Sunday 5 April 2020
Walk or run, solo or in a relay around the 40 mile countryside route starting and finishing at
the Queens Head, Meriden.
Walk for fun or charity and enjoy the atmosphere of “A Coventry Way Challenge”.
Food and drinks at 7 checkpoints.
Meal at the finish for all participants and helpers.
Starts and finishes at the Queens Head, Meriden.
A younger entrant must be either a member of the LDWA or, if not a member, accompanied at all times
by a parent or legal guardian.
An under 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
The first “challenge” was staged as a charity event on 15 October 1997 starting at The Queen’s Head in Meriden. It was organised by John Green’s “Justice on Legs” committee and it raised significant amount for Macmillan Nurses and Coventry Crossroads.
The week-end before, John Green, supported by family and friends walked the route over two days.
Basil Heatley, Silver Medallist in the Marathon at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics attended the event and took part in the celebrations.
Simon Harper and Ian Davies completed the course and set a new record of 7 hours 23 minutes.
The Octavian Droobers relay team set a target of 5 hours 40 minutes for future challengers.
The now famous and sought after green shirts were first produced by Ian Davies.
You’ll find the results of that challenge as well as all others since on our results pages.
Anyone completing the challenge automatically gains membership of our 40-Mile Club. There are no benefits bestowed by membership other than to be recognised as a 40-miler in our records. Take a look at our 40-mile table and see how many people have completed the challenge and picked up that all-important T-shirt and on how many occasions.
Experiences of some who completed the Challenge in the early years