What’s Involved?

Below you’ll find a summary of each of the four elements of the Dell Technologies Management Challenge.

Click here for a general overview or here to learn more about team composition. 

The challenge is focused around a two-day adventure race, which tests and fosters team development

As teams generally comprise of mixed abilities, the challenge is to support each other in the various disciplines of canoeing, running, mountain biking, hiking and map reading. As well as focusing on team building the race will test fitness, communication and drive as teams compete against each other to complete the race in the shortest time.

The sport of adventure racing is sweeping the UK at a phenomenal rate, as one of the few sports where just completing a race is often considered a victory. It offers an easy crossover for cyclists, runners, walkers and water sport enthusiasts with an emphasis on teamwork, rather than individual achievement.

As well as physical mountain bike, run and hike stages taking you up Hay Bluff, Offa’s Dyke Path and the surrounding area, we’ll also be challenging teams on the water alongside new archery and
logic challenges to test the mind as well as the body. With plenty of ways to make up time on other teams, the competition will be fierce from start to finish. You won’t have to be the fastest team to win the race as we bring brain and brawn together across two days of exciting challenges. Charity fundraising totals will also be taken into account, translating into time taken off a team’s adventure race time according to how much money is raised.  

A live tracking app allows participants and spectators to track teams around the route with GPS as well as view overall progress on big screen live leader boards throughout the weekend.

The 2021 stage details will be revealed soon. The 2019 schedule can be seen below for context:

Day One

Stage 1 – Mountain Bike (10.4km)

Stage 2 – Fell Run (4km)

Stage 3 – Canoe (1.5km)

Stage 4 – Mountain Hike (13.6km)

Day Two

Stage 1 – Mountain Bike (9.5km)

Stage 2 – Hill Run (3.5km)

Stage 3 – Mountain Bike (8.7km)

Stage 4 – Run (pairs to run set loops of 1.5km, 3km and 5km)

 

The event is a fantastic personal development opportunity allowing individuals to evolve their leadership and management abilities. 

Through a keynote speaker and management task, participants will learn more about the principles of the chosen event theme which will respectively benefit themselves and their organisations.

The theme is an opportunity to address a contemporary management challenge and provide a solution to the pressing issues facing your organisation. Past themes and insights have included mental health, collaboration, inclusion and resilience. Keynote speakers have included Olympic Gold medalist Alex Danson MBE (one of the finest hockey players Britain has ever produced), Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Chrissie Wellington OBE.

A live case study will be presented to each team prior to the event, to be completed in parallel to the adventure race within a set time period. Teams will analyse, formulate and propose a strategic solution to a management issue which must be submitted by the Saturday evening before being passed to our partner Business School for scoring.

Information on how to submit the task will be provided in event rules sent to each team captain and there will be allocated time and space available for teams to work on their tasks on Friday afternoon at the start of the event.

Our partner business school will award scores which will affect how many minutes are taken from each team’s final challenge. 

Scoring Band (%)Minutes taken from final time
90 to 10060
80 to 8954
70 to 7948
60 to 6942
50 to 5936
40 to 4930
30 to 3924
20 to 2918
10 to 1912
0 to 96

 

The event is a fantastic networking opportunity, attended by senior representatives from a number of organisations in a range of fields.

As well as the keynote speaker session, attendees will have the opportunity to network at a number of functions hosted across the event weekend including a welcome drinks reception, dinner and final awards ceremony.

Current and past clients include leading global/ UK corporates/ public/ third sector: Dell Technologies, GE Capital, Barclays Legal and General, Toyota, PwC, CDW, Computacenter, Eastman, GE Aviation, Ordnance Survey, IQE, British Gas, Western Power, Action for Children etc

 

Teams will also compete to raise the largest amount for our partner charity, CLIC Sargent, who fight tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives.

They provide grants and free accommodation close to hospital to help with spiraling costs. Their care teams are on hand to help families with everything from getting benefits to treatment closer to home, and they lobby the Government to make sure that cancer patients get the support they’re entitled to.

They are here to make sure young cancer patients can focus on getting their lives back on track.

  1. Set up your individual Team page on Just Giving
  2. Mobilise your whole team to market this page and implement your fundraising plan.

As a guide we respectfully ask that teams target a minimum of £1,500 for the partner charity and for the team raising the most overall there will be a prize and recognition at the event.

Time will be taken off team’s times according to how much money is raised. A ‘Time Reward Deadline’ will be in place, communicated by your account manager. Your fundraising total at that time will form your time reward bonus for the advenute race.

Previous charity partners have included Action for Children, The Prince’s Trust, The National Autistic Society, and the Transformation Trust.