Join our 26 mile challenge and beat dementia, one step at a time.
Trek across the most breath-taking spots of Canterbury, taking in coastal views and beautiful woodland. Challenge yourself surrounded by people who are trekking for loved ones, and raise money so together we can find a cure.
At a glance
Date: 15 September 2018
Registration fee: £25 for 26 miles, £20 for 13 miles
Fundraising target: £300 for 26 miles, £200 for 13 miles
Location: Herne Common, Canterbury
Still need more convincing? Hear what some of our past Trek26-ers had to say.
The trek starts and finishes at Herne Common. The route takes you north-east to the Thames Estuary and Reculver. After a stretch along the coast, you'll loop back south through hills and valleys, farmland and ancient woodland, passing Canterbury and its impressive cathedral before crossing the finish line.
Get ready for your trek by downloading a copy of the itinerary.
Get ready for your trek by downloading a copy of the Kit List - we also have discount codes for Cotswold Outdoors to help you get trek ready.
How fit do I need to be?
The route is designed to be challenging but is achievable for most people provided you train well in advance. When you sign up we’ll email you a training guide to help you prepare.
What will the terrain be like?
We trek mainly on grass paths or gravel tracks, but also on some quiet roads, with road crossings. Some sections may be muddy. There are some hills, though the majority of the route is flat or gently undulating.
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. On the day, you will be given contact details for the support team in case you do lose your way.
How long will it take?
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, there will be a cut-off time.
The full marathon should take approximately 9-10 hours but can take some walkers up to 12 hours.
Is there an age limit?
All participants must be at least 14 on event day.
What if the weather is bad?
We carry on! Do make sure you check the kit list and come prepared for all types of weather.
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. Check the full kit list to be sure of everything you will need.
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.
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. We’ll be on hand to provide help and plenty of encouragement and there will be first aid support, as well as toilets.
What will I be eating?
Breakfast, lunch and lots of snacks are provided as well as water and tea and coffee at the start/finish and lunch stop.
Where do we meet, and at what time?
The event hub for the start is located near to Herne Common. The Full Marathon starts at 7:30am and the Half Marathon starts at 11:30am. We advise you arrive at least 30 minutes before this time to register, have some breakfast and soak up the atmosphere.
Can a friend who isn’t signed up walk with me?
No, we’re afraid not, everyone taking part needs to be fully registered and fundraising to beat dementia.
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.
Can I run?
No, we’re afraid not.
Where can I get more information?
We’d love to chat to you about the event. Pop us as email: firstname.lastname@example.org