The Annual GH Challenge

Hadrians Wall 1The GH Challenge is an annual physical challenge. The challenge is a great opportunity to support the work of THS by raising both funds and awareness.

The GH Challenge 2017
Hadrian’s Wall Hike
14-18 August 2017

** There is still time to sign up **

The GH Challenge 2017 is a trek of 84 miles, hiking the length of the world famous Hadrian’s Wall, the old Roman divide between England and Scotland.

And you are invited to join us.

The adventure will be challenging, but fun and enormously rewarding. We will be raising funds to support the work of The Haemochromatosis Society as well as raising awareness of genetic haemochromatosis itself.

What’s involved?

The famous Hadrian’s Wall route stretches from Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast of England, across to Wallsend, Newcastle, on the East. The route covers a variety of terrains but is mainly beautiful open countryside with stunning scenery and woodlands. We will be hiking the whole route over the course of 5 days.

The group will be accompanied by very experienced and well equipped leaders and guides including our own Chief Executive. A support vehicle will transport baggage from hotel to hotel and all the logistics and planning will be arranged for you. Accommodation for the 5 nights has been booked in good quality hotels so in the evenings you will be able to “recover and prepare”. Our final night will include a celebration meal to cap off your fantastic achievement.

The hike is challenging but is not a technical one. If you are a confident walker in reasonable health you will be able to complete the trek, though it is important to train and prepare.


To take part you will be undertaking to raise a minimum amount in sponsorship and donations. There are two options depending on whether you would like to contribute towards the actual underlying costs of the trip yourself.

Hadrians Wall 2Option 1

Pay a goodwill deposit of £100. Raise a minimum of £770, of which £620 must be collected before the hike. Note that the majority of the event costs are therefore covered by your sponsorship.

Option 2

Pay £320 to cover the costs of the accommodation. Raise a minimum of £550, of which £400 must be collected before the hike. Note that some support costs are still funded by the charity from event proceeds.


Accommodation is in twin and double rooms as appropriate. If you are taking part singularly we can allocate you a partner to share a twin room.

Day 1: Monday 14 August

Late morning: Meeting, lunch and safety briefing
Afternoon: Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle, approx 15 miles
Accommodation: Town centre hotel

Day 2: Tuesday 15 August

Hike: Carlisle to Gilsland
Distance: Approx 19 miles
Accommodation: Country hotel

Day 3: Wednesday 16 August

Hike: Gilsland to Chollerford
Distance: Approx 20 miles
Accommodation: Country hotel

Day 4: Thursday 17 August

Hike: Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall
Distance: Approx 14 miles
Accommodation: Golf Resort

Day 5: Friday 18 August

Hike: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend
Distance: Approx 16 miles
Evening: Celebration dinner
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Newcastle Metro Centre

Day 6: Saturday 19 August

Breakfast, goodbyes and departure

Sign up!

To take part, 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.

The GH Challenge 2018
Climb Mount Snowdon.
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The GH challenge for 2018 will be a 1-day hike up Snowdon. Join us for this challenge, help raise awareness and funds for The Haemochromatosis Society and become part of #TeamIronOverload.

We will begin our hike around 9am after a safety briefing and explanation of the route. The summit can be reached by a number of well-established paths; we will be using the Llanberis path. Although it is the longest route it is the most accessible. In good weather this path is suitable for all abilities. Members, their families and friends are actively encouraged to participate, the more the merrier. The views from the summit of Snowdon are spectacular. When the weather conditions are right, it is possible to see England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

There is no minimum fundraising target for this event, just raise whatever you can. However, we do ask for a contribution to cover costs. There are two options available.

Option 1 THS will arrange overnight accommodation on Friday 20th July, transport from the accommodation to Llanberis in the morning of 21st July, packed lunch for 21st July, transport back to hotel after the hike to collect cars and a THS T-shirt. Cost: £55

Option 2: Participants to arrange own accommodation/transport to Llanberis. Arrive by 9am. THS will provide packed Lunch and T-shirt Cost £10

You will need to wear comfortable, ankle-supporting walking boots and suitable clothing. The terrain can be uneven and the weather unpredictable. You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket.

You will need to carry a rucksack that can accommodate plenty of food and drink. Lunch will be provided but you will need extra snacks as it’s important to maintain your energy levels. You will also need sunscreen, as there is little shade to be found on the mountains.

The route is considered suitable for children so feel free to bring the whole family and you can even bring your furry friend (Please only bring a dog is organising your own accommodation)

THS will help you to raise money by providing sponsorship forms, raffle tickets and wristbands to sell. Every penny raised goes to support the vital work of the charity.

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GH Challenge EXTREME 2018
End to End cycle. JOGLE
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The GH challenge EXTREME 2018 will be an End to End Cycle, from John O Groats to Lands End, over the course of 14 days. The route follows National Cycle Routes, and although not the shortest route it is more scenic and less busy. The route averages just under 80 miles per day and works on an average of around 7 hours cycling a day. There are no rest days but there are a number of shorter days. This will be a difficult challenge but hopefully a very enjoyable experience.

The Haemochromatosis Society will provide

·         Accommodation for the duration of the cycle, including the night before the start of the challenge.

·         Celebration meal on Sat 1st

·         A support van to transport luggage and if necessary provide first aid and technical support.

·         Breakfast at the hotel and packed Lunch.

·         T-shirts and fundraising support.

Participants will need to provide

·         Transport to John O Groats on Sat 18th August

·         Transport home from Lands End on Sunday 2nd

·         Bike and Helmet

·         Evening Meals (apart from Sat 1st)

·         Commit to raising at least £2000 for The Society.

·         A non-refundable £100 deposit at time of sign up.


The Route

Date From To Approx. Miles Approx. Time cycling
Sat 18th Stay over at John O Groats in preparation for start on 19th
Sun 19th John O Groats Altnaharra 80 7
Mon 20th Altnaharra Dingwall 70 6
Tue 21st Dingwall Fort William 80 7.5
Wed 22nd Fort William Inveraray 70 7
Thur 23rd Inveraray Irvine 80 7.5
Friday 24th Irvine Lockerbie 85 7
Sat 25th Lockerbie Milnthorpe 90 8.5
Sun 26th Milnthorpe Hale 85 7
Mon 27th Hale Walsall 85 7
Tue 28th Walsall Longhope 80 6.5
Wed 29th Longhope Bridgwater 80 7
Thur 30th Bridgwater Torrington 70 6.5
Fri 31st Torrington Lostwithiel 65 6
Sat 1st Lostwithiel Lands End 65 6.5
Sunday 2nd Travel home
1085 97

Past Events: The GH Challenge 2016

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.

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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

The GH Challenge Questions and Answers

What happens on The GH Challenge?

The GH Challenge is a 3 to 7 day venture each Summer, taking on a challenging hike 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 of the hike, 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 the hikes we are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide. During our preparations we will provide advice on equipment, clothing, hiking technique and training. Our trip leader is always an experienced hiker and very 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 the 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 long distances or ascending our peaks obviously does require a degree of fitness. However, we are never racing, and we take safe hiking 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 60 or over or have a medical condition we  may ask you to provide a note from your GP confirming you are capable of completing the expedition.

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.

How big will the group be?

The group will be a maximum of 20 people, so places are limited.

What’s 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 hiking days
Celebratory dinner on the last day.

What other costs are there?

You will need to budget for the following:

Travel to and from the start/end point(s) of the event
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 (suggested £10)
Insurance if you require it (not compulsory for UK treks)

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 and this is the most secure and convenient way for the charity 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 Haemochromatosis Society Autumn Raffle 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.

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