36th Annual  Moonraker

The Event Information

About the event:  This will be the 36th Moonraker Orienteering Night Walk Challenge organised by The Rotary Club of Langley & Iver, to be held during the hours of darkness in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB), renowned for the ancient Ridgeway Path passing over chalk bedrock, where the Ice Age glaciers once ended. The terrain is very varied. The majority of the route is away from houses, as we must respect the local residents.

There is emphasis made on fund raising. Teams of walkers gain sponsorship for charity and set off at intervals in the early evening to find their way using a map and compass, around the course, which changes each year. A good pair of walking shoes or walking boots, together with warm clothing must be worn.

A map and a set of clues and questions are given out at the beginning of the walk and half way round. The completed sheets are collected in at the end of the walk. Each stage is timed, and the answers and scores are checked and added up at the end.

Check Points all have radio links to Central Control. If walkers become over due at checkpoints they are supported by radio links to Search & Rescue teams. First Aid support is set up at Central Control and can attend on site if needed, plus there is the further back up of emergency services.

In 2018 the March event was cancelled at very short notice to due to amber warning adverse weather conditions(severe snow)(but we rescheduled later that year in November), this was a great disappointment to walkers and event organisers, however historically the event has only been cancelled once before with much more notice due to a Foot & Mouth outbreak effecting rural areas of the UK. Not bad for 36 years.

Who can take part: Youth and Community Groups, clubs, schools, charities, businesses, families, groups of friends, neighbours, work teams, churches, Scouts, Guides, ATC; Army, Sea Scouts etc. Any combination of people can come together to raise money for their favourite charities and Rotary charities.:

Walkers Feedback

'Gives people a challenge whilst raising money.'

'A good way of keeping fit on a dark winter night'

'It is a brilliant example of teamwork, with lots of people working together. '

'It is a good way to gain sponsorship as it is a bit different...from just a walk.'

'Creates a good team spirit'

Start Point Address Location: To be announced, in the Chiltern Hills

Directions: -To be announced.

This is also our Central Control where we monitor team progress, Food, Refreshment, Welfare and First Aid

Start times: On the evening of Saturday 19th October,2019. The 1st 2 teams set off at tba  ##hrs then other teams follow at 5 minute  intervals.

Finish: Will vary from team to team some finish before midnight others into the early hours next day.

Distance walked: 2 courses are offered Approx 5mile & 10miles, if you don't make any mistakes! There are check points along the course and search and rescue to monitor and retrieve any people who go off track. 

Location: Somewhere in the Chiltern Hills Countryside near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire UK. Start location see above.

Cost:  New Entries £15.00/person £45 per team of 3 which includes hot food and refreshments at the half way stage.

Competitors Age:   Minimum age 14 years. Team leader minimum age 16 with no maximum age, (many retired people take part).

Trophies & Shields:  There are several trophies that can be won details listed below.

1/ Slough Observer Cup:  for the team which scores overall the highest points of the competition.

2/ Parsons Trumek Ltd- Shield: for the team which collects the most sponsorship

3/ The Breslin Rotaract Challenge Cup: (Inter Rotaract Club Challenge)for the Rotaract Team which scores overall the highest points.

Results: Will be published on this website, date to be advised.We will also follow up with a Results email to all participants 

Health & Safety:  As well as safety plan, qualified First Aid and Recovery are in attendance, with the back up of Statutory Services. RAYNET(Amateur Radio provide communications links between check points and search and rescue and First Aid), RAYNET are licensed by Home Office and use the event for their training. Walkers who are unable to complete the course can be brought back to base if they feel the need.

Welfare: Central Control has food and refreshments and toilets (there are no toilets on the route). First Aid will be on site and mobile to attend where necessary.

Booking:  Go to download page and Contact page, book and pay online or by post there is also a phone number. The completed Application Form can be scanned or take a clear photograph of each page(by phone or camera) and email to us. You will then have a record of the documents you sent. 

Event Organisers: Rotary Club of Langley & Iver based in the Thames Valley near Slough.


Leaflets: Go to Download page

For further reading: ​

Don't panic, you don't need to be an expert, follow the link and read up. Begineers section will reassure you. If you get lost our Search & Rescue Teams with Raynet will find you.




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