- Event Type Trek
- Date 11 August 2018
- Location Northumberland
- Registration Fee £25 - Full Marathon, £20 Half Marathon
- Fundraising Target £300 Full Marathon, £200 Half Marathon
- Level Very Tough
Dotted with Roman forts and towers, this is remarkable area to explore by foot with stunning scenery throughout. The full marathon and half marathon distances are both very challenging and should not be underestimated. You can expect to be trekking up to 12 hours to complete the full 26 miles, however you will be rewarded with a great sense of achievement for your efforts!
Haltwhistle Community Campus, Park Avenue, Haltwhistle, NE49 9BA.
Saturday 11th August 2018
Step back in time and retrace the ancient Roman paths of Hadrian’s Wall on this spectacular trek. Our undulating route takes you towards Cawfields Quarry and through the village of Haltwhistle, before rejoining the wall at Walltown Crags and on past the unmistakable Sycamore Gap.
How fit do I need to be?
The route is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness and is achievable for most people provided you train well in advance. Once registered, we will email a training guide to help you prepare in advance. It is really important that you dedicate time getting used to trekking long distances in the appropriate kit in the lead up to the day.
What will the trekking be like?
We trek mainly on well-maintained grassy paths but there are some stony or grassy tracks and some sections may be muddy. There are steep up and down sections.
Is there a minimum age limit?
The minimum age limit for the Trek26 series is 14. All participants must be at least 14 on event day.
Is there a time limit?
This event is not a race; everyone should be able to walk at a comfortable pace.
In order for the event to be managed safely and practically, there will be a cut-off time. This should be perfectly achievable provided you train well in and build up enough resilience so that you can manage when tiredness sets in.
The full marathon distance should take approximately 8-9 hours for fit and strong walkers; others should allow longer. It may take some walkers up to 12 hours.
You need to be able to walk at an average pace of 3mph on good tarmac paths and pavements and at least 2mph on rough or hilly ground. Bear this in mind when training – especially at the end of a long day – and it will help you manage your training and expectations.
Can I run?
No, we’re afraid not. This is a fully supported event which is set up for trekkers. We won't be able to support runners on the day, as they are considerably faster and would affect the timings of our support crews.
How will I find my way along the route?
The route will be well-marked with brightly coloured marker arrows and there will be extra marshals at any sections that are less straightforward. Stay aware of your surroundings, especially when you’re tired. On the day, you will be given contact details for the support team in case you do lose your way.
What if the weather is bad?
We carry on! To help ensure your comfort on the day, it is vital that you follow the recommendations in our kit list and are fully prepared for all types of weather. Once registered, you will be entitled to a discount code to use online or in-store at Cotswold Outdoors. Not having suitable kit can impact your safety, therefore should our crew leaders express concern that you are not adequately prepared, they may prevent you from continuing.
What will I need to carry?
You will need to be able to carry all essential kit required for the challenge e.g waterproofs, layers, water, sun cream, snacks.
Make sure you have trained with your backpack, carrying everything you need, so that you are used to trekking with your pack at full weight.
What are the toilet facilities?
There will be facilities at the event hub (where you start and finish) and most planned rest-stops along the route. Whilst trekking, there may be occasions when you will need find a discreet, natural spot. Please pack nappy sacks as part of your essential kit and dispose of any litter at the next available bin.
Are there rest-stops along the way?
There will be manned check-points along the route – usually one in the morning, one in the afternoon, plus a lunch stop. Experienced Discover Adventure staff will be on hand to provide help and plenty of encouragement and there will be first aid support, as well as toilets. Vehicle back-up is also provided in case of injury or illness.
What will I be eating?
Breakfast baps will be available at registration (bacon rolls and a vegetarian option), with a variety of sweet and savoury snacks provided at the water stops and packed lunch at around the halfway mark.
Snacks available will include nuts, fruit, jelly babies and cereal bars and lunch will consist of sandwiches, tray bakes, crisps and fruit. To help us keep you suitably fuelled, please let us know of any dietary requirements when registering online.
Where do we meet, and at what time?
The event hub for the start is located near to Lanercost Priory. We meet at 6.30am to register and have some breakfast. The trek will begin at 7am. We will be organising a shuttle from Carlisle railway station to the event hub.
You will need to be at the event hub for 11am for registration. The trek will begin at 11.30am.
How do I get home at the end?
Due to the exertion from the day, it is strongly advised to arrange for a friend to greet you at the finish and drive you home.
Can a friend who isn’t signed up walk with me?
No, we’re afraid not. The aim of the event is to raise as much money for Alzheimer’s Society as possible, so everyone taking part needs to be fully registered.
Can I bring my dog?
No. We cannot be responsible for their welfare and landowners often ask us not to bring dogs onto their lands, which we must respect.
Where can I get more information?
We have a travel app for the challenge which can be downloaded to Apple and Android smartphones. The app can be used offline and allows you to view and refer to all of your documents (such as the kit list, frequently asked questions etc) on your phone at any time, check the current weather at your destination and view maps of the area. Once registered, we will provide you with the app details and a unique code to access all of the
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