challenge 2019 and a link to take part will be featured here very soon.

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The GH Challenge 2018: Climb of Mount Snowdon

The GH Challenge 2018 was a 1-day hike up Mount Snowdon in July. We began our hike at 0900 after a safety briefing and over 40 climbers reached the summit using the Llanberis path. Although this is the longest route it is the most accessible. Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales. The team included several children and family groups, and one hardy furry friend called Tigger.

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The GH Challenge 2016: The Mighty Ben Nevis

For the first GH Challenge in 2016 we took a group to the highest point of the British Isles – the summit of the mighty Ben Nevis. Over what proved to be a fantastic combination of a fun weekend away with friends and a tough venture hiking from sea level to our highest point at 1,345 metres (that’s 4,409 feet in old money!) all of our sponsored participants successfully made it to the top of “the Ben” and raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

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The GH Challenge 2017: Edge of Empire

The GH Challenge 2017 was a trek of 87 miles, hiking the length (and more!) of the world famous Hadrian’s Wall, the old Roman divide between England and Scotland. A hardy group completed the trek over 5 grueling days, generating thousands of pounds to support our work, lots of awareness, and some fantastic spirit and camaraderie along the way. The route stretched from Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast of England, across to Wallsend, Newcastle, on the East, and covered a variety of terrains.

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The GH Challenge Questions and Answers

What happens on The GH Challenge?

The GH Challenge is an outdoor venture each summer, taking on a physical challenge in the UK and encouraging our participants to make as much money as they can for the charity by way of fundraising activity and sponsorship.

Typically the charity will organise accommodation, the logistics for the event, food, safety arrangements, guides and so on. However the hikes are intended to be challenging and participants need to prepare well and be well equipped.

And the practicalities?

We will usually stay in B&Bs or hotels in double or twin rooms as appropriate. For hikes we are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide. During our preparations we will provide advice on equipment, clothing, technique and training. Our trip leader is always an experienced guide familiar with the chosen route and any hazards. The expedition team will be well equipped and the trip planned with your safety in mind.

What about money?

We will ask you to pay a deposit to sign up to take part, which will cover or contribute towards the cost of accommodation. We then ask that you commit to raise a minimum for the charity through sponsorship or other fundraising. We will provide you with support and materials to help you do this. Most of this total needs to be raised before the event, and any remainder by the end of November. The details will vary depending on the trek each year.

How fit do you need to be?

Hiking or cycling long distances or ascending our peaks obviously does require a degree of fitness. However, we are never racing, and we take safe routes which do not involve any technical climbing. We will walk at a moderate pace and our objective is for everyone to complete the trek. If you are able to walk a few miles over ascent and descent and you are confident on your feet then you are very welcome to take part.

If you are aged 65 or over or have a serious medical condition we may ask you to provide a note from your GP confirming you are capable of completing the expedition. Haemochromatosis in itself is not a barrier to taking part.

Can we sign up as a couple / family?

Yes, this is no problem at all. We will arrange rooming as appropriate. Participants need to be at least 12 years old if taking part with a group which includes their parents. Otherwise participants need to be at least 18 on the day of the climb. This is because we do not arrange chaperones or accept parental responsibilities.

How big will the group be?

The group maximum will vary, but places are usually limited.

What is provided?

  • Fundraising materials and support
  • Event t-shirt
  • Map book and guide pack
  • Expedition guide/adviser
  • Safety briefings and risk assessments
  • B&B accommodation or similar
  • Packed lunch on event days
  • Celebratory dinner or lunch

What other costs are there?

You will need to budget for the following:

  • Travel to and from the start and end point
  • Lunch on travel days to and from the event
  • Dinner each night except the last (we will arrange group tables)
  • Extra snacks and drinks
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Tip for expedition guide
  • Additional insurance if you wish (not compulsory)

How do I sign up?

Please simply email We will respond by return to confirm availability of places and send you a registration form. Your place will be held for 7 days pending the return of the form and initial payment.

How do I raise funds?

We will provide lots of support and materials. Most trekkers set up a donations web page using as this is the most secure and convenient way for us to receive funds and keep track of how you are doing towards your target. Very rarely do fundraisers struggle to meet the target and in fact many go on to raise much more.

Typically fundraisers…

  • make a donation to start themselves off
  • ask family, friends and colleagues to give online
  • sell our Autumn Prize Draw tickets
  • sell wristbands
  • organise supermarket collections
  • organise parties, race nights, quizzes and events
  • get permission to collect at their ‘local’
  • get sponsored by employers
  • ask for support on social media
  • write to and get featured in their local paper
  • get sponsored in lieu of Christmas or birthday presents
  • run car boot sales
  • … and much more

Please call the office on 03030 401101 if you have any more questions about The GH Challenge.