Everests challege

QRC Fundraiser for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

The Challenge

Queensbury Running Club is (probably) the highest running club in England so it seems apt that we use our beloved hills that surround us to pull together as a club and raise some much-needed funds for the devasting impact of Coronavirus.

Mount Everest stands at 29029 feet / 8,848 metres so during the month of May, the challenge is for club members to collectively climb the equivalent of 10 Everests!  That’s 290,290 feet / 88,480 metres.

UPDATE: As of 13th May we’ve hit 10 Everests – so now we’re heading for 20!

The Charity

Sue Ryder, which runs Manorlands Hospice, relies on public donations to maintain its services.  The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that they have had to close their shops and cancel fundraising events meaning income sources have dried up.  Without immediate financial support, it will be forced to close.  Club members voted overwhelmingly for Manorlands as our chosen charity for its Coronavirus fundraiser.

Donation Platform

The Club has set up a fundraising site on Justgiving, for each member to share with their family, friends, colleagues and anyone else you can think of that may wish to support the cause.  The JustGiving page can be accessed online.  Please share far and wide. 

Tracking Method

Having explored the different methods available, the Club will be using the QRC Club on Strava to track our collective progress.  Therefore, if you’re not already a member of Strava, please could you join Strava and then join the QRC Club.  On the Strava app, go to ‘explore’, then ‘Clubs’ and type in ‘Queensbury RC’, click onto the club and then click ‘join’. Your request to join will then be reviewed and approved by an Administrator of the Strava Club and you will receive a notification when your request has been approved.

Important Note:

It is the Club’s intention to extract the Strava data to a separate record to enable tracking to take place in a usable format.  This will help us to provide regular updates such as the number of Everests climbed and the amount of elevation we have left to climb.  If you do not consent to your data being used in this way or stored for future reference related to this challenge, please let the club know by emailing Rob Glover so that we can remove your data from the challenge.


Each week as a minimum, we will provide a progress update detailing how far we’ve climbed and how far we’ve got left to go ensuring that we remain on target to achieve our goal of climbing Everest 10 times.


1. When does the challenge start and finish?
The challenge starts on 1st May and will finish at midnight on 31st May.

2. I was a fully paid up member during the 19/20 membership year but I haven’t paid my fees yet for the 20/21 membership year.  Can I participate?
Yes.  Everyone who was a member in the 19/20 membership year are invited to join in this challenge.

3. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to achieve much elevation as I don’t have much time for running during May, is it worth me participating?
Absolutely, every foot/metre climbed counts and helps towards the Club achieving its target of 10 Everests and raising funds for Manorlands.

4. Does my walking elevation count?
Yes, but please record your walks as runs on Strava, as this ensures we capture your activity properly.

5. Do I have to achieve a certain amount of elevation each week?
No, we are just asking members to build in as much elevation as they can sensibly and safely do, to their runs throughout May to help the Club achieve its target and raise funds for Manorlands.

6. I’m not a Strava user, do I have to join Strava to participate in the challenge?
Collating the data to monitor the Club’s progress is a big task. The QRC Club on Strava will assist hugely with reducing the amount of work required by automatically tracking and aggregating each member’s cumulative elevation throughout May.  We would therefore ask that you join Strava and then join the QRC Club on Strava to make the administration of the challenge as efficient as possible.  If you strongly object to joining Strava, or you record your runs via a method that does not link to Strava, you will need to inform us of your weekly elevation by emailing Rob Glover by 10pm each Sunday throughout May but we would ask that this is on an exception basis only.