Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?   

The Registration Area will be in Malvern Priory Park. Those arriving by car can park one of the may carparking areas around Priory Park (See Registration and Finish Area map). You will need to purchase a parking ticket at £3 for the day for the car park. If you do not wish to pay for parking please park on the roads nearby. Those arriving by train will find that there is a frequent rail service to Great Malvern Station which is only a short walk away.

 

The entry fee for the Long Walk is £20 for Adults and £10 for Children under 14. For the Short Walk it is £18 for adults and £10 for children. If you are entering as a team, it is requested that the team leader registers and pays for the total number of team members, enters the team name and the names of all entrants in the registration form. 

How much does it cost to enter?   
Are there are any medical restrictions in taking part in the Challenge event?

It is the responsibility of every walker to ensure they are suitably fit and healthy to undertake the Malvern Hills Challenge.  As it says in the name 'Challenge' there are some difficult aspects to the walk with some paths with steep ascents and descents.  Entrants are responsible for ensuring that, where required, they have with them any medication or medical devices that might be needed on the Challenge. 

Is there a event pack?   

On the day of the Challenge, you will be given a Route Guide with detailed maps and narrative of the route. You will also receive a T-shirt, a self-adhesive race number and we plan to provide walkers with a bottle of water each. 

 

What do I need to bring?   

CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST!  It is recommended to bring good walking boots/shoes, windproof top, water, sunscreen, waterproofs (weather dependent), food, water and a fully charged mobile phone. For safety reasons, please keep to the marked paths, follow the direction signs and take litter home or dispose of it properly. There is good mobile coverage on the Hills and we will sweep the route after the last walkers have set off. If you are bringing your dog(s), please take doggy poo bags, and tidy up after your dogs, keep them on a lead near any animals and through Bromesberrow Estate. All entrants are asked to observe the Countryside Code.  Make the most of the Malvern Hills Challenge with the free app from Ordnance Survey; the  OS Locate app.  It provides GPS location readings and a compass on your phone.

 
Are there any toilets?

Toilets are situated at the North end of the Registration/Finish area see the map, Porta Loos at the Long Route Start and in the various hotels and cafes along the route, see the Route Page for details.

How do I collect sponsorship?   
What happens when we finish?   

The Malvern Hills Challenge is registered on JustGiving if you wish to ask people to sponsor you online. Alternatively, there is a sponsorship form that is available to download from here. Please note sponsorship is not mandatory and your entry fee is already a contribution to Help for Heroes. 

 

The Malvern Hills Challenge Finish area is in Priory Park, the same place as Registration see the Finish area mapThe Registration/Finish area will be manned throughout the day and will close at 1800 hrs.  When you Finish you must check in first using your race number. Malvern’s Mayor and other dignitaries will then present medals and rosettes to you and their dogs, you and your friends, family and team members will be able to have your photograph taken, you can view and purchase the photos here. There will be a variety of stalls at the Finish area, including a food stall, an ice cream van.  There are also First Aid facilities available.

 
Is there a finish time?

The Finish is in Malvern Priory Park, where you registered.  This will be manned by the MHC Team until 1800 hrs. Drop off times at the Long Walk and Short Walk start points are calculated to allow entrants plenty of time to complete the Challenge. People on the Long Walk will have between 9 hours from the first drop off to 7 hours from the last drop off (average time is 6 hours) to complete the route. People on the Short Walk will have between 7 hours from the first drop off to 6 hours from the last drop off (average time is 3 hours) to complete the route.  The Finish area will close at 1800 hrs.  We will count everyone out and everyone back in.  If any walker(s) have not checked in at the Finish, an investigation will take place and a search will be mounted if required.  An MHC team will sweep the routes after the last drop offs. 

Are there any places to eat and drink along the route?   
How do I contact Malvern H4H?   

There are a number of establishments along the route including, the Malvern Hills Hotel, H2O Cafe at the Wyche Cutting, the Wyche Inn, St Ann’s Well Café, the Mount Pleasant Hotel and the Great Malvern Hotel. There will also be a food stall at the Finish. See the Route Page and the Route Guide for more details.

 

Help for Heroes Malvern is run by volunteers. If you cannot find the information you need in the pages of this website please do contact us. Malvern Hills Challenge terms and conditions are available on request. You can message us through this website using the contact form, find us on Facebook, or email us on  malvernhillschallenge@gmail.com. You can also call on 07766 954302.

 

We will be conducting registration in three waves at Malvern Priory Park.  For the Long Walk - Wave A is open between 0700-0830 hrs and Wave B is open between 0830-1000 hrs, busses to the Long Walk Start will depart from 0730 hrs.  For the Short Walk - Wave C between 1000-1100 hrs, busses to the Short Walk Start will depart from 1015 hrs.

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