Next Challenge Grant – Past Winners

Below you can find out about all of the people who have won The Next Challenge Grant.

Elise Downing - Running the Coast of Great Britain

Winners of The Next Challenge Grant

Click a link below to read stories from winners who have reported back after completing their adventures.

You can see all their reports here.

Year Winner Expedition Award Other award Status
2017 Lisa & Libby Cycling between and running up all the Munros £600 Ongoing
2017 Robin Lewis Walking Japan's tsunami-affected coast line £400 Completed
2017 Tina Page Running the Three Peaks £200 Ongoing
2017 Guru and family Walking in the Western Ghats £100 Completed
2017 Tom and Susannah Britten 12 adventures with a newborn £100 TBC
2017 Gordon Macrae Walking the length of Long Island £100 TBC
2017 Emily and Lua Fitzherbert Paddling boarding every lake in the Lake District £100 Ongoing
2017 Daniel and Fernando Cycling Camino De Santiago on a tandem £100 TBC
2017 Joshua Powell Running a marathon at Marathon in ancient Greek armour £100 TBC
2017 Dan Keeley Running from Rome to home (England) £100 Stove, camping mat Ongoing
2017 Valeriy Darmostuk Walking the Tendrivska spit £100 TBC
2017 Ivaylo Gueorgiev Circumnavigating Menorca on foot £100 TBC
2017 Gary Marshall Swimming the Yorkshire coastline £100 TBC
2017 Joanne McCallum Stand-up paddle boarding across Lough Neagh £60 TBC
2017 Megan Cumberlidge Bikepacking the GR247 in Andalusia £50 Bikepacking bags TBC
2017 Julia Wickham Hiking the length of Portugal £50 Stove TBC
2016 Nick Stanton Cycling the Berlin Wall £65 Completed
2016 Jade Tseng Cycling Belle Ile on a tandem £90 TBC
2016 Ed March-Shawcross Isle of Arran triathlon £100 Completed
2016 Kerry Anne Mairs Five bothies with a five year old £100 Completed
2016 Kate Symonds-Joy One woman opera in a lighthouse £200 TBC
2016 Chase Lewine Death Valley to Mount Whitney £200 TBC
2016 Karl Booth Mountain biking to the north of Europe £150 Completed
2016 Roger Rayner Students building bamboo bikes and cycling coast-to-coast £100 TBC
2016 Thomas Hart Walking barefoot across South Africa £200 Completed
2016 Charlie+Sam King Teenager and brother cycling across Europe £200 Completed
2016 Graham Clarke Paddling a self-made raft down the Shannon £100 TBC
2016 Jenny Tough Running across the Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan £100 Completed
2016 Dylan Haskin Cycling a beach cruiser around the coast of Costa Rica £150 Stanforth bike Completed
2016 Bex Band London Loop on a kick scooter £100 Completed
2016 Amanda McDonnell Running across the Channel Islands £100 Completed
2016 Heather Jones Welsh Three Peaks hike, bike and swim Stanforth bike Completed
2016 Nate Freeman Walking 50 miles to work Keen boots Completed
2015 Richard Fairbrother Walking the Great Wall in winter £125 Completed
2015 Elise Downing Running 5,000 miles around the coast of Great Britain £800 Completed
2015 Abbie Barnes Walking all the National Trails £200 Completed
2015 Mikey Bartley Cycling eight times up Alpe d'Huez £100 Completed
2015 Ben & Jude Packrafting the Caledonian canal £100 Completed
2015 Robinson Ellin Cycling to the Anne Frank museum and back £100 TBC
2015 George Kefford Teenagers crossing Stradbroke island £70 Completed
2015 Carmen Braun 100 nights camping in a year Keen boots Completed
Cancelled trips

2015: Katie Tunn, living on an uninhabited island for a month (£100). Cancelled because she took part in a TV show about living on an uninhabited island!


Crossing Stradbroke Island

Ben Smith & Judith Pope - Pakrafting Caledonian Canal

Mikey Bartley cycling up Alp d'Huez

Amanda McDonnell - Running the Channel Islands

Robin Lewis - Walking Japan's coastline

Elise Downing - Running the Coast of Great Britain

Cycling the Berlin Wall

Kerry-Anne Mairs - 5 nights in 5 bothies with a 5-year-old

Charlie & Sam King - Cycling through Europe

Heather Jones - Cycling the Welsh Three Peaks

Abbie Barnes - Walking the National Trails

Richard Fairbrother - Walking the Great Wall in Winter

Megan Cumberlidge - Bikepacking the GR247 in Andalusia

Dan Keeley - Running from Rome to home

Guru and family - Walking in the Western Ghats

Dani and Fernando - Tandem Camindo de Santiago

Joanne Mccallum - Paddleboarding Lough Neagh

2017 Grant winners

  1. Lisa & Libby – Cycling and running all the Scottish Munros – £600
  2. Robin Lewis – Walking Japan’s tsunami-affected coast line – £400
  3. Tina Page – Running the Three Peaks – £200
  4. Guru, Druthi, Dyuthi and Adithi  – Walking in the Western Ghats – £100
  5. Tom and Susannah – 12 adventures with a newborn – £100
  6. Gordon Macrae – Walking the length of Long Island – £100
  7. Emily and Lua – Paddling boarding every lake in the Lake District – £100
  8. Daniel and Fernando – Cycling Camino De Santiago on a tandem – £100
  9. Joshua Powell – Running a marathon at Marathon in ancient Greek armour – £100
  10. Dan Keeley – Running from Rome to home (England) – £100 + kit
  11. Valeriy Darmostuk – Walking the Tendrivska spit – £100
  12. Ivaylo Gueorgiev – Circumnavigating Menorca on foot – £100
  13. Gary Marshall – Swimming the Yorkshire coastline – £100
  14. Joanne McCallum – Stand-up paddle boarding across Lough Neagh – £60 (full amount)
  15. Megan Cumberlidge – Bikepacking the GR247 in Andalusia – £50 + kit
  16. Julia Wickham – Hiking the length of Portugal – £50 + kit

Click here to read all articles about the 2017 Next Challenge Grant…


2016 Grant winners

Winners of The Next Challenge Grant in 2016 were:

  • Nick Stanton – Cycling the Berlin Wall (£65)
  • Jade Tseng – Pedalling the coast of Belle Ile on a tandem (£90)
  • Ed March-Shawcross – Scottish triathlon in miniature (£100)
  • Kerry-Anne Mairs – 5 nights in 5 bothies with a 5 year old (£100)
  • Kate Symonds-Joy – cycling to the northernmost lighthouse in the UK to perform an opera (£200)
  • Chase Lewine – Death Valley to Mount Whitney (£200)
  • Karl Booth – Mountain biking to the top of Europe (£150)
  • Roger Rayner – Building bamboo bikes with school kids and cycling coast-to-coast (£100)
  • Thomas Hart – Walking barefoot across South Africa (£200)
  • Charlie & Sam King – Two brothers cycling across Europe (£200)
  • Graham Clarke – Paddling the River Shannon on a home-made raft (£100)
  • Jenny Tough – Running across Kyrgyzstan (£100)
  • Dylan Haskin – Cycling around Costa Rica on a beach cruiser (£150)
  • Bex Band – The London Loop on a Scooter (£100)
  • Amanda McDonnell – Running across the Channel Islands (£100)
  • Heather Jones – Hike, bike and swim the Welsh Three Peaks (Kibo bike)
  • Nate Freeman – Walking 50 miles to work (Keen boots)

Click here to read all articles about the 2016 Next Challenge Grant


2015 Grant winners

The Next Challenge Grant first ran in 2015. The winners were:

  • Elise Downing – Running the Coast of Great Britain (£800)
  • George & Jaxson – Crossing Stradbroke Island – £70
  • Richard Fairbrother – Great Wall Winter Walk – £125
  • Mikey Bartley – Five Ascents of Alp d’Huez on a Fixed Gear Bike – £100
  • Ben Smith & Judith Pope – Pakrafting the Caledonian Canal – £100
  • Katie Tunn – A Month on an Uninhabited Island – £100
  • Robison Ellin – 48 Hour Cycle to/from Anne Frank Museum – £100
  • Abbie Barns – Walking all the National Trails – £200
  • Sebastian Schweizer – Swimming the Gulf of Orosei – Kit only
  • Carmen Braun – 100 Nights’ Camping in a Calendar Year – Kit only

Click here for full details of the 2015 grant and the winners


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