TGO Challenge 2015: The numbers are in!

Some facts and stats from this year's Great Outdoors Challenge

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The Great Outdoors Challenge's fabulous coordinators, Sue Oxley and Ali Ogden, have been working through the records from this year's event. For those who participated this year, here are your essential stats on the TGO Challenge 2015 (for those who didn't, don't feel left out - you've got plenty of time to apply for next year... scroll down to find out more).


Of the 298 Challengers who started from the west coast, 268 completed their crossings, leaving 30 who were obliged to retire or resort to partial crossings only.

The first Challenger to finish was competition winner Kevin Powderly who, having only a week to play with, finished during the afternoon of Friday 15th. 

This year's final Challenger to check in to the Park Hotel in Montrose was John Burt, who finished at 4pm on Friday 22 May.

Our youngest Challenge pairing was Elaine Duncan (24) and her sister Linda (26). Our eldest pairing was Lou (85) and Phyllis (63) LaBorwit.

Our youngest solo Challenger was Melvin Den Os (22) who successfully completed in the company of his father Leo.

Our most experienced Challenger to reach the finish line was Bill Robertson on a truly remarkable 32nd crossing.

All those on their 10th and 20th crossings successfully completed and all attended the Thursday night dinner.

This year we celebrated our 8000th crossing! Lynsey Pooler completed her fourth crossing the day after her birthday.


The Great Outdoors Challenge is sponsored by The Great Outdoors magazine in partnership with Hanwag and Fjällräven. It is an annual coast-to-coast event in which every year, around 300 people backpack from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast, each following his or her own route.

For more information on 2015's event, check out the July edition of The Great Outdoors (on sale 25 June). For Challenger reports, more detailed information and forms for the 2016 event, make a note in your diaries to pick up the October issue (out 17 September).

Photo: Louise Evans