The entry process for 2023 begins:
- 19th September – Applications for the TGO Challenge will open. Those with guaranteed places, including those deferred from 2020/21, still need to apply. The entry form will appear at the bottom of the Enter TGOC23 page. All team members must apply by the deadline. If you have any questions about the Challenge, are wondering if you have enough experience or need paper entry forms please contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07786628105 / 07769 952085
Entries close on:
- 23rd October. A draw for places will take place if needed.
Time to pay:
- 2nd November – Places will be confirmed by email by this date and payment, where relevant, will be requested.
- 4th November – For those who already have their route bear 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.
- 14th December – last chance to withdraw without losing your entry fee.
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.
- 17th 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!
- 21st 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.
Time to finalise any booked accommodation on your route and update your route sheet with their details
Final preparations -time for those final gear checks.
- Early 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.
- 11th and 12th May. If you have chosen either of these dates as your start day you have 15 days for your crossing. 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 and 20th crossings.
- 25th May – those starting on 11th May must finish and sign out in Montrose by 5pm.
- 26th May – Challenge Control closes promptly at 5pm so don’t linger too long on the beach!
- 23rd-26th May. Celebratory dinners will be held each evening. These can be booked when you submit your route.
Tell us about your experience. If you write a blog or put together a photo or video diary send it to the coordinators at email@example.com 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 2024!