2020 event timeline


Applications for the 41st TGO Challenge will be taken for 1 month from  13th September until 14th October.  Links to the online form will be available in the October issue of The Great Outdoors magazine as well as posted here and on Facebook and Twitter. Paper forms will also be available from the coordinators (01540 673360/673583) for those without internet access. 


Closing date for entries will be 14th October. If the Event is oversubscribed a draw will take place.  Applicants will be informed whether they have gained a place by the end of the month. If you have any questions about the Challenge or are wondering if you have enough experience, please contact the coordinators at newtonmorehostel@gmail.com or phone 01540 673360/673583.  If the Event is over subscribed a draw for places will take place.  Those who are unlucky will be offered guaranteed places in 2021. 


Time to pay the entry fee!  The cost for TGOC20 is £75 per person.  It is not refundable so please check you have the appropriate skills and you are able to get leave form work/family.  Any places that are not paid for within 2 weeks of a place being offered will be given to those initially unlucky in the draw.

It is now time to start plotting your route.  Full Event Details, including route planning advice, will be emailed to participants and route sheets will be made available to download.


What better way to spend winter evenings than plotting your route? You can submit your route for vetting at any time – no need to wait for the deadline! The coordinators and vetters are on hand to help if you need any help or advice.


Deadline for route submission if you, or one of your group, have completed 5 or more crossings is 13th  January.


Deadline if you, or all of your group, have completed fewer than 5 Challenges is 17th  February.


The deadline for route revisions is 2nd March. Now the days are getting longer it’s time to head out with your tent and get some practice in for the TGO Challenge.


Final preparations. Have you any accommodation still to book? Time for those final gear checks. The event’s Final Details will be issued by email.  We will also ask for details of your emergency contacts and any medical conditions.  


The adventure begins! Time to travel to your chosen west coast start point. You can sign out between 9am on Friday 8th May and 5pm on Monday 11th May. You can finish anywhere on the east coast between Fraserburgh and Arbroath but you must then get to Montrose by 5pm on 22nd  May for your crossing to count.

The finish celebrations start in Montrose during the second week. There is a large gathering for a three course meal on Thursday 21st May with smaller celebrations on 20th and 22nd.


Tell us about your experience. If you write a blog or put together a photo or video diary send it to the coordinators at newtonmorehostel@gmail.com and we will add it to our blog roll. Carey Davies, editor of The Great Outdoors magazine, is usually looking for photos or accounts for the October issue which features the Challenge.   Then it’s time to think about your route for next year!