Usually held on the May Bank Holiday, this highly popular event is not about racing along the BCN. It’s about careful planning, and developing a cunning plan well ahead of the event. The fun starts with maps of the BCN, all available canal guides, and all online resources. It’s not about winning, it’s about exploring and getting deeply involved with the Birmingham canals.
How does it work? You’ll learn, months ahead, where the Challenge finishes, and where you should arrive, on the Sunday, for a fun afternoon with the other participants, and perhaps a BBQ. You start, wherever you like, at 8am on Saturday. Six hours of rest are mandatory, where and when is up to you. Planning is everything.
Points are awarded for navigating under-used parts of the BCN, for reaching certain locations, and for answering clever questions about something on or near the canals, and for the number of locks and miles you’ve done. It’s not a race, it’s about clever planning. Having a Plan B (or C), should you discover, at 8am on the Saturday, that you are last in the queue to go down Farmers Bridge locks. Doing then something queue-less could make all the difference.
It’s all about fun, and exploring the BCN. I’ve taken part three times myself, lots of photos here. Highly recommended.
Details will be published, as soon as we know them, on the Upcoming Events page.
To give you an idea how it all works – here are the documents for the 2019 event, just for your information. The 2020 documents are not yet finished.