The entry process for 2022 begins:
- 20th September – Applications for the TGO Challenge will open to those with guaranteed places. A link to the entry form will be emailed to those who are eligible. Anyone who does not want to participate can have their place deferred to 2023.
A chance for those without guaranteed places to apply:
- 11th October – the last chance for those with guaranteed places to secure a 2022 spot by completing the entry from.
- 14th October – applications open (should there be spare places) for those without guaranteed places. The entry form will be posted on the website. If you have any questions about the Challenge or are wondering if you have enough experience, please contact the coordinators at email@example.com or phone 01540 673360 / 07786628105.
- 29th October – closing date for entries.
Time to pay:
- 7th November – If needed a draw will take place in early November. Places and starting days will be confirmed by email by this date and payment, where relevant, will be requested.
- 9th November – For those who already have their route in mind this is the earliest day you can submit it. Please don’t send it any earlier!
- 21st November – Closing date for payments. Any places that are not paid for within 2 weeks of a place being offered will be given to those initially unlucky in the draw.
What better way to spend winter evenings than plotting your route? You can submit your route for vetting at any time – no need to wait for your deadline! There is plenty of advice in the Event Details and the coordinators and vetters are on hand to help if you need any help or advice.
- 31st December – last chance to defer your place to 2023 without penalty.
If you haven’t submitted your route yet it’s definitely time to unfurl some maps – especially if you have a few Challenges under your belt.
- 18th January – Deadline for route submission if you, or anyone in your group, have completed 5 or more crossings.
Only three weeks left to finalise your route!
- 22nd February – Deadline if you, or all of your group, have completed fewer than 5 Challenges.
Now the days are getting longer it’s time to head out with your tent and get some practice in for the TGO Challenge.
- 8th March – Deadline for route revisions.
Final preparations. Have you any accommodation still to book? Time for those final gear checks.
- Late April – The event’s Final Details, giving up to date information including details of how to sign in and out of the Event and contact details for Challenge Control will be issued by email. We will also ask for details of your emergency contacts and any medical conditions.
The adventure begins! Time to travel to your chosen west coast start point.
- 10th-16th May. You can start from your chosen start point from 9am on your allocated start day. Those starting on or before the 13th May will have 15 days to cross. Later starters will have a shorter time for their crossing.
- 23rd-27th May – After reaching the coast between Fraserburgh and Montrose you may travel by motorised transport to Montrose where Challenge Control will be ready to greet you with a certificate and a T-shirt. Celebratory dinners will be held each evening in The Park Hotel ballroom. Plaques will be presented to those on their 10th, 20th and 30th crossings.
- 27th May – Challenge Control closes promptly at 5pm so the late starters shouldn’t linger too long on the beach!
Tell us about your experience. If you write a blog or put together a photo or video diary send it to the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to our blog roll. Carey Davies, editor of The Great Outdoors magazine, is usually looking for photos or accounts for the October issue which features the TGO Challenge. Then it’s time to think about your route for 2023!