Welcome to the Exe Valley Challenge

Exe Valley Challenge 2024

The Exe Valley Challenge takes place annually at Isca Academy. It features over 100 teams from schools across Exeter and the surrounding region.  The aim is to provide an exciting opportunity for children to challenge themselves and work independently in a fun and safe environment. This 2024 event will take place on Sunday 14th July 2024.



After a staggered start from Isca Academy each team will follow a circular route, either a 5, 7 or 10 mile course around the River Exe.  The route will not be marked on the ground and teams will have to use basic map reading and orienteering skills.  Checkpoints will be marked on the maps provided and teams should aim to complete each stage within the prescribed time.  Penalty points will be given to teams arriving either late or early.  In addition, a question sheet will be issued to Senior and Junior teams to gain bonus points. 
All competitors who complete the Challenge will receive a medal.
All scores are compiled and the team with the least penalty points on completion will be the winner of their category.  Trophies are awarded to 7 different winning categories plus an additional trophy is awarded to the Overall Wining Team.


Teams must start with 4 participants. This can be made up of any combination and the category in which they compete will be determined by the eldest member of the group. Teams of less than 4 will not normally be allowed to start. 


Children Hospice South West is a fantastic local charity and over the years this event has raised over £10,000 in sponsorship money for them.  We would encourage participants to continue this tremendous work by downloading the CHSW Sponsorship Form.

Entry deadline

This event has become extremely popular with a growing number of entries.  Please plan ahead by completing the Initial Entry Form and complete applications by Friday 24th May.   Further information and the Entry Form can be found here. Please ensure that we have an email address for you so that we can send you updates in the build up to the event.  If you have any questions or require additional support e.g. Assemblies at school, assistance in training teams, please don’t hesitate to contact our event organiser, Clare Toomey, on evc@iscaexeter.co.uk    

Key Information

Please click on the links below to see key information for parents, routes and how to become a community volunteer.

Information for Parents

Team Managers Brief

Senior Route Clockwise

Junior Route Clockwise

Call for Community Volunteers


EVC Finish Line 2022