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Absolutely! People from all walks of life take part in TrekFest – from seasoned mountain walkers to complete beginners. This is one of the great things about TrekFest, it’s open to everyone and gives you the opportunity to try something amazing and different! The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to support charities close to their hearts.
All of the TrekFest routes are way-marked, and route guides are given to each team or individual – although navigational and map reading skills are useful, they are not essential in order to complete TrekFest. The minimum age to take part is 18 years old, though 14 – 17 year olds can take part with a parent or guardian.
Register online today just click here. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis. We’ll send out all the relevant information to you in the lead up to the event, so be sure to check you email inbox regularly. Also your chosen charity will be in touch to discuss fundraising.
The TrekFest routes have been designed to be challenging but achievable by anyone so long as you and your team train beforehand. You will be trekking for either 25 or 50 kilometres on foot – this is one hell of a challenge regardless of which distance you choose, but with the right training – and more importantly the right attitude – it IS achievable! A training plan is available via the participants’ log in area of the website.
We will supply you with a kit list of what to bring with you once you register to take part, this is also available to download from the participant area on the TrekFest website. Apart from some broken in trekking boots and trainers and maybe some trekking poles, you do not need any specialist kit.
All participants need to carry a day pack (around 30 litres in size, for items such as sun-screen, water, sun hat, camera, wet weather gear etc). A kit list will be sent to all walkers taking part – some items are compulsory, others are recommended.
Please note that even though the route is fully signposted you are required to carry on OS map as part of our safety procedures.
Join our TrekFest community on Facebook and get chatting to fellow TrekFesters, many of our challengers arrange to meet up on or before the challenge. There will be many other individual walkers taking part in the event who you can join and share the experience with – the camaraderie amongst our TrekFesters is second to none. The TrekFest crew will also be there supporting you along the way!
Full event backup and support through Global Adventure Challenges; marshalled checkpoints providing complimentary snacks and refreshments; support vehicles; mountain leaders sweeping the pack; a hot meal at the end of the challenge for trekkers on all routes, a hot meal along the way for trekkers on the 50km route; finishers medal, massage. Camping for participants is also now included.
TrekFesters will have access to the participants’ area of the website, where the following event information will be available:
- Trekker Guides
- Kit Lists
- Training information and guidelines
- Route information
- Information regarding transport links and how to get to/from The TrekFest Village
- How to join to TrekFest community on Facebook
Meals and drinks at The TrekFest Village the Friday evening prior to the event taking place and breakfast on the morning of the challenge.
Food and drink is available to buy at The TrekFest Village throughout the weekend and there is a BBQ on the Friday night before the challenge. Water and snacks are available on the trek at checkpoints and there is a hot food stop half way for the 50 km trekkers only. All participants will receive a hot meal once they cross the finish line. Please note breakfast on the Saturday morning before the challenge gets underway is not included, you will have to pay for this separately.
We can cater for all dietary requirements providing we know in advance, just fill out the relevant section on your registration form.
Unfortunately no dogs are permitted on the trek or at the TrekFest Village.
TrekFest is a fully supported event. There will be a strong support team with professional Global Adventure Challenges leaders. Sweep walkers will bring up the rear of the group, as well as marshals carrying First Aid kits along the route – there is also a First Aid point at the TrekFest village and various checkpoints on the challenge. All checkpoints are marshalled.
There are checkpoints on the route for you to rest at and there’s no problem taking more rest stops if you need them – but please be conscious of the time allowed to make it to checkpoints before they close, else you may be removed from the challenge for safety reasons.
If you need to pull out of the challenge you will need to do so at the nearest checkpoint and inform the checkpoint crew, they will arrange a transfer via a support vehicles back to the TrekFest Village.
Yes, providing we receive the charity’s authorisation that they are happy for you to do so. TrekFest is an ‘Open Challenge’ which means each participant and team are free to support a UK registered charity of their choice.
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email and details about when you can expect further information about your upcoming challenge. Your chosen charity will be notified and will be able to help you with fundraising hints and tips. They will also be able to provide you with sponsor forms and support throughout your fundraising.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the help and encouragement you gave to us. This was the biggest challenge of my life so far so am feeling proud to have crossed the finish line… finally a well done to everyone! – Naomi Taviner