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The WILD Vertical Challenge

1st December 2021 to 28th February 2022
The WILD Vertical Challenge

Challenge Type: Flash Challenge

Challenge Goal: Vertical Metres Climbed

About the Challenge:

No matter what distance competitors in The WILD - Epic Mountain Runs choose to tackle they will need to be hill fit. VERY hill fit! The 50-mile course, which you could win a free entry to by taking part in this challenge, has close to 5,000m of vert and goes over (or very close to) 4 named peaks. You get the picture! So here’s a great way to build a solid base for the race over this summer…

Every run that you do from 1st December 2021 to 28th February 2022 that includes at least one peak listed in the Wild Things Peak Directory will earn you challenge points. The number of points earned will be the same as the total elevation gain for that qualifying run. So, for example, if you do a run that goes over a listed peak that includes 755m of vertical gain then you will earn 755 challenge points. 

The run must take in a listed peak in order to qualify.

The run, or the peak, does not need to be on a trail directory trail.

Each challenge point you earn gives you one chance in the end-of-challenge prize draw. The more you earn the better your chances. You can track your progress and standing on the challenge leaderboard.

Challenge Prizes:

Up for grabs are two free entries to the Further Faster 50-mile event at the inaugural running of The WILD on December 10th 2022*

  1. The first prize will be drawn as a spot prize. Each Challenge Pt you earn gives you one chance in this draw.
  2. The second prize will be awarded to the person who we judge posts the best picture from a qualifying run to their Instagram account using the hashtag #thewildepicchallenge - quality pics that are in keeping with the theme of the Challenge have the best chance of being selected.

* NB the 50 mile event requires all entrants to meet the qualification criteria for the race. If you’re interested but have not yet received your Warrant of Wildness you can apply here. If you don’t qualify or would prefer to enter a shorter distance then your prize can be used for a free entry to the 20 mile run instead.

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Wild Explorer Challenge Total
1 Kyle Malone 32,319m
2 Chris Fahey 32,309m
3 Steve Tripp 30,530m
4 John Iseli 30,465m
5 Brook van Reenen 29,157m
6 Robyn Lesh 28,958m
7 Sam Mowat 27,315m
8 Shonagh North 26,621m
9 Ben Brown 25,681m
10 Malcolm Law 25,648m
11 Chloe Vincent 24,047m
12 Richard Jackson 22,443m
13 Taye Pugh 20,409m
14 Theodore Eyster 20,104m
15 Derek Mc goldrick 18,405m
16 Lisa Ainley 17,913m
17 Nick Tweed 17,753m
18 Katie Wright 17,520m
19 Mike McManaway 16,674m
20 Ian Gilmour 16,526m
21 Adam Keen 15,507m
22 Ryan Hattle 14,772m
23 Grant Pritchard 14,641m
24 Ben Cullen 13,889m
25 Steve Beatson 13,233m
26 Joe Benbow 12,622m
27 Jamie Calder 12,492m
28 Jeremy Edwards 12,378m
29 Heather McDonald 12,246m
30 Terry McDonald 12,229m
31 Caro Orum 12,194m
32 Donna Edwards 11,873m
33 Quinn Hawkins 11,442m
34 Solitaire Durante 11,155m
35 Paul Forbes 11,128m
36 Scott Ferguson 10,985m
37 Jake Trinder 10,864m
38 Sarah Bauer 10,455m
39 Carys John 10,317m
40 Sarah Coxon 10,046m
41 Rachael Tobeck 9,797m
42 Jeremy Wheeler 9,416m
43 Tony Sharpe 9,406m
44 Magnus Hammarsal 8,922m
45 Kat Webber 8,611m
46 Emma Rogers 8,506m
47 Mike Kerr 8,403m
48 Tracey McKay 8,352m
49 Steve Anderson 8,326m
50 Gavin Dale 8,286m
51 Darren de Groot 8,180m
52 Lynette ELFICK 7,901m
53 Andy Crosland 7,502m
54 Tim Shaw 7,441m
55 Geoffrey Smith 7,193m
56 Adam Clifford 7,151m
57 Max Stenhouse Burgess 7,135m
58 Bartosz Morawiec 6,872m
59 Miriam Bartlett 6,685m
60 Richele McKenzie 6,653m
61 Jonathan Drake 6,354m
62 Paul Nicholas 6,283m
63 Chrissy Schreiber 5,918m
64 Tim Carpenter 5,657m
65 Grant Allerby 5,654m
66 Allysia Kraakman 5,520m
67 Rob Stent 5,509m
68 Laura Crossan 5,409m
69 Matt Halverson 5,320m
70 Rob Bathgate 5,297m
71 Penny Oxley 4,947m
72 Mike Tennent 4,920m
73 Helen Rowland 4,915m
74 Mason Spiers 4,775m
75 Corey Woodward 4,611m
76 Jasmine MNijel 4,566m
77 Matt Barton 4,377m
78 Don Laing 4,351m
79 James Stewart 4,338m
80 Erin Enright 4,320m
81 Victoria Gallagher 4,267m
82 Lu Rvs 4,180m
83 Patrick Clissold 4,174m
84 Keri Devine 4,147m
85 Rebecca Deutsch 4,044m
86 Tamsen Walker 3,839m
87 Brad Spiers 3,746m
88 Isaac Tripp 3,480m
89 Eleri Clissold 3,424m
90 Conor Keena 3,389m
91 Matt Bixley 3,228m
92 Ben Mcdrury 3,205m
93 Jayne Tankersley 3,140m
94 Amy Whitehead 3,071m
95 Tim Morton 3,049m
96 Garry Walker 2,983m
97 Isobel Stout 2,599m
98 James Goodwill 2,444m
99 Paul Parsonage 2,406m
100 Denise Limby 2,198m
101 Stu Houston 2,175m
102 Neil Trimboy 2,133m
103 Callum Templeton 2,113m
104 Simon Rea 1,452m
105 Raewyn Peters 1,281m
106 Heather Leslie 1,267m
107 Olivia Harris 1,128m
108 Isobel Platt 963m
109 Sharon Davis 836m
110 Suzannah Toulmin 751m
111 Liv Flett 707m
112 Alun Davies 565m
113 Craig Monkman 519m
114 Brad Bellamy 469m
115 Stefanie Parks 436m
116 David Ching 394m
117 Katie Ridley 308m
=118 Mike Monastra 0m
=118 Debbi Bamfield 0m
=118 Tj Smart 0m
=118 Dianne Bailey 0m
=118 Nikki Kear 0m
=118 Maximilliano Molina 0m
=118 Adam Forwood 0m
=118 Jayde Kruger 0m
=118 June Hart 0m
=118 Maria Smith 0m
=118 Gerald Masters 0m
=118 Pete Connole 0m
=118 Holly Barclay 0m
=118 Leah King 0m
=118 Andrew Harvey 0m
=118 Michael Loftus 0m
=118 Heidi Su 0m
=118 Paul Rose 0m
=118 Mark Craig 0m

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