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The Doko Challenge South

Start date: 12/06/2022

Our annual 5km Doko Challenge South returns for another year.

This unique event sees participants running in the footsteps of the ‘Bravest of the Brave’.  Based on a pivotal part of the Gurkha selection process, we challenge you to take on an undulating 5km cross-country course through Wimbledon Common with a weighted Nepali Doko basket strapped to your back.  After last year’s sell-out event, places are sure to be in demand and competition will be fierce!

You can choose a weight for your Doko basket of 5kg, 10kg or 15kg, and can run, jog, or walk the route.  Those looking to push themselves can aim to beat the Gurkha recruitment time of 46 minutes, or even last year’s fastest time of 21 minutes 18 seconds!

Not sure what a Doko basket is and why it’s so significant to the Gurkhas?  Click here to find out more.

Start Line: 
Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields
Roehampton Vale
London SW15 3PQ

Key timings:
11:00 Registration & Doko basket collection
12:15 Welcome & warm-up
12:30 Race begins
14:00 Finishers group photo

Refreshments will be available to purchase at the start/finish area, including delicious Nepali Street Food from The Urban YakWimbledon & Putney Commons are fully open to the public, so bring your family and friends along and make a day of it!

Registration

REGISTRATION IS OPEN.  When you’re ready to take part, simply click below to register.

Registration fee: £25 per person

The registration deadline is Midnight on Sunday 5 June, but places are limited and we may close registration early if all places are filled.

Register for Doko South

Included in your registration:

∙ Doko basket for the race, complete with your chosen weight. Don’t worry, Gurkhas will be on hand to make sure it is fitted correctly!
∙ Chip timers and online results, viewable on the day
∙ A fully signposted, 5km cross-country course, with volunteers marshalling the route and cheering you on throughout
∙ All-important finishers medal
∙ Goodie bag, complete with an exclusive GWT Doko Challenge T-shirt
∙ Individual and group finish line photos, available via our online gallery after the event.

Fundraising for the Doko Challenge

We suggest you set a fundraising target of £150.  Alongside keeping fit and challenging yourself, you can take great pride in raising money to support our team in Nepal, keeping our Gurkha veterans and widows safe and giving them the means to live with dignity.

Your online fundraising page will be created automatically when you register, and we will be on hand throughout, providing tips and fundraising resources to help you achieve your target.  Please email Keta at challenges@gwt.org.uk with any queries you may have.

Volunteer

If tackling the course isn’t for you but you’d still love to get involved, why not volunteer for the day?!  We are looking for an army of volunteers to cheer, guide, and support participants along the route.  It promises to be a great day out – simply email challenges@gwt.org.uk to register your interest.

See photos from last year’s Doko Challenge South here.

Please click here for our Terms and Conditions.

With special thanks to our medal sponsors for this year’s Doko South challenge, GlobeInvest Ventures

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about The Doko Challenge.

Where is the South event?

Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields
Roehampton Vale
London, SW15 3PQ

What are you doing to ensure the event is COVID-19 Safe?

This event will strictly abide by any COVID-19 Government Guidelines in place at the time of the race.  The safety and wellbeing of our supporters is our top priority.  If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Keta at challenges@gwt.org.uk.

How much is it to enter?

£25.00 per person.

How do I register for a place?

You can register for the Doko South here.

When is the closing date for registration?

Registration for the Doko Challenge South closes at Midnight on Sunday 5 June 2022.  Places are limited and we reserve the right to close registration early if all places are filled.

How will I know I am officially registered for this event?

You will receive a receipt via email from our registration platform, Enthuse.

Can I enter on the day?

Limited entries may be available on the event day (subject to the event not reaching capacity). Please check the website for updates to see if this is possible.

How much do I need to fundraise?

We suggest all participants set a fundraising target of £150 each to help support our vital work in Nepal.

Is it possible to enter as a team?

Yes.  Please register as individuals then email challenges@gwt.org.uk with your preferred team name and the names of all team members.

Is there an age limit for taking part?

All entrants must be at least 18 years or over on the day of the event.  There is no upper age limit – in 2021, our oldest participant was 91 years old!

I am a wheelchair user or have specific access requirements, can I take part?

Unfortunately, due to the arduous cross-country terrain, the Doko Challenges are not suitable for wheelchair users.

What will I need to bring on the day?

• Comfortable running shoes
• Running shorts or jogging bottoms
• Waterproof Jacket
• Layers to keep warm before and after the race
• Extra padding for your back (e.g., a towel)
• Water bottle
• Sunscreen/sunglasses

The event will take place in any weather. If extreme weather conditions are forecast, the situation will be reviewed and participants will be informed 48 hours before the event.  Please check the forecast and arrive in the appropriate clothing to keep warm/stay cool.

Are there any associated runs for children?

Unfortunately, we are only providing a race option for adult participants.  Families, children, and supporters are welcome to come along and cheer on the participants, to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the day.

I have registered but am now unable to take part, what are my options?

Please click here to refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Can I give my race number to someone else?

Your race number is connected to your personal and emergency contact details, so for safety reasons, race numbers are not transferable.

I’ve been injured/I’m not feeling well… Can I still run?

If you are not feeling well, we recommend that you do not attend.  If you have been injured, please seek advice directly from your GP or a medical professional.  This is a challenging event and we only advise participants to take part if they are fit to do so.

Can I amend my details?

Yes.  Simply login to your registration portal/ fundraising page using your order number and email address to amend your details.

When will I receive my Race Pack?

Race Packs containing all necessary information (race number, route map, arrival information, key timings, etc.) will be emailed to all participants 2 weeks prior to the event.

When will I receive my race number and timing chip?

On arrival at the event.  Please report to the Registration Tent to collect your printed race number, and timing chip.

When will I receive my race start time?

This will be emailed to you with your race pack, 2 weeks before the event. We will operate a staggered start with participants divided into waves.  You will be assigned to a ‘wave’, and each wave will start a few minutes apart.

Do I need to register on the day of the event?

Yes, please go to the Registration Tent on arrival.

What will the Doko basket be filled with to make up my chosen weight?

Sandbags

If the Doko weight I have pre-chosen is too heavy on event day, can I change this?

Yes, if you are not comfortable with the weight you have chosen when you try it on, it will be possible to change it. Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to the race start to be properly fitted with your Doko basket. The minimum weight is 5kg. A team from The Gurkha Welfare Trust will be on hand to assist with fitting your basket.

When will I receive my official time?

At the end of the race, you will be able to check your race time immediately online. After the event, we will post the link to view all finish times on our website.

I haven’t received my fundraising pack, who should I contact about this?

You can contact Keta at challenges@gwt.org.uk or 01722 323955.

Is there a baggage drop facility?

Yes, there will be a baggage drop tent available for participants if necessary. Although the tent will be manned throughout the day, event staff cannot take any responsibility for your belongings. Please only bring essential items with you.

Is there parking available on site?

Yes, there is free parking available at the event. Look out for the signs on arrival and follow the marshals' instructions.

Can I borrow a Doko basket to train with?

Unfortunately, we cannot loan our Doko baskets; they were specially made in Nepal and shipped to the UK, so we have limited numbers. The best training aid is a backpack worn with two shoulder straps with your chosen weight inside.

What happens if I can’t carry the Doko all the way around the course?

We will have marshals helping around the course to give you encouragement and assistance. If you need to stop or leave your Doko partway through the race, please find your nearest steward and they will assist you.

What happens if I don’t make the 46-minute Doko Challenge finish time?

Don't worry! You can finish the challenge in your own time and still get your well-earned medal, t-shirt and goodie bag.

Will there be refreshments available around the course?

No, but water will be available to participants at the start/finish area. Please remember to bring a refillable water bottle with you.

Venue
Wimbledon and Putney Commons
Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields Wimbledon, London SW15 3PQ United Kingdom
Wimbledon and Putney Commons