November 9, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Ian Waddington


Ian Waddington

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

Ive been with Charity Challenge about 6 years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

My favourite challenge was the Coppafeel Scottsh HighlandsTrek in Glen Lyon.  Fabulous people, coping with so much.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

I don’t think my bucket will ever run dry, I love going to new places and experiencing somewhere new.  Iceland, Annapurna circuit, paragliding in Nepal, etc.  

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

Carrying 10kg of stone up my nearest hill helped me get back in shape after the Covid lockdown, it didn’t really get easier, the time taken just got shorter.  

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

My go to snack on the hill is a Go Bar, for me it is the right combination of carbohydrate with a bit of sweetness.  I usually have some sort of ’treat’ though.  

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Staying hydrated, thirst is a bad indicator of dehydration, a little bit of water often is better than a deluge.  

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Personal first aid, 4 person group shelter, bit of insulated map to sit on (warmer backside and less ticks), head torch (learnt the hard way), dreams and aspirations.  

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Being a leader means you meet wonderful people who are doing something that is for more than themselves, the bonus is going somewhere new, we also get to work with like minded leaders.  

What is your proudest achievement to date?

I’ve done some crazy personal challenges, learning to short rope someone off the Matterhorn back in the 1980’s is definitely up there.

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