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Katherine from Kings Lynn, is taking on TrekFest as part of Team Puffin and has kindly agreed to share her story with us!

Hi Katherine, it’s fantastic to hear you’re joining us for TrekFest in September! Who else is part of your team?

“Team Puffin is currently made up of 3 members, myself, my partner Ashley and a friend Dayton.”

That’s brilliant! Which charity are you supporting?

“We are fundraising for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.”

Arlen (left) and Eivin (right) on the day they were born, and at six months old.

If it wasn’t for NICU, our boys wouldn’t be the happy healthy babies they are today and so this challenge is our way of raising money as a thank you for all they did for us as a family and for so many other families.

Can you tell us a bit about why you chose to support this incredible cause?

“In March 2020 Ashley and I found out we were expecting identical (mono amniotic) twins. We were referred to a specialist in London (Queen Charlotte Hospital) and were advised that because the boys shared a placenta and sac they had a 35-40% mortality rate due to cord entanglement. They could also have been delivered from 25 weeks if complications were discovered.

We had to attend scans every other week at the local hospital and one a month in London.

I attended scans alone due to COVID-19 restrictions, but despite the odds our Puffins, Arlen and Eivin were delivered at our local hospital at 33+2 weeks.

The boys spent 21 days on the NICU. They received exemplary care from the second they were born. A week of which was in high dependency in incubators on oxygen and high flow.

The NICU team took time to explain to us what treatment the boys were having, taught us how to tube feed and provided me with expressing and breast feeding support.

If it wasn’t for NICU, our boys wouldn’t be the happy healthy babies they are today and so this challenge is our way of raising money as a thank you for all they did for us as a family and for so many other families.”

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Katherine, we’re so happy to hear that Arlen and Eivin are doing well! Wishing you all the best with your training and fundraising journey, we can’t wait to see you in the Beacons in September!

To read Katherine’s story, and to support her fundraising, head over to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kate-butcher-1?utm_term=a2aXMNa4w

Are you feeling inspired? Take on your own TrekFest challenge and support a cause close to your heart this summer!

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Christmas & New Year Opening Hours https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/christmas-new-year-opening-hours/ Wed, 16 Dec 2020 11:15:15 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=32230 The post Christmas & New Year Opening Hours appeared first on TrekFest.

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The Global Adventure Challenges office will be closed over the Christmas period. Our opening times are;

Tuesday 22 December 2020: 09:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 23 December to Sunday 3 January: Closed

Monday 4 January:  Open from 09:00 as normal

We hope you enjoy the Christmas period. Don’t forget to head over to the Global Adventure Challenges Adventure Journal if you need a dose of UK & worldwide adventure inspiration!

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TrekFest 2021 – Book with Confidence https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-2021-book-with-confidence/ Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:53:46 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=32197 The post TrekFest 2021 – Book with Confidence appeared first on TrekFest.

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Whether you’re thinking of taking part in TrekFest 2021 or you’re already signed up to join us, we know you’ll have some questions and concerns about the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We’d like to take this opportunity to assure you that we’re keeping a close eye on the situation and that there is no risk involved in registering for TrekFest!

The health and safety of our participants will always be our primary concern, and we will fully adhere to any guidelines from the UK Government in place at the time of the challenge. In addition, it is likely that you will see enhanced procedures on the event which may include, but not limited to:-

  • Staggered start times
  • Use of face coverings at rest stops and/or other enclosed areas
  • Hand sanitisation points
  • Social distancing
  • One-way flows at rest stops and at our TrekFest Village

We are hoping that on the back of recent news, some of the procedures that would be relevant now may not be needed come September 2021. However, in the lead up to TrekFest 2021 and much closer to the event date we will write to all participants with more detail on any new procedures that we will be implementing.

If due to official advice, safety concerns or restrictions in place at the time of the challenge, the event was unable to go ahead, all registered participants would be entitled to transfer to a future event or to receive a full refund.

If you have any further questions about the impact of COVID-19 on TrekFest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01244 676 454 or by emailing info@trekfest.org.uk.

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TrekFest is back for 2021! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-2021/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:11:48 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31899 The post TrekFest is back for 2021! appeared first on TrekFest.

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We’re delighted to announce that TrekFest is back for 2021, taking place on Saturday 18 September in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Join us in 2021 for a full weekend of adventure! With 25KM and 50KM routes across the beautiful Brecon Beacons plus the awesome TrekFest Village to look forward to, it’s little wonder that TrekFest is our most popular UK challenge.

Both routes take us to the summit of South Wales’ highest peak, Pen y Fan, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Participant camping and parking is included, plus fully stocked checkpoints with snacks and fruit, along with a hot meal at the finish line – so all you need to do is trek!

For more information just click here to access the TrekFest Guide – or click the button below to go straight to securing your space!

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TrekFest 2020: Challenge Update https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-2020-update/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:43:52 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31613 The post TrekFest 2020: Challenge Update appeared first on TrekFest.

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TrekFest 2020: Challenge Update

It is with deep regret that due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions, safety concerns and other reasons brought about by COVID-19 we have no choice but to cancel this year’s TrekFest Beacons challenge, due to take place on the 19th September.

We wanted to wait as long as possible to see if there were any further positive developments with the current COVID-19 situation. We appreciate that this decision whilst maybe not surprising, will be hugely disappointing for everyone concerned, but participant safety is our priority.

There are several options open to anyone already registered on the challenge – our Customer Care team have emailed all those signed up with details on what happens next.

Once again, we’re so sorry that we’re unable to go ahead with this year’s challenge – we look forward to TrekFest every year, and love seeing so many of your faces and hearing your stories over the weekend. We hope to see you all in 2021, so you can challenge yourself and get to know your fellow trekkers while staying safe.

Views of the Brecon Beacons National Park

If you’d like us to let you know as soon as TrekFest 2021 is up and running and ready for you to register, just click the button below.

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Take on TrekFest Your Way! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/take-on-trekfest-your-way/ Mon, 04 May 2020 11:15:19 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31437 The post Take on TrekFest Your Way! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Take on TrekFest with a difference, and set yourself a challenge closer to home! #MyTrekFest

Our ultimate UK trekking challenge now has a virtual option – so you can take on the challenge from your own home, while sticking to social distancing guidelines!

If you prefer to stay indoors, then you can take on the elevation challenge – conquer the total elevation of either the 25KM or the 50KM route.

Want to take on the challenge in your garden or local area? The distance challenge is for you – we’ve calculated the average number of steps taken on both routes. Just ensure you stay 2m away from others at all times.

Show us what you choose by using #MyTrekFest!

Why take part?

 

Set yourself a challenge

Keep yourself motivated while staying safe, and set yourself a challenge that will push your boundaries. 25KM or 50KM, elevation or distance, the choice is yours!

 

Support your charity

Why not set up an online donation page and raise funds for the charity of your choice? Let your friends and family know that you’re taking part and ask for their support.

 

Free TrekFest Neck Tube

If you’re already signed up on TrekFest 2020, or you sign up after taking part in the virtual challenge, you’ll get a free TrekFest neck tube at Event Registration!

For all the details on how you can get involved, visit the TrekFest at Home on the link below!

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Will TrekFest 2020 Be Affected by Coronavirus? https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/will-trekfest-2020-be-affected-by-coronavirus/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:17:02 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31322 The post Will TrekFest 2020 Be Affected by Coronavirus? appeared first on TrekFest.

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Whether you’re thinking of taking part in TrekFest 2020 or you’re already signed up to join us, we know you’ll have many questions and concerns about the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We’d like to take this opportunity to assure you that we’re keeping a close eye on the situation and that there is no risk involved in registering for TrekFest – we even experienced a new record for registrations in February!

The health and safety of our participants will always be our primary concern. Providing that UK Government restrictions do not advise against it, TrekFest 2020 will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 19 September. If newly-introduced restrictions meant that the challenge was unable to go ahead, all registered participants would be entitled to transfer to a future event or to receive a full refund.

If you have any further questions about the impact of COVID-19 on TrekFest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01244 676 454 or by emailing info@trekfest.org.uk.

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TrekFest Price Break Ending Soon! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/price-break-ending-soon/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:20:32 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31255 The post TrekFest Price Break Ending Soon! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Our next TrekFest price break is just around the corner! Make sure you sign up to our ultimate trekking challenge before Saturday 29 February to save on your registration fee!

WHAT? A 25km or 50km trekking challenge in the heart of South Wales

WHEN? Saturday 19 September

WHERE? The Brecon Beacons National Park

WHY? To achieve something amazing whilst supporting the charity of your choice!

Why you should sign up sooner rather than later …

  1. Save on your registration fee

The sooner you register, the more you save. Our TrekFest prices will increase at midnight on Saturday 29 February. So, don’t delay, get signed up today!

  1. More time to train

Whether you sign up to the 25km or 50km challenge, you’ll need to get training. Registering early means you’ll have more time to spend in the countryside with your trusted walking boots! Plus, you’ll have more time to purchase the correct kit and wear in your hiking boots and get used to trekking with a backpack.

  1. More time to fundraise

Fundraising can take time – from planning bake sales or raffles to golf tournaments and sponsored silences. Make sure you sign up in plenty of time, to have chance to reach your fundraising target!

  1. More time to connect with fellow challengers

Our TrekFest community is second to none. We have a dedicated TrekFest 2020 Facebook Group for all of our participants to chat, share training and fundraising tips and even arrange meet ups before and after the challenge. Once you register, you’ll be sent a link to join!

For more information on our ultimate trekking adventure, request access to our TrekFest Guide or give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team will be more than happy to discuss all things TrekFest 2020!

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Health Benefits of Hiking and Walking https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/health-benefits-hiking/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:09:08 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28169 The post Health Benefits of Hiking and Walking appeared first on TrekFest.

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Benefits of Hiking

Are you looking to increase your overall health and well being this year? Hiking in the outdoors is a great activity and one of the simplest ways to get more active. Hiking has many positive effects on both the body and mind. Here are our top health benefits of hiking;

Reduce Body Fat

Hiking can help you to lose weight and reduce body fat, by increasing the number of calories you burn in a day. The faster you walk, or steeper the gradient, the more calories you will burn.

The NHS suggests that adults should do at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week. And what better way to get in your 150 minutes of exercise than going for a hike in the picturesque countryside!

Tone Muscles

Walking and hiking can increase the strength in your muscles, especially your calf, quadriceps and hamstring muscles. This will result in improved muscle definition and can prevent muscle loss. Strengthening your leg muscles will also increase your metabolism and aid in fat loss – win, win!

Strengthen Bones

Hiking is a low impact exercise that can prevent the loss of bone density. Your bones become weaker as you age, and hiking is a great way to prevent this.

Walking strengthens your bones and helps maintain healthy joints as well as reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Plus – spending time in the outdoors will increase your intake of vitamin D, which is vital for bone health!

Improve Heart Health

Hiking will increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping. Regular activity can reduce the risk of both heart disease and stroke. In fact, according to the British Heart Foundation, you can reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease by 35% by being more active. It’s time to lace up those walking boots!

Reduce Risk of Disease

It’s not just your heart that can benefit from regular walks. Many studies have shown that hiking can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, asthma and even certain cancers. Diabetes UK recommends that 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking five days a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Whilst Cancer Research UK states that regular exercise can prevent breast cancer and bowel cancer, whilst maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of a further 11 types of cancer.

Improves Brain Health

Hiking can help to keep our brains healthy and reduce the risk of dementia. Regular activity, such as walking, helps to prevent memory loss, due to a prevention of the shrinking of the hippocampus. The Alzheimer’s Society has reported several studies that show that aerobic exercise in middle aged or older adults prevents memory loss, and reduces rates of dementia.

Improves Mental Health

Exercise, such as hiking, releases the good hormones – endorphins. Endorphins help to reduce anxiety and can have a positive effect on your mood. Walking can also reduce the feeling of stress, as your body becomes better at coping with the levels of cortisol in your body.

According to MIND, increasing your levels of activity from sedentary to exercising three times a week can reduce risk of depression by almost 20%.

We hope our Top Benefits of Hiking has inspired you to get out those walking boots and go on a hike in the great outdoors! Or maybe you’d like to sign up to a trekking challenge, such as TrekFest 2020! 

TrekFest is the ultimate trekking adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park! We have 25km or 50km route options to choose from, so whether you decide to join us as a solo adventurer or bring your friends and family along – TrekFest is a weekend of adventure you’ll never forget! 

Group of people hiking in the outdoors

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Where Are the Best Places to Hike in the UK? https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/best-places-to-hike-uk/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:41:30 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31131 The post Where Are the Best Places to Hike in the UK? appeared first on TrekFest.

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The Best Places to Hike in the UK

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk along the coast or a challenging climb to the summit of one of the UK’s highest peaks, here are our best places to hike in the UK …

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Not that we’re biased at all, but the Brecon Beacons National Park is one of our favourite places for a UK based hike! From riverside paths to magical woodlands and even dramatic mountains – the Brecon Beacons has something for everyone. Plus, it’s home to Pen y Fan – the highest peak in South Wales, at 886m.

Our TrekFest challenge involves hiking 25km or 50km through this stunning National Park, incorporating Pen y Fan, with stunning views of Llyn Cwm Llwch and the surrounding area.

Views of the Brecon Beacons National Park

Lake District, England

The Lake District is a World Heritage Site and the UK’s most visited National Park – and it’s not hard to see why! It’s home to two of England’s greats; Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater, England’s deepest lake.

The Lake District is full of interesting caves, picturesque waterfalls and of course the high peaks and glistening lakes the National Park is famous for. Due to its diverse landscapes, there is a walk to suit everyone in the Lake District!

A road cutting through mountains in the Lake District

Snowdonia, Wales 

Snowdonia is another fantastic place to go hiking, with a walk to suit all abilities. From the challenge of climbing Snowdon or Cadair Idris to a leisurely walk around Llyn Tegid, Bala.

Snowdonia National Park is famous for its outstanding natural beauty and fascinating landscapes, plus it’s home to the highest mountain in England and Wales! In fact, the most concentrated area of 3,000ft peaks in Britain can be found in Snowdonia. Snowdon itself is a rugged, challenging climb – but the views from the summit make it all worthwhile.

Lake and mountains in Snowdonia

Peak District, England

From steep limestone valleys to dramatic highlands, The Peak District National Park is a magnet for trekkers and one of the best places to hike in the UK. The Peak District is the UK’s original National Park and extends across Cheshire, Manchester, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

The highest point in the Peak District is Kinder Scout, offering panoramic views as far as Snowdonia on a clear day. Plus, the National Park is home to multiple national and local trails waiting to be explored.

Rolling hills in the Peak District

Yorkshire Dales, England

The Yorkshire Dales is a fantastic place to spend time outdoors and offers extensive footpaths for all abilities. From short walks along rivers, rolling hills and through old stone villages to more challenging climbs to one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are the best-known hills in the Dales and provide spectacular scenery of the surrounding area.

A bridge in the Yorkshire Dales

The Highlands, Scotland

The Scottish Highlands are home to impressive lakes, sandy beaches, fairy tale castles and an array of dramatic Munros. The landscape of the Highlands is exactly how you imagine Scotland to be; from rugged coastlines to the highest mountains, it’s an adventure playground waiting to be explored!

Plus, the Scottish highlands is home to the UK’s highest mountain – the mighty Ben Nevis.  Located near the town of Fort William, Ben Nevis is part of the Grampian Mountain range and a bucket list hike for many adventurers. Just make sure you are fully prepared and have the correct kit before taking on the challenge.

Lake and mountains in the Scottish Highlands
If you’d like to join us on a fully supported hike through the Brecon Beacons National Park then join us at TrekFest The Beacons 2020.

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TAKE ON A TREK FOR CHARITY IN 2020 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trek-for-charity-in-2020/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:44:32 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=31043 The post TAKE ON A TREK FOR CHARITY IN 2020 appeared first on TrekFest.

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Take on a Trek for Charity in 2020 and Conquer TrekFest The Beacons!

Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has raised an incredible £2 million for charities nationwide.  How amazing is that!? Every year hundreds of adventurers join together to take on either 25km or 50km of rugged countryside, all in support of their chosen charity.

Keep reading to find out how you can raise money for the charity of your choice, for more information on our TrekFest Payment Options and for some top fundraising tips!

Find out more about our TrekFest The Beacons here.

How Can You Take Part in TrekFest for Charity?

We have three different payment options for TrekFest 2020 – and whichever payment option you choose, we encourage you to make every step count for the charity of your choice.

Payment Option A – Minimum Sponsorship

  1. Pay the registration fee when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Agree to raise the minimum sponsorship for a charity of your choice. 80% of your minimum sponsorship must be sent to your charity no later than 6 weeks before the challenge. The remaining sponsorship must be sent to your charity 4 weeks after the challenge.

Payment Option B – Self Funding

  1. Pay the registration fee when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Pay the additional challenge balance no later than 6 weeks before the challenge.
  3. Any money you raise can be sent directly to the charity.

Payment Option C – Discounted Full Payment

  1. Pay the total discounted cost when booking your place on TrekFest 2020.
  2. Any money you raise can be sent directly to the charity.

 

Check out our TrekFest 2020 prices for more information. Early birds get a discount on their registration fee, so make sure you get signed up sooner rather than later!

Which Charity Can I Support?

We work with hundreds of charities every single year – all of which provide fantastic support in your fundraising journey and will give you the encouragement you need to smash your fundraising targets!

Check out our list of charity partners and get your fundraising underway today – remember the sooner you sign up to TrekFest 2020, the more time you’ll have to reach your fundraising target. If the charity you’d like to support isn’t listed then just give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’ll happily contact them on your behalf.

Top Fundraising Tips

Once you have decided which charity it is that you’re going to support, it’s time to reach your fundraising target! Here are our top five fundraising tips to help you get on your way;

1. Set Up an Online Fundraising Page

First things first, you need to set up an online fundraising page, such as JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. It’s quick and easy to create and makes your fundraising target a lot easier to reach. Make your page personal and keep everyone up to date with your training and fundraising efforts.

2. Get Sharing!

Once you have got your fundraising page set up – it’s time to get sharing! Send an email to all your contacts with the link to your fundraising page and get sharing it on Social Media. Facebook and Twitter are fantastic platforms to spread the word about your upcoming challenge and fundraising efforts. Ask your friends and family to share your link too.

Keep people up to date, with regular posts and chat about how you are feeling in the lead up to the challenge – this may inspire a few more people to sponsor you.

3. Keep in Touch With Your Charity

Your charity will love to hear from you – keep them updated with how you are doing and ask if they have any materials to help you raise as much money as possible for them.

4. Ask Local Businesses for Support

Ask local businesses for donations, raffle prizes or to place a collection pot in their shops. It’s also important to make sure your employers are aware of what you are doing – they can support by putting your story in the company newsletter, sharing your fundraising page across the business or even matching your fundraising total!

5. Say Thank You

Always say thank you to the people who have sponsored you. Not only will this be appreciated by the person who supported you, but anyone who hears or sees you say thanks will then be prompted to sponsor you too!

 

Good luck with your fundraising! If you haven’t signed up to TrekFest The Beacons yet, then register here or give us a call on 01244 676454 and our team will be more than happy to chat all things TrekFest!

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/fitness-new-years-resolution-2020/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:08:30 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28114 The post How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020 appeared first on TrekFest.

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The New Year is here and everyone is talking about “New Year, New You!” and setting those all important New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s all well and good writing a list of what you would like to achieve in 2020, but how will you make sure you achieve it? It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions stick – and achieve something you’ve always wanted to!

Whether you’ve signed up to an endurance trek, half marathon or other fitness challenge, here’s our top tips on how to make sure you succeed!

1. Be Realistic

Make sure you create a goal that’s achievable! Don’t set yourself the target of running a marathon in a month’s time if running is something new to you. Keep yourself motivated by setting an attainable goal – such as completing a 5k Park Run!

2. Create Short Term Goals

Whatever your main goal is, split this into a few smaller goals that you can achieve along the way. If you’ve signed up to a 50km trekking challenge, such as TrekFest 2020, then split this goal into smaller goals. Such as aiming to walk 10km continuously, then 20km etc. Short terms goals will keep you motivated, and keep you on track to achieving your New Year’s resolution!

3. Track Your Progress

Keep track of your training and note down whenever you hit a small term goal. This will then show exactly how far you’ve come! Apps such as Strava are great for keeping track of your training!

4. Reward Yourself

If you manage to complete one of your short-term goals, then reward yourself! Keep your reward in line with your goal, such as treating yourself to some new hiking kit, running trainers or even a spa day.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

There might be times when you can’t make a planned training session, or you couldn’t achieve the full distance. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! Just do the best you can, one day at a time.

6. Tell Your Friends and Family

Don’t keep your resolution a secret, let your friends and family know! They’ll be able to support you throughout your journey and you’ll be more likely to keep on going.

7. Make It Social

Even better – Get your friends and family involved! Even if they don’t want to take part in the fitness challenge itself, they could join you on a few training sessions, helping to keep you motivated!

8. Make Training Fun!

Join a fitness class that you’ll enjoy, such as Zumba or boxercise or go for some training walks or runs surrounded by beautiful countryside. Keep things fun – and you’ll be more likely to stick at it!

9. Remember Why You’re Doing This

Whatever your fitness goal is, there will be a reason why you’re doing this. You might have signed up to a fitness challenge in order to lose weight, increase your fitness levels or to raise money for a cause close to your heart. On those day’s where you struggling to keep going – just remind yourself exactly why you are doing this.

10. Be Patient

You won’t achieve your goal overnight – keep going! It takes a while for a new activity to become a habit, just be patient. By following our points above you’ll be on your way to achieving your New Year’s resolution in no time!  Remember, persistence is key!

 

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Hiking in the Brecon Beacons https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/brecon-beacons-route/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:26:18 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30991 The post Hiking in the Brecon Beacons appeared first on TrekFest.

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TrekFest The Beacons Route

The Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect location for a trekking adventure! Full of lively market towns, picturesque walking trails and home to the mighty Pen y Fan – the UK’s highest mountain south of Snowdonia. 

Join us on a Brecon Beacons hike as we take on TrekFest 2020!

TrekFest The Beacons takes us on an incredible journey through this unique National Park. Our TrekFest Village, located at The Brecon Showground, is situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons – surrounded by rolling hills and deep forests.

We have two route options available – 25km or 50km, so whatever your experience – or whether you want to walk, jog or run TrekFest, we’ve got you covered!

Hiking in the Brecon Beacons

25km Route (15.1 miles approx.)

The start of our route takes us along quiet country lanes, before reaching our first checkpoint at approximately 9km. We then start to ascend Pen y Fan – the highest peak in South Wales at 886m. The ascent twists its way up from the valley floor and we’ll be treated to magical views of Llyn Cwm Llwch below. We’ll then reach Corn Du ridge, passing the Tommy Jones Obelisk on the way.

It’s then time for our final incline to the summit of Pen y Fan, where we will be welcomed with incredible views across the beautiful Brecon Beacons.

After a moment to enjoy our surroundings (and catch our breath), it’s then time to make our way down to our next checkpoint.  The initial descent is steep, as we head along the ridge of Cefn Cwm Llwych. After taking a moment to refuel at the checkpoint, we then make our way to the TrekFest Village, following country roads and sections of the Three Rivers Ride path.

 

50km Route (31 miles approx.)

Our 50km challenge begins by following the same route as the 25km. Upon reaching the summit of Pen y Fan, we then head to the peak of Fan y Big, one of the four main peaks of the Brecon Beacons. We then descend to our checkpoint and enjoy a well-deserved hot meal! The route then continues through Taf Fechan Forest, following part of the Taff Trail. We’ll continue along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, before reaching our final checkpoint at Talybont-on-Usk. It’s then the final push to the finish line at our TrekFest Village!

 

Join us at TrekFest 2020 and explore the Brecon Beacons National Park by foot!

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TrekFest 2020 – Beat The Price Break! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-2020-price-break/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:39:55 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30946 The post TrekFest 2020 – Beat The Price Break! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Are you planning on joining us at TrekFest 2020? Then don’t delay! Our Early Bird discount ends at midnight on Saturday 30 November!

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Join us on Saturday 19 September for our ultimate trekking challenge – take on 25km or 50km in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park and make every step count for the charity of your choice!

Plus – complimentary camping for the whole weekend and access to our epic TrekFest Village, full of yummy food, a chill out zone and even a pop-up bar! What more could you want for an adventure filled weekend!?

Register before midnight on Saturday 30 November to beat the price break!

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Why Should You Take on A Corporate Challenge? https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/take-on-a-corporate-challenge/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:30:03 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=27408 The post Why Should You Take on A Corporate Challenge? appeared first on TrekFest.

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Take on a Corporate Challenge!

It’s time to inspire your team with a weekend of adventure!

Taking on TrekFest as a corporate challenge has many benefits for you and your team! From building a sense of team spirit amongst your employees to supporting your chosen charity in aid of your Corporate Social Responsibility Goals – whatever your aim, we can help you to achieve it!

Taking on an endurance event such as TrekFest can be a daunting experience, however doing it as a team along with colleagues and friends, can help to motivate you during training and all the way to the finish line! 

Participants Crossing Start Line

Here’s our top three reason for entering a corporate team into TrekFest 2020;

1. Team Bonding

Charity challenges, such as TrekFest, are a great opportunity to motivate your team and create a great sense of team work.

Getting your employees to step outside of the comfort of their everyday routine can help improve staff retention and overall job satisfaction! Plus, taking on a corporate challenge can help you understand your team better – what are their strengths and weaknesses? What are they interested in? You’ll have plenty of time to get to know each other whilst taking on 25km or 50km in the Brecon Beacons!

Team building will bring your colleagues closer together, creating a friendly working environment which can lead to a more successful and creative workplace!

2. Improve Staff Fitness and Wellbeing

Taking on TrekFest as a team will help to improve both staff fitness and wellbeing. Having something to aim for is a great opportunity to get your team training together – and a chance for some extra team bonding, as well as increasing your staff’s overall fitness levels!  

Increasing the well being of your staff has been shown to positively increase your team’s engagement and overall productivity! TrekFest 2020 will help your staff to get moving, training and achieving!

3. Support Your Charity of the Year!

TrekFest 2020 can help you make a positive contribution, support your chosen charity and contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility goals!

Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has helped to raise over £2 million for charities nationwide. Every step really does count!

Corporate Team at TrekFest

TrekFest Is the Ultimate Corporate Challenge!

Join us on an incredible challenge as we trek for 25km or 50km across the Brecon Beacons National Park! This is more than just a trekking challenge – but a full weekend of adventure!

Camping is included over the whole weekend and our TrekFest Village is the perfect place to soak up the pre and post event atmosphere. Chill out in our relaxation zone or celebrate your achievements with your colleagues at our TrekFest bar!

For more information on what’s included at TrekFest 2020, access our TrekFest Guide!

From the moment you sign up, until the moment you cross that finish line, your colleagues will be buzzing with excitement – training and fundraising towards the same goal!

Participants at TrekFest

Interested?

We can accommodate teams of any size at TrekFest 2020, to find out more about entering a corporate team just give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team will be more than happy to help!

 

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s time to motivate your employees and take on TrekFest 2020!

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Why You Should Take on TrekFest 2020! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/why-you-should-take-on-trekfest-2020/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 15:25:32 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30840 The post Why You Should Take on TrekFest 2020! appeared first on TrekFest.

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A Chance to Explore the Stunning Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a stunning area in South Wales, home to Pen y Fan; the highest peak south of Snowdonia! The Brecon Beacons are full of rolling green landscapes, picturesque towns and dramatic mountains – all waiting to be explored! Our TrekFest Village is situated amongst incredible scenery and our 25km and 50km routes take in the best sights that the Brecon Beacons has to offer! Check out our Top Ten Facts About the Brecon Beacons National Park.

People in TrekFest Village

Push Yourself Outside Your Comfort Zone

TrekFest is a chance to test yourself, to push yourself outside your comfort zone and see what amazing things you can achieve! Whether you decide to walk, jog or even run – TrekFest is designed to test you both mentally and physically. Plus, you’ll be taking on Pen y Fan (886m) which is a challenge in itself. But fear not, our TrekFest crew will be supporting you every step of the way – ensuring that you achieve your goal!

Support A Charity Close to Your Heart

Make every step count! You can take part in TrekFest for yourself or for the charity of your choice. Since 2013, TrekFest has raised a massive £2 million for charities nationwide. As soon as you register you will be fully supported by your charity (and by us!) to help you smash your fundraising target! Need some inspiration? Check out our Top Fundraising Tips!

Make A Weekend of It with Your Friends

One word – Inflatable pub! Ok…that might be two words, but TrekFest is so much more than your average trekking challenge. As well as the inflatable pub, our TrekFest village is home to a massage area, chill out zone and an abundance of tasty food! Plus, camping is complimentary for all participants, so grab your friends and family and make a fun weekend of it!

Friends taking on trekking challenge together

Improve Your Health!

 

Once you have signed up to TrekFest 2020, it’s then time to get your training in. This means going on regular walks in your local countryside. Hiking in the outdoors has been shown to improve both your physical and mental health, with amazing benefits for your body and mind. Find out more about how walking can improve your health here.

TrekFest Medal

For the Medal!

No challenge would be complete without a nice shiny medal to prove it! Every TrekFest finisher will receive a medal, finishers t-shirt and even a glass of bubbly to celebrate!

Make Friends with Like Minded People

 

Whether you’re a solo trekker or trekking with friends, family or colleagues – you’ll meet hundreds of likeminded people at TrekFest 2020! Many challengers leave TrekFest with friends to last a lifetime – we’ve even had a couple meet at TrekFest who are now happily married!

Achieve Something Amazing

 

Whether you take on the 25km or 50km challenge, conquering TrekFest is an achievement you will be extremely proud of! Crossing that finish line will give you a huge sense of achievement and memories to last a lifetime.

TrekFest Village

It’s time to lace up your boots and sign up to TrekFest 2020!

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TrekFest The Beacons 2020 – Registration Now Open! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-beacons-2020-registration-open/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:59:05 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30496 The post TrekFest The Beacons 2020 – Registration Now Open! appeared first on TrekFest.

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The Beacons are Back!

 

We’re super excited to share the news that TrekFest The Beacons is back for 2020! We’ll be returning to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park on Saturday 19 September 2020.

What?

TrekFest is our ultimate trekking adventure – a 25km or 50km hike through the challenging Brecon Beacons National Park. The aim is to summit Pen y Fan whilst making every step count for the charity of your choice!

When?

TrekFest The Beacons takes place on Saturday 19 September 2020, however TrekFest 2020 is a full weekend of adventure from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September! Camping will be available for the whole weekend – and is free for all participants. So, grab your friends and family and make it a weekend to remember!

Where?

This year’s challenge takes place in the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by natural beauty and the iconic skyline featuring Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn! The event village is located at Brecon Showground, and features a pop-up bar, chill out zone, massage area and plenty of delicious food to enjoy!

Why?

There are many reasons to take on TrekFest 2020; whether it be to meet likeminded adventurers, to experience breath-taking scenery, to push yourself outside your comfort zone – or to make every step count for the charity of your choice. Since it’s launch in 2013 TrekFest has raised over £2 million for charities nationwide! Choose your distance, choose your charity and make every step count!

Who?

TrekFest is the perfect challenge for you! Whether you sign up solo, or as part of a team, you’re a trekking newbie or an expert trail runner – TrekFest should definitely be on your adventure list for 2020!

The minimum age required to take part in TrekFest is 18 years old, however 14-17-year olds can take part as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

TrekFest The Beacons participants at the top of Pen y Fan

For more information on TrekFest 2020 access our TrekFest Guide here.

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Trekking Tips for Beginners. Start Your Adventure Today! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekking-tips-for-beginners-start-your-adventure-today/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:27:34 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30238 The post Trekking Tips for Beginners. Start Your Adventure Today! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Top Trekking Tips For Beginners

Trekking is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors whilst getting in some exercise! If you’re new to trekking then check out our top trekking tips for beginners…

Where to Go?

So, the saying goes … “Put down the map and get wonderfully lost”. However, this may not be the most practical advice if you are new to trekking. It’s important to do a bit of research and find the right route for you.

Resources such as Walking Britain, The National Trust and All Trails have a range of different walking routes for you to test out. Once you have decided on a route, familiarise yourself with a map of the area. It’s always worth starting with popular trails before you venture out on more adventurous routes or maybe even ask an experienced friend to join you on your first few hikes.

When choosing your route, start small and choose the right route for you. Once you have been out on a couple of hikes, you’ll be able to gauge your fitness level and can then go on a few more difficult walks when you feel comfortable.

What to Wear on Your Trek?

The weather in the UK is highly unpredictable – so it’s always best to be prepared. Layers are key! It’s better to be too warm and have layers to take off, than to be too cold or not have any waterproofs during a sudden downpour.

Here are some top tips on what to wear on your trek;

  • Wear comfortable hiking boots, with good ankle support. Check out our Guide to Walking Boots for more information on choosing good quality footwear for your adventure!
  • Always carry waterproofs with you – even if the weather forecast is sunshine and blue skies. You don’t want to get caught out in the rain!
  • Avoid cotton walking socks – woollen socks will help to keep your feet dry and will prevent blisters.
  • Bring plenty of layers. The weather conditions may change dramatically half way through your walk – it’s much better to be prepared.
  • Avoid cotton clothing. Wool or fleece layers will keep you warmer and drier throughout your trek.

For more information, check out our blog post; What to Wear on a Hike.

What to Pack

To start with, you’ll need a backpack that fits you correctly. Secondly, make sure your bag has a waist strap that rests on your hip bones – you should feel most of the weight of your bag on your hips, not your shoulders. And finally make sure you pack your bag correctly, with the heaviest items closest to your back.

Here are the vital items you’ll need to pack;

  • Water – Keep hydrated! Make sure you bring plenty of water on your trek and take small sips regularly. Using a rehydration system makes it easier to keep hydrated on the go!
  • Map, Compass & Directions – Always have a map with you and make sure you have researched your route beforehand. If you’re looking for some advice on how to read a map, then check out this Simple Guide to Map Reading.
  • Emergency Kit – Be prepared for all eventualities! Make sure you take a basic first aid kit, whistle and survival blanket with you on your trek.
  • Snacks – Trekking takes up a lot of energy, so make sure you refuel regularly with lightweight high energy food. Snacks such as fruit, nuts and energy bars will keep you going for longer.
  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone – Make sure you bring your mobile phone just in case you get lost or come into some sort of difficulty. If you don’t think that your battery will last the duration of your trek, then bring a lightweight portable charger with you.
  • Sunscreen – Don’t forget your sunscreen! To keep things lightweight only bring a small tube with you.

Other Top Tips

  • Always check the weather leading up to and on the day of your hike. This will help to ensure you have all the correct kit with you. If the forecast is looking terrible, then rearrange your walk for another day.
  • Tell someone where you are going and what time you should be finished by – and don’t forget to let them know when you have returned from your trek!
  • Pace yourself. Remember – this isn’t a race! If you start your trek powering along the path, then you might find you use up all of your energy too quickly and become fatigued early on. Take it slow and enjoy the views!
  • Join a local hiking group, such as the Ramblers. It’s a fun way to meet people with similar interests.
  • Leave no trace – Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos.

    Once you’ve read our Trekking Tips for Beginners, and been on a few treks, then it might be time to set yourself a challenge.

    TrekFest is our ultimate trekking event – a 25km or 50km hike through stunning UK scenery.

    Whether you want to take on the challenge for yourself, or would like to do so in support of your chosen charity, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of like minded individuals all wanting to make a difference.

    For more information click here or give us a call on 01244 676454.

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    TrekFest The Peaks Reviews 2019 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-the-peaks-reviews-2019/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:18:42 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=30019 The post TrekFest The Peaks Reviews 2019 appeared first on TrekFest.

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    TrekFest The Peaks – Conquered!

    On August 31st 2019, hundreds of adventurers joined together to take part in TrekFest The Peaks! 

    TrekFest is our ultimate trekking challenges, set in the rugged Peak District National Park! Our challengers completed either the 25km or 50km route, conquered tough terrain and battled through mixed weather conditions to achieve their goals!

     

     Our TrekFest Village proved to be a massive hit – home to our inflatable pub, chill out tepee, massage area and complimentary campsite! It was the perfect location to soak in the pre and post event atmosphere, and celebrate our achievements after conquering TrekFest 2019!

    Are you interested in taking on the TrekFest challenge in 2020? Check out our TrekFest The Peaks reviews here and feel inspired!

     

    Completed the Peaks 50km TrekFest this weekend; fab event. Well organised, great sign posting, and the food was fabulous (I am vegan and my options were great).

    The event village was well laid out and the showers wonderful! The post event massage – invaluable.

    Had a wonderful day!

    Siobhan

    It was our first 25km Trekfest, a very well organised event, from beginning until the end we were supported. All staff were friendly and encouraging, especially on those hills!!! Tough as it was we both enjoyed it, and look forward to next year. Big thank you to all the organisers!

    Angie

    I completed the 2019 TrekFest in the peaks. I did the 50k challenge and what a challenge. It’s a huge achievement one that will stick with me for as long as I have my marbles. But without the great organisation, friendly staff and well spirited entrants that challenge would have been so much harder. Thank you to the whole team at GAC.

    Phillip

    Fantasic staff with inspiring & positive attitudes who make every participant feel special. A great organisation with clear instructions pre post & during the event. Great facilities. An organisation with a genuine mission to make a difference in every way. In a nutshell – what’s in the tin is whats on the label 😍!! Refreshing in every way. 

    Michelle

    The weekend was well organised, with all the information we needed before and during the event. The facilities were great and we felt able to relax and enjoy it all. There was a great atmosphere and I hope to see them again next year for the Brecon Beacons!

    Abi

    Brilliantly organised event (50k Peak District), excellent marshalling and directions. Food great, TrekFest village was mint!!! A great challenge with great support. Loved it!

    Dawn

    Participants taking part in TrekFest 2019

    I just completed the 50km Trekfest at the Peaks and the whole event was run so well, from signing up, to the onsite facilities to the marshalls on route. In particular the happy marshal who greeted us 3.5km before Checkpoint 3. I would definately do another challenge with this company (just maybe not for a while as my legs needs to rest 🤣) Thank you GAC!

    Vicki

    We took part in 25km TrekFest in the Peak District. Very well organised event, lovely staff and great encouragement along the way. Already thinking of coming back next year!

    Kirstie

    Awesome event management enjoyed everything about it Marshall’s were brilliant the food was delicious 😋 and the atmosphere was great. Thankyou.

    Anita

    Trekfest 2019 – Brilliant event, fantastically organised, no hiccups or issues! Staff were lovely and so supportive, would definitely do it again!

    Louise

    First timers for Trekfest 25k. The event was so well organised, the food was great… atmosphere brilliant, and the staff were, quite frankly the very best. There for encouragement every step of the way… I’m tired, a little bit broken but already I’m gearing up for next year!! Thank you to everyone at Team GAC!

    Laura

    My friend and I walked the 25km route and it was an amazing experience. The views, the people, the weather (!), the sense of achievement – all contributed to a great day. The organisation of the event was outstanding; everything was thought about and made for a very successful event.

    Sarah

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    TrekFest The Peaks 2019. All Your Questions Answered. https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-peaks-2019-questions-answered/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:12:47 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=29618 The post TrekFest The Peaks 2019. All Your Questions Answered. appeared first on TrekFest.

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    TrekFest The Peaks 2019 is just around the corner, and here at Global Adventure Challenges we are getting extremely excited about the upcoming weekend of adventure!

    Here is everything you need to know about TrekFest The Peaks 2019!

    The TrekFest Village

     

    Where is the TrekFest Village Located?

    You’ll find our event village located at: Hope Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8RZ.

     

    What Time Will the TrekFest Village Open?

    Our Event Village will open at 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019, to give you plenty of time to set up your tents in our camping area.

     

    What Time Does Registration Open?

    Registration for both the 50km and 25km routes will be open from 7:00pm until 9:30pm on Friday 30 August.

    If you are taking part in the 25km challenge then you can also register between the hours of 7:15 and 8:15 on Saturday 31 August.

    If you are taking part in the 50km challenge, then you must register on the Friday evening.

     

    Do I Need to Pre-Book My Camping Space?

    No – we have allocated enough space to accommodate everyone! Camping is included on both the Friday and Saturday nights for TrekFest participants. Friends and family can also join in the fun for the weekend, and come along to cheer you on! The cost for friends and family to camp for the whole weekend is £10 per person.

     

    What Facilities Will be Available at The Camping Area?

    We have hot showers, toilets and multiple water points all located next to the Camping Area.

    What Facilities Will be Available at The TrekFest Village?

    Our TrekFest village is the perfect place to soak up the pre and post challenge atmosphere, to meet fellow trekkers and to enjoy a celebratory pint once you’ve crossed that finish line!

    Our TrekFest Village is home to a pop-up bar, chill out zone, massage area and food area provided by Extreme Hospitality.

    What Food Will Be Available at The TrekFest Village?

    There will be a BBQ available on the Friday night including an array of BBQ meats, salad and cake. This is available for both participants and spectators at approximately £12 per person.

    Breakfast is also available to purchase on both Saturday and Sunday morning (This will be approximately £4 for a breakfast bap). Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.

    Every TrekFest participant will then receive a well-deserved free hot meal on completion of the challenge!

    Start of TrekFest The Peaks 2018

    The TrekFest Challenge

     

    What Time Does the Event Start?

    The 50km trekking challenge will set off at approximately 7am, whilst the 25km will then set off at 9am on Saturday 31 August. All trekkers must attend a briefing 15 minutes before your start time.

     

    What Kit Do I Need to Bring with Me?

    You will have been provided with a full Kit List when signing up for the challenge. Please make sure that you bring all the items marked as mandatory, as they have been listed with your welfare in mind. Anyone who is deemed to be inappropriately equipped will not be permitted to take part.

     

    Can I Wear Trainers?

    Unless you intend to run the 25km or 50km routes, then we highly recommend that you wear trekking boots that support your ankles. Failure to wear appropriate footwear may result in you not being allowed to participate.

     

    What Support Will There Be on The Route?

    Our amazing TrekFest crew will be supporting you throughout the challenge. Our Event Managers will be heading up the crew, who are all qualified mountain leaders. There will be plenty of marshals along the route and sweep walkers following behind the last walker.

    First aiders and event crew will also be present at each checkpoint.

    Plus, you’ll receive a route map at registration and the whole route will be marked with fluorescent arrows. Your Route Guide will also contain emergency procedures and contact information.

     

    What Will Be Available at The Checkpoints?

    Each checkpoint will contain a selection of snacks such as flapjacks, crisps, fruit and sweets. There will also be plenty of water and cordial to fill up your water bottles. If you are taking on the 50km challenge, then you’ll receive a hot meal at checkpoint 2 and a hot drink at checkpoint 3.

     

    How Long Will I have To Complete the Challenge?

    If you are taking on the 50km trek then you’ll have 17 hours 40 minutes to complete the challenge. If you’re taking part in our 25km trek then you’ll have 8 hours 50 minutes. These times are based on an average walking speed of 3km/h (plus time to rest at checkpoints / food stops), which is highly achievable as long as you put in the correct training beforehand. Remember – this is not a race! Checkpoint timings can be found in the Participant Area of the website.

    People taking part in TrekFest The Peaks

    Post Event

    What Time Do I Have to Leave the TrekFest Village?

    Participants will need to leave our TrekFest Village by 10:30am on Sunday 1 September

     

    When Will Results Go Live?

    Provisional results will go live the Monday following the challenge – these can be found in The TrekFest The Peaks Participant area and will be shared in your dedicated Facebook Group.

    The results will then be finalised over the following week, with final results uploaded on the Friday.

     

    Will Photos Be Available After the Challenge?

    A professional photographer will be taking photos throughout the day (make sure you give him a wave!). These will then be uploaded onto our Facebook Page in the weeks following the challenge.

    People hiking at TrekFest The Peaks 2018

     

    If you have any further questions on your upcoming challenge, then check out the Participant Area of our website or give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our TrekFest Events Team will be happy to help!

    In the meantime, make sure you have joined our dedicated TrekFest The Peaks Facebook Group (for participants only), and follow our brand new TrekFest Instagram account!

     

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