WHAT OUR CHALLENGERS SAY
Challenge Central has been successfully helping people overcome some of the toughest, most exciting challenges for many years. Here’s what they have to say about their experience with us:
"Thank you to the team at Challenge Central for putting on a wonderful event with the Dragon Boat Race Day. The Living Room Herts is a charity based in Stevenage and the Race Day is an chance for us to raise our profile in the local community and to raise vital funds in the form of sponsorship money.
The Challenge Day also offers an opportunity for local businesses to hire a boat to raise sponsorship money for our charity and, at the same time, give its staff members a fantastic day out.
Once again, the Dragon Boat Race Day was superbly organised by Selina and her team and the boat helmsmen did a great job steering our boat to the finishing line (despite that being no easy task). We look forward to next year’s challenge." - The Living Room
“I can't thank you enough - it was an amazing experience and a big challenge for me and Doris as relative beginners! I only bought Doris in December because of signing up for this! Thank you for your patience when I fell off! Thank you to Alan and Lorraine for all the support when riding ... and thank you to Mike for always appearing whenever we needed you! Seeing the van and your smiling face was "a little oasis in a cycling desert!” – Sally and Graham
"I just wanna say a huge Thankyou to all the team (including Selina) for making a fantastic memory that will be cherished .... be proud of what you guys have put together because you have something very special .... your customer service is faultless" – Nicki
"Every pre-ride detail planned. Good use of group, smart phone technology to keep everyone in the loop and updated. Met on the day. Bikes ready. Very friendly crew of Lorraine, Mike and Alan. Team briefing and off. These guys couldn't have done more. Made us feel very welcome and their individual knowledge of the route was second to none. Mike was always nearby in the support van in case of a problem or to refill water bottles. If you've ever fancied the challenge of London to Paris and want to tick it off you're bucket list, I would not hesitate to recommend Challenge Central to help you accomplish your goal. Go for it!” - Barry
"Thoroughly professional event organisation with everything in place to enable our team to relax and enjoy the ride in high spirits!" - Richard
"I started doing Challenge Central events in 2009. I always find them a positive experience and would urge everyone to get onto a CC event. They are a great mixture of a challenge and fun that you will remember for many years." - Duncan
"Having called several companies before I spoke to Challenge Central, to run a slightly bespoke London to Amsterdam bike challenge for us, I knew as soon as I spoke to Selina that they were the right company for us. Professional, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating to our requirements; the organisation running up to the trip was fantastic, with great communication and every detail covered.
The bike ride itself was an amazing experience for all involved, such great team spirit and the CC team got us to all of our destinations on time and without hiccups! It was fabulous to be able to have a bespoke route to fit in so many of our hotels. The team did a great job in keeping everyone together, and made the trip fun and stress free. Thank you so much for making our event such a great success and we look forward to hopefully working with you again next year." - Sarah
"Great event, really well organised and the guys are friendly helpful, knowledgeable and a good laugh." - Alistair
"The Challenge Central team were highly organised and provided all the information we needed in advance of the event, and expert guidance on the day. They ensured that the ride was safe, but also that every member of the team had an incredibly enjoyable experience both individually and as a team. Our challenge would not have been the resounding success it was without Challenge Central at the core of our team." - Rishi
“The London to Paris ride is a fantastic experience. It's challenging but very do-able, and the ride through the French countryside makes it all worthwhile. The Challenge Central team have every detail covered to ensure the ride runs like clockwork - routes, support and refreshment stops are all well organised and perfectly timed. I'd recommend Challenge Central any day.” Philippa
“All the team and staff at Challenge Central are first class. They have the experience, knowledge and know-how, combined with all the skills and abilities to tick every single box required. The event was perfectly organised and well balanced. Loved it. Couldn't speak highly enough of the team.” Steve
“Completing this challenge means so much for me. I came to exercise late but I feel ready to try everything now. It's been a hugely empowering experience. Thank you to all of you, one of the most exhilarating and life affirming weekends ever! Thank you Alan, Selina, Helen, Paul, Lorraine x100, and everyone who supported us on the trip.” Catherine
“We were quite nervous about the Paris challenge, not having completed anything like this before. Challenge central were absolutely fantastic both in terms of the organisation and support they gave us throughout the event. The guides were fantastic and so encouraging. The pace was fine - just pushed us enough and the stops were just right. I know we were slower than most of the riders but I never felt we were holding anyone up. I would recommend Challenge Central to anyone interested in doing this ride. It has given me a great sense of achievement to have made it to Paris and I will definitely be thinking about doing another challenge in the future.” Jennifer
“Great staff, good company. Well organised trip and everybody finished on a high. Thank you to all involved. Certainly would take a trip again with you.” Paul
"It was a momentous adventure, Three Peaks Challenge has given me confidence and motivation. Thank you to CC Phil and Tim for their encouragement and support." Pramila
"The Guides Phil and Tim were brilliant, giving us encouragement and support throughout the Challenge. I feel more confident about myself that I have done the Three Peaks Challenge. Thank you." Sunita
"London to the Dam was totes awesome, the support by co-cyclists and support vehicle alleviated all fears. With their back up I would have done it in blizzards! The squad honours the ethos of 'leave no one behind' - maximum respect! English hills were challenging; Holland cycling is gawj." - Sonny
"I did a lot of cycling in the past, but this was my first event in UK. Only thumbs up for organising and leading all participants in best and safest way throughout the event. Love how whole team was working in the way that participants could finish the course. Special thanks to support van and all laughs we had on this wonderful event." – Jernej
"10/10 Loved every minute of the ride. Booking another soon" Chris
"Challenge Central did a cracking job of organising the ride to Paris. Great route, superb support before and during the ride and excellent guides throughout" Nick
"This was my first challenge and it was better than what I was expecting. The Challenge staff were fantastic and were always available to help. Our group had lots of different levels of skills, fitness and experience and everyone was catered for. I would certainly consider Challenge Central when I'm ready to do my next challenge" Rob
“Thank you to everyone at Challenge Central. I had the most memorable, fantastic and exhilarating time this weekend. I had a tricky start to the 24-hour challenge and the team really got me through it. From that to a strong end at the bottom of Snowdon really shows the impact a good group can have. An amazing group of people in the group really helped too. Thanks to Challenge Central for good organisation and making us feel part of a team before we even said hello on that rather rainy Friday morning in Stevenage! The CC team are very professional and their priority is your safety which comes through. To have that with a team who you can have fun with is a real treat. Thanks for looking after us and for all your support and motivation.” Heather
“I've had the most fantastic time on our 3 Peaks Challenge this weekend. Thank you so much Challenge Central for such a well organised trip from start to finish. The travel company and mountain guides couldn't have been better and an amazing bunch of lady participants made for an unforgettable, laughter filled adventure.” Nikki
“Just finished three peaks challenge with Challenge Central. It was brilliant. The girls were all wonderful and our guides and drivers were fantastic too. Not only did they keep us safe, they kept us all motivated and made it so much fun as well. Thank you all!!” Farrah
“Loved our 3 Peaks challenge this weekend. Had the most amazing time with our wonderful guides and drivers and met a bunch of superwomen!!! Thank you, Challenge Central, for making it happen for us. We felt well looked after.” Vivien
“I'd just like to say a big big thank you to Lorraine who got me over the last peak THANK YOU.” Linda
“We could not have got through it without you supporting us especially Lorraine. Thank you to all of CC for the amazing experience.”
“Would like to thank the staff at Central Challenge for yet another great challenge.” Kevin
"Challenge Central provided an outstanding service from booking to completing the challenge. Very well organised and the needs of safety of each challenger was supported. The guides provided encouragement, but also your safety was paramount at all times. Thanks to the whole team in supporting me with this very personal challenge." Kelly
"Thank you Selina for organising our 3 Peaks Challenge, oh my we had an absolute blast! Tony, Phil and Tim are excellent; you have an extremely efficient and thoroughly professional bunch of lads and all of us felt so safe with them looking after us. Nothing was too much trouble. So a huge thank you to you all once again." – Sandee
"Great weekend – thanks everyone. Big shout out to our Sandee and Selina @ CC for organising us into it and to CC’s Phil, Tim & Tony for getting us all there, up, down and back again! The pre-trip planning was really easy to deal with and the mountain team made the experience fun and as easy as possible." – Oliver
"I just want to thank Selina, Tim, Phil and Tony for all you did as part of this weekend; it was a fantastic experience. Thank you Tony for your super driving and Phil & Tim for being the best guides we could have asked for: cool and calm but kept us motivated right to the end. Thank you again!" - Helen
Lorraine, Alan, David, Mike, Selina and everyone that helped organise L2A - thanks for everything and it was great to see you and share another bike ride with you. David
Thank you everyone for making it an awesome trip! Galen
What an amazing trip! Thank you to Challenge Central for organising it all so well and to all involved for making it so much fun! Emily
I had a great time and loved every minute!! Charles
Thank you to all you guys and Challenge Central. We had an amazing two days and it was great to meet you all. Sara
Really friendly bunch and have some wonderful memories (despite the awful weather conditions) of our time together climbing the Three Peaks. I appreciate how I was accepted into the challenge by Selina due to my wife's inability to take part due to medical reasons. Brian
I always wanted to do something special when I hit 50 years of age. Challenge Central had the perfect challenge for me - ready made. What a fantastic feeling, firstly hitting that second peak at Scafell Pike in the early hours - I could have stayed there shouting YES at the top of my voice for hours, then the feeling of elation at the foot of Snowdon - Each experience is so memorable I can remember every foothold on the scrambles - and the breath-taking scenery surprising me at every turn. Just fantastic! Neil
"Our team and spectators (including two small fluffy dogs) thoroughly enjoyed participating in this year dragon boat race. It was a well run, organised and easy going day. We look forward to coming back and defending our title once more!" Team Kindlelight
"We entered into the dragon boat race 2016 having never done anything like this before or even trained. The staff were amazing and were so supportive from the moment we arrived. We were encouraged to push ourselves and never made to feel like we could not do it. We will definitely be doing it again and I can't praise the challenge central team enough." Team We are only here for the BBQ
"It was a great experience and you guys have been brilliant at helping us through it. Right the way through from Alan and Selina setting it up to Tony, Phil and Tim getting us through the challenge itself, without you all we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the 24 hours." Andy
"Challenge Central have been excellent throughout, from providing all the information necessary about the challenge to Phil, Tim and Tony helping and guiding us through on the day. We feel a massive sense of achievement from completing the challenge in under 24 hours and this would not have been possible without the help of all at Challenge Central." Team Benchmark International
"I heard about CC from my brother in law, I would thoroughly recommend this ride to anyone local, fantastic experience, run by people who really know what they are doing. Not testosterone overload here, just people out to have fun. What a great day. Thank you CC." Des
"Always a great experience being a part of The Challenge Central team." Amy
"This is the first cycling event I have undertaken with Challenge Central however several years ago I undertook the Welsh 3000s and the Three Peaks Challenge through CC. The events continue to be very well organised, its good to see the number of activities has increased, and they really do provide excellent challenges to all concerned irrespective of ability. I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking to push themselves." David
"I wouldn't think of using another company, Challenge Central does exactly what it says it will do, it will enable ordinary people to do extraodrinary things. They support everyone individually, and as a slow not so fit, but trying to get fitter person, they are patient and really help motivate me." Jacky
"Challenge Central led us on a bespoke 3 day challenge to raise money for Cancer Research. This was the third time the group has used Challenge Central.
We cycled from London to Wales, hiked up Pen Y Fan (highest peak in the Brecon Beacons) & kayaked for four hours.
The whole team – Alan, Dave, Lorraine & Mike – were just amazing. Friendly, knowledgeable, supportive & encouraging. They helped with punctures, new tyres, meltdowns, sickness & emotional outbursts! They planned the route perfectly & pushed us to our limits. We could not have done it without them, huge thanks & massive respect! Can’t wait to see them all again next year for an equally insane challenge" Tara
"If you're looking for a knowledgeable and reliable company to guide you through some of the toughest physical challenges, then you've found it. I've now been on three events organised by Challenge Central - 3 Peaks, London to Paris cycle and a bespoke, cycling/hiking/kayaking combo - and I cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to get you and your friends to the finish. A fantastic team with a great approach to fitness - the only question now is where we'll go with them next!" Anna
"London to Paris was a brilliant challenge, so well supported and organised by the very friendly team from Challenge Central. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the trip and will be booking onto more trips with Challenge Central in the near future.
Thank you for a fantastic time!" Holly
"London to Paris was such a great challenge and it was made even better by Challenge Central. The staff were incredibly helpful, supportive and friendly. I really couldn’t fault them! It was very well organised and I’m definitely going to do another challenge with them in the future. Thank you Challenge Central." Katie
"Challenge Central organised a fantastic trip from London to Paris. The leaders and drivers pulled all us challengers together and created a great atmosphere and team spirit.
If anyone did have a problem with their bike they couldn’t fix themselves, a leader was with you within minutes followed by a van to get you back on the road." Ben
"I’m very pleased that I chose “Challenge Central” when looking for an organisation to help me achieve my goal of completing the London to Paris Cycle Ride, not only was it great value for money the Guides & Staff were excellent throughout, I would seriously recommend them to anyone!" Paul
"I would like to say a big thank you to Team Challenge Central for their help, guidance and enthusiasm for this trip. It was most definitely an amazing experience and most definitely an achievement. It is not for the light-hearted, it does really take a lot out of you but if you’re mentally and physically prepared, this will be an enjoyable and exciting challenge to sign up for.
I feared I would struggle having only started cycling 7 months prior to the event however, with the motivation from Alan, David and Rob, I was able to see light at the end of the tunnel and cycled the whole way from London to Amsterdam! Team Challenge Central do really look after you from the minute you sign up." Jiten
"We would like to give credit to the Staff at Challenge Central for the support we received during the Letchworth/Cambridge charity ride on Sunday 30th August 2015.
We are two ‘seniors’ who were apprehensive about our ability but were soon put at ease and were accompanied and encouraged throughout by friendly and helpful Staff. Thank you." Liz
"Thank you so much for a really great trip to Paris. Fantastic cycling that was everything that I hoped it would be, led by great guides and with a great bunch of fellow riders. I’m already looking forward to my next challenge."
"First class team that support ordinary people doing tough challenges."
"Massive thanks to all the crew @ChallengeC both in the office and on the road – sad that it’s all over and can’t wait for the next one."
"Many thanks CC what a journey with amazing people well done to you all….. next stop Amsterdam."
"Once in a lifetime with amazing people thanks for a fantastic ride in to Paris."
"Truly amazing trip and incredible support from the CC team."
"Challenge Central offered an organised and very professional trek. I felt informed and safe at all times and the only thing that got me to complete all three peaks was the motivation and support from the guides. The guides were just normal people like us sharing their life stories and listening to our personal reasons for taking on this challenge." Sarah
"Fantastic Company to aid you on your personal goals/ challenge . I thoroughly enjoyed my Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge all staff were lovely and easy to get along with and full of enthusiasm and praise & encouragement thank you to all involved." Emma
"As race day approached all of the nurses and community team were extremely excited but also anxious about their challenge ahead! Luckily the sun was shining for all of our participants and their spirits were high. Although they didn’t win they had such a fantastic day and said immediately after they finished that they’d love to do it again next year. The organisation (by Challenge Central) of the event was great beforehand and during. Everything ran smoothly.
Selina was so helpful and couldn’t do enough during the lead up to the challenge. The Challenge Central team were on hand to help if needed and it was great to see so many of them on the day there too. Our wonderful nurses and community team have raised £1,843.57 so far! This is such a great amount which helps us continue to provide our free care in the east Herts community! I am looking forward to working with The Challenge Central again in the near future." Jordan
"Cycling from London to Paris with Challenge Central is up there with my really great achievements ! It rates with high mountain climbing and running marathons – though my last was almost 10 years ago!
As a lady in her mid sixties I watched with horror at Victoria Station car park as one young man after another arrived sporting drop handled bicycles with cleated pedals.
However I need not have worried as although I lacked speed I didn’t lack determination and the encouragement from the other riders and especially the CC leaders – Alan, Lorraine and David – was second to none. I really felt that they got a real sense of achievement when I arrived in Paris! I of course was elated!
To others – don’t let age or riding a bike with straight handle bars put you off, just do it!" Ali
"A huge thank you to the lovely CC team for an enjoyable trip to Paris. I was asked by my friend Anita to join a large group of girls on the London to Paris when someone dropped out. She had taken up cycling to attempt the challenge whereas I was virtually born on a bike, so basically my remit was to try and get her fit and get her to Paris! However, I needn’t have worried about the ‘getting her there’ bit because the CC team were amazingly supportive to everyone and despite her having to dig deep, they were there for her all the way. I loved the teams attitude to supporting everyone and briefing the team at every section of the ride so we all knew what to expect. The support team and vehicle was always on hand with water and tools and allowed us not to have to carry all our kit.
I left Paris with the feeling that I envied the CC team their jobs – meeting like minded people and encouraging them to dig deep to achieve their goals. Thanks to Lorraine, Clare, David and Alan and others – what a great team!
At the office end of CC, I certainly felt very well briefed prior to the event with the information that was sent through to our group organiser from Selina. All in all a great set up that I would certainly recommend to friends – in fact a work colleague has just signed up for a challenge!" Helen
"I was asked to do the London to Paris as part of a large group of girls which really can’t have been the easiest trip for the Challenge Central people. Whilst all my intentions were to get fit for the event, I really wasn’t anywhere near as fit as I wanted to be by the time of the challenge! From start to finish all of the Challenge Central staff that I met, from Selina who organised our pre-trip details through to all the guides on the actual tour and the support team were exceptional.
Whilst I was quite slow on the event I knew that I could do the distance and all of the guides were really patient and encouraging at just the right times and even put up with my grumpiness by the end of each day. The support vehicles seemed to magically turn up just as you were in need of water or a little break. The great thing about the actual guides was that they clearly adapted their style to suit the person. There would be times where I just needed to get my head down and get on with it (Ditchling Beacon) and the guide would just quietly stay behind you with the odd encouraging word. There was never any pressure to go any faster, but just to keep going.
I can’t say enough good things about the Challenge Central team and would totally recommend them to anyone thinking of doing something like this." Anita
"The CC team was very well organised and great support, a massive thanks to all for making it a great event for me. The leaders and support were amazing, and the best and quickest tyre changing I’ve seen!!
I enjoyed being part of a team, the first day was very challenging for me personally, but absolutely loved cycling through Holland, and the ferry was amazing." Amy
"A huge thank you to the Challenge Central team. Selina was amazing she kept us updated the whole time, then on the event she was just brilliant, a truly lovely person. The same can be said about Mike and Lorraine, they helped all of us at one time, just by being there and making us believe we could do it.
The team was great and we made lots of friends during the challenge. I can honestly say it was without doubt one of the best things I have ever done and I can’t thank the Challenge Central team enough for all their reassurance and making us feel welcome. I would recommend this company to any of my friends to go on one of their adventures.
We have all had an excellent time and are truly thankful to you, Mike, Lorraine and Emma for your guidance knowledge and motivation whilst taking part in this challenge. I know that we were all a bit apprehensive on the drive up to Ben Nevis and you guys have made it a fantastic experience. We are pleased that you came along to help and support as you were so supportive and helpful after each climb." Diana
"A huge thank you to the Challenge Central team, having just completed the 3 peaks challenge I cannot think of enough good things to say about Mike, Lorraine and the team, they are just awesome.
When my friend suggested we take part in this challenge it seemed like a good idea at the time. As the departure date got nearer though the realisation of what we’d signed up for dawned! But we had no need to worry, we made it, there was lots of kind words and encouragement, laughter and new friends made.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Challenge Central." Ruth
I would like to thank Challenge Central for supporting my team this year with our charity fundraising mission on the 3 Peaks. They arranged every detail of the challenge to a high standard both before and during the event.
The dedicated staff that was on our challenge looked after the team very well and gave great words of encouragement/advice when required both on and off of the mountains. We felt extremely safe under their leadership and especially at Scafell Pike which was walked
in the dark.
The company appreciated how much the event meant to us because it was for charity and without them, we could not have achieved our challenge. My team raised over £4000 for our charity Myeloma UK and therefore we would like to thank Challenge Central for their part in making this fundraising event happen." Selina
"I have to say that everyone within our company I have spoken to so far has spoken very highly of Challenge Central and the way you organised the full event.
We are very impressed as it is not easy to help take 80+ people up and down 3 mountains, of which people have varying abilities. Thanks a million!"
"I have to say that the Challenge Central team were great with a special mention for our mountain leader, he is a fantastic motivator, always emphasising team work, sticking together, helping each other.
We also had great banter in the mini-bus. Having been involved in organising large scale events for charity with my brothers, I know the challenges the support teams face behind the scenes, its tiring, stressful and occasionally you wonder what have you let yourself in for.
So a personal thanks to you and Challenge Central team for being complete professionals and showing patience with such a diverse group of people."
"Thanks for fantastic support from you and your teams. There are lots of very proud people in the office today."
"We all had a fabulous weekend, Alan, Mike and Lorraine were amazing in their leadership and encouragement. The guys in our team that hadn’t been on a Challenge Central event before were so impressed with everything – from the organisation to the trek itself." Claire
"I have just about come back down to earth after the most amazing weekend doing the 3 Peaks challenge with you guys & Snow Camp and am having a bit of a sad moment at work, wishing I was climbing mountains again instead of tackling emails (yes, even with the lingering ache in my quads that fires up whenever I walk down stairs…)
I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to the CC team who guided/dragged/pushed/cajoled us up and down those mountains and looked after us every step of the way. I am SO impressed by your ability to look after such a large and varied group as ours was. If I said it once, I probably said it a hundred times but it was all I could do to think about getting myself up and down in one piece – I can’t imagine having the responsibility of looking after the rest of the group as well!
I really had the best time and would recommend Challenge Central to any of my friends or family. A few people have asked me if I would do it again and initially I thought “probably not; I’d like to try a different challenge next time”. However, I actually think I would like to do it again and try to make the 24 hours next time so you may not have seen the last of me…
Once again, a massive thank you to Lorraine, Mike, Alan & Rich – especially to Mike, our wonderful driver. You guys are amazing!" Ruth
"We have all had an excellent time and are truly thankful to you, Mike, Lorraine and Emma for your guidance knowledge and motivation whilst taking part in this challenge. I know that we were all a bit apprehensive on the drive up to Ben Nevis and you guys have made it a fantastic experience.
We are pleased that Selina came along to help and support as she was so supportive and helpful after each climb." Nicola
"So I came up with the idea of arranging the 3 peak challenge with some of my friends to raise money for Cancer Research, a charity unfortunately close to a lot of our hearts.
I emailed lots of companies and the people who were by far the most helpful and best priced were Challenge Central.
By this point a few friends had turned into 24 of us. I can tell you organising the trip for 24 girls as well as their training (and making sure they were all doing their training) was no easy task. Challenge Central had a great payment tool so the girls could all pay them direct on line so that I didn’t have to collect all the money. They were also great at liaising with me re who had and hadn’t paid so I knew who to chase.
Challenge Central were on it with emails arranging the trip and kept on the wires on the day re picking up times. They then had to put up with 24 girls (and we are not a quiet bunch) for 24 hours. They did not shout or have a go at us once, they prob deserve a medal for this, first and foremost, lol! They made our challenge run as smoothly as possible, fun and paced us at the right speed. We did it in 24 hours – thank god! We raised 25k for Cancer Research which made us all so happy.
I would 100% recommend Challenge Central. We are cycling to Paris in 2014 to raise more money for Cancer Research and have been in contact with Challenge Central to get them to take us." Kate
"I wanted to raise money for Macmillan following a family bereavement and Challenge Central offered some awesome events that would push me to my limits! I took part in two of their challenges this summer, the L2P and the Three Peaks, raising over £2000 in the process. Both were public trips and I booked on the trip on my own and was a bit unsure as I wouldn’t know anyone else but the staff of CC were fantastic!
They helped me fit into the group and by the end of the adventure I had got to know some very inspiring people, all of whom had really meaningful reasons as to why they took up the challenge. Whether it be for charity, a return to fitness from an accident or to push themselves to complete something they would never normally have done the support and expertise of CC made sure they got it done.
The booking process was easy, the communication prior to the event was informative and I felt very well looked after throughout. Thank you CC! See you next year for the London to Amsterdam!" James