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With TrekFest The Beacons only a few weeks away, here’s a roundup of what to expect on our ultimate endurance trekking challenge in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

The TrekFest Village

 

Where is the TrekFest Village Located?

You’ll find our event village located at: Brecon Showground, Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PL.

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What Time Will the TrekFest Village Open?

Our Event Village will open at 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019, to give you plenty of time to set up your tents. Registration for both the 50km and 25km routes will be open from 7:00pm until 9:30pm on the Friday evening. 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 morning.

 

Is Camping Included?

Absolutely! 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 for the whole weekend is £10 per person.

 

What Food Is Available at The TrekFest Village?

There will be a BBQ on the Friday Night (approximately £12), which is a great place to meet your fellow adventurers! Breakfast will be available to purchase on the Saturday and Sunday mornings (approximately £4/5). Plus, you’ll be treated to a free hot meal on completing TrekFest 2019! Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.

 

What Facilities Will be Available at The TrekFest Village?

You’ll be pleased to hear that we’ll have hot showers and toilets available near the camping area, as well as multiple water points. Our Event Village is also home to our popular inflatable bar and chill out zone – the perfect place to enjoy the pre and post event atmosphere!

 

What Time Do I Have to Leave the TrekFest Village?

Participants will need to leave our TrekFest Village by 10:30am on Sunday 7 July.

The 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 6 July. 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.

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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.

 

Will the Route be Marked?

The route will be fully marked with fluorescent arrows along the way. You’ll also be provided with a route guide which contains a map and emergency procedures for you to use as a reference. Our TrekFest event crew will also be supporting you along the way, marshalling the route and sweeping the route after the last walker.

 

What Will Be Available at The Checkpoints?

Each checkpoint will have an array of tasty snacks (think flapjacks, fruit and other treats!) as well as water and cordial. If you are taking part in our 50km route, then you’ll also be able to enjoy a free hot meal at Checkpoint 2 and a hot drink at Checkpoint 3. You’ll also be greeted by our Event Team at checkpoints – including first aiders.

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Will I Get A Medal at The Finish Line?

Everyone loves a medal! And our TrekFest finishers medal will not disappoint. You’ll also receive a finishers t-shirt, hot meal and complimentary massage upon crossing the finish line!

It’s then time to chat to fellow trekkers, grab a drink at our TrekFest pub and reflect on your amazing achievements!

For more information, head over to your dedicated Participant Area or give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’ll be more than happy to help! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and keep us updated using #TrekFest.

We can’t wait to see you all at the start line, Team GAC

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Time is running out to register for TrekFest The Beacons 2019!

If you want to take on the TrekFest challenge in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park this summer then don’t delay – registration will close at midnight on Monday 10 June!

TrekFest has helped to raise £2 million for charities nationwide since its launch in 2013, with more than 7000 adventurers crossing that finish line with pride!

This year’s event is happening on Saturday 6 July, starting at Brecon Showground. With 25km or 50km routes available and the option to trek, jog or run – TrekFest is the perfect event to push you to your limits and achieve something you never thought possible!

Join thousands of previous TrekFest challengers and conquer our ultimate trekking challenge, whilst raising vital funds for the charity of your choice!

Check out what our TrekFest 2018 conquerors have to say…

 “Great organisation, friendly staff and brilliant day all in all”

Emma

“I finished the 25k in the Peaks this weekend, these guys know how to run an event, professional, welcoming, knowledgeable couldn’t fault them, will definitely recommend and attend another event”

Gary

“Excellent organisation by GAC well signposted plus GAC team along route to keep you going and help if needed. Lots of snacks, fruit and water at checkpoints. First aid, massage and hot meals were fab. Not easy but we did this challenge to raise funds for The Huntington’s Disease Association that kept us going plus support from everyone taking part”

Diane

“Just completed 50k challenge, meticulously planned event, marshals were awesome and encouraging, food was great, defo recommend taking part in one of their events”

Gregg

“Amazing from start to finish! My first trek and definitely not my last”

Jeni

“What an amazing weekend. Well organised and enjoyed absolutely every moment”

Sarah

 

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Your hiking boot will become your new best friend on your trek. Picking the right boot will ensure that you keep the blisters away, keep your feet nice and dry and keep that smile on your face!

Here are our top tips on picking the right hiking boot for you;

 

Type of Hiking Boot

There are many types of hiking boot, all designed for specific types of trekking. The main three categories are hiking shoes, hiking boots and then backpacking boots.

Hiking shoes are a lot lighter and perfect for a day hike on established routes, or can be used by experienced hikers.

Hiking boots are designed for day hikes or short backpacking trips and are more supportive than hiking shoes.

Backpacking boots are designed to carry heavier loads on multiday trips. These boots have a higher cut, and are much more supportive.

 

Material – Leather or Synthetic?

It’s important to ensure you choose the right material for your walking boot.

Synthetic boots are often made up of nylon and polyester. These boots are lighter, easier to break in and are much lighter than leather boots, but are less water resistant.

Split-grain leather boots are made with a mixture of synthetic and leather. Boots made of split grain leather are still very breathable and light weight, however not as waterproof or as durable as full-grain leather.

Full-grain leather boots are a lot more durable and water resistant, however they are less breathable and much heavier than the alternatives. Leather boots also take longer to break in.

 

Boot Cut – Low, Mid or High

Walking boots come in three different types of cut; low, mid and high. You should make sure you get the right cut for the type of trekking you are doing, as this will prevent injuries such as a rolled ankle.

Low cut boots are much lighter and good for casual hiking; however, they are not very supportive and can lead to ankle injuries. Low cut boots are suitable for well maintained walking routes.

Mid-cut boots offer more ankle support and balance than low cut boots.

High-cut boots give the most support and are the best option for varied, uneven terrain. These boots are recommended for those new to hiking.

 

When to Buy Your Boots

You should always make sure you buy your boots well in advance of your first trekking adventure! This will then give you time to wear them in around the house, test the fit and make sure you are completely happy with your purchase before going on a hike.

You should also buy your boots later on in the day, when your feet have expanded from being on them all day. This will make sure they fit well throughout your hike, and not just when your feet are cooler and smaller.

 

How to Check the Correct Fit

Hiking boots are different to your average trainer, so you want to make sure that they fit correctly to avoid any unwanted blisters. Forget about what size you normally are, as you may need a hiking boot a size larger than your normal shoe. Here are our top tips to check the fit of your boot;

Try your boots on with hiking socks, as these are thicker than normal socks and will give you a better idea of how the boots fit.

Feel the weight of your boots once they’re on to check how heavy they feel. Remember, lighter doesn’t necessarily mean better – you want to get the balance between the correct weight and having the right support for your trek.

Wiggle your toes to make sure there is enough room. Your toes should have enough room to wiggle, but not slide to the front of the boot when you’re walking. Most outdoor shops will have a ramp for you to walk up and down to test this.

Test the tightness of your boot. You should be able to fit a finger between your heel and the boot to ensure it’s not too tight or going to rub on the ankle and Achilles tendon during your walk.

 

Anatomy of Your Boot

Outsole. This is the strip of rubber at the bottom of your boot. Chunkier tread patterns are better for muddy routes, whilst shallow tread is better for a rockier path. The lugs should be solid and tough. If not, it will wear quickly, reducing the longevity of your boot.

Midsole. The midsole is located inside the boot and provides the right amount of flexibility. This should be pretty ridged if you will be walking along rocky edges or scrambling. However, can be much more flexible if your boot it for general walking.

Footbed / Insole. The footbed supports the sole in a neutral position. If you have high arches you may want to remove the insole and replace it with a more supportive footbed.

 

Liner. Some boots will have a waterproof liner – which is great for wet weather, however can be less breathable. Boots with no liner are better for walking in hot weather, to help your feet breathe. If you’d like a mix of water resistance with good ventilation, then Dri-Lex or Cambrelle linings are best.

Tongue. The tongue should be gusseted, meaning it is connected to the boot with a flap of material. This will ensure no unwanted dirt or sand will get into your boot. It also means your boot will be more waterproof.

Padded Collar. A thick collar will ensure ultimate comfort and ankle support during your hike. The collar should be soft and comfortable on the inside.

 

Toebox and Heel Counter. The toebox and heel counter provide the shape and structure of the back and front of your boot. Make sure the toebox doesn’t cramp your toes – as this area of the boot is difficult to remould. The size and shape of the toebox varies between different brands, so it’s worth trying a few varieties.

Laces. The laces should be braided nylon laces rather than flat shoe laces. Ensure your laces are secure.

Stitching. Check the stitching of the boot to ensure it has a double line of stitching, rather than single – this will increase the durability of your walking boot. It’s also worth checking for loose threads or missed stitching.

 

Looking After Your Boots

To make sure your hiking boots stay with you for a number of years, make sure you follow these steps;

Clean your boots thoroughly after each walk, removing all mud and debris.

Absorb all moisture from your boots. If they get really wet stuff them with newspaper or Absorba Balls to help soak up any moisture.

Waterproof with wax or silicone little and often.

Don’t dry boots in a warm room or next to a direct heat source, as this can cause the leather and material to shrink.

 

Now you have decided on your hiking boots … it’s time for a trekking adventure!

If you are joining us at TrekFest – our ultimate trekking challenge, then we recommend having waterproof walking boots with good ankle support. Make sure your boots are fully broken in – start by wearing them for an hour at a time and then gradually increase the time you wear them before you start using them for long distance walks. Remember your feet will be your best friends on this adventure!

For more information on TrekFest and how to enter, head over to trekfest.org.uk and make every step count for the charity of your choice!

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Our TrekFest The Beacons challenge is just around the corner – and with only 4 weeks left to sign up, now’s the time to dust off those walking boots and join us for an exciting weekend of trekking!

Registration will close at midnight on Monday 10 June. So, don’t miss out, register today!

Our Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take on TrekFest The Beacons:

 

1. Make A Difference

Since its launch in 2013, TrekFest has raised almost £2 million for charities nationwide. So, not only will you have an incredible weekend, but you’ll also be supporting the charity of your choice. Every step really does count!

2. Explore the Incredible Scenery

Both our 25km and 50km routes take you to the summit of Pen-y-Fan, with incredible views of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It really is stunning!

3. Challenge Yourself

Whether you decide to walk, jog or run TrekFest 2019, the route is designed to be challenging, to push you outside your comfort zone and ultimately achieve something incredible.

4. Meet Like Minded Individuals

The camaraderie amongst TrekFesters is second to none. We have hundreds of adventurers who sign up solo and then leave with lifelong friends. You’ll be invited to join our dedicated Facebook Group when you register, which is the perfect place to start a conversation with fellow challengers, share training tips and even arrange to meet up at our TrekFest Village!

5. Soak Up the Atmosphere

Both routes start at the TrekFest Village, where you can soak up the pre and post event atmosphere. The village is home to our Friday night BBQ, a chill out tepee, inflatable pub and plenty of camping plots. It’s the perfect location to enjoy your celebratory drink when you cross that finish line!

Still not convinced? Well we’re offering an amazing 25% OFF your TrekFest The Beacons registration fee* if you use the code TFB25 when you sign up! What are you waiting for… register today and we’ll see you at the start line!

*Terms and Conditions – TrekFest – The Beacons TFB25

  1. Discount code is only applicable to registrations for TrekFest – The Beacons 2019
  2. Registrations must be made online between 9am on Thursday 9 May and 11:59pm on Monday 10 June;
  3. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount;
  4. Discounts have no alternative cash value;
  5. All discounted registrations fees are non-refundable and are subject to our standard booking conditions;

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May is National Walking Month, and with the evenings getting lighter and the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, it’s time to appreciate the outdoors and get walking! Walking has so many health benefits, both mentally and physically. Check out our Health Benefits of Hiking post to find out more!

1. Walk to Work

If your work is too far away – then try to walk part of your commute. Try to find a car park a little out of the city, or location of your workplace, and walk the rest of the way in. You’ll feel better for it!

2. Take the Stairs

Instead of taking the lift or elevator, take the stairs instead! Not only will you burn more calories, but you’ll tone up those leg muscles too!

3. Go On An Adventure!

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a day out in the countryside! Explore your local area on a day hike, or go on a walking tour of your local town!

4. Take the Long Way Round

Are you walking home from work, or walking back from the shops? Why not explore your local area and take the scenic route home? Aim to add an extra 20-30 minutes to your regular walk.

5. Try a Walking Meeting

Do you have an upcoming 1-2-1 or work meeting? Why not take it outside and turn it into a walking meeting. Walking helps to improve oxygen flow to the brain – making you more productive and can improve your overall cognitive function!

6. Set Yourself a Goal

Set yourself a goal throughout the month of May – whether this be to walk 10,000 steps a day or to complete a 10-minute power walk every day.

7. Enjoy a Lunchtime Stroll

Going outside for a walk during your lunch break can help you to be more productive for the rest of the day, as well as adding to your daily step count!

8. Sign Up to A Trekking Challenge!

Having a long-term goal in mind, such as taking on our trekking challenge, TrekFest, will keep you motivated to walk on a regular basis to make sure you are prepared for your charity hike!

For more information on National Walking Month, and how you can get involved – head over to www.livingstreets.org.uk

 

#WalkThisMay

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OUR 2019 EASTER SALE IS NOW LIVE!

We have some very exciting news to share with you – you can now sign up to TrekFest 2019 and save a massive 25% on your standard TrekFest registration fee!*

There’s never been a better time to sign up to our ultimate trekking challenge! Whether you want to adventure in the Brecon Beacons or Peak District National Parks, TrekFest will push you both mentally and physically, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime!

Take on either 25km or 50km, surrounded by rugged countryside, and make the miles count for your chosen charity. But, HURRY – make sure you register before midnight on Tuesday 30 April in order to make the most of this amazing sale!

25km
 

 

Standard Registration Fee Easter Sale Registration Fee
Payment Option A

Reg fee + £180 minimum sponsorship

£65 £48.75
Payment Option B

Reg fee + £55 challenge balance

£65 £48.75
Payment Option C £110 £82.50
50km
 

 

Standard Registration Fee Easter Sale Registration Fee
Payment Option A

Reg fee + £330 minimum sponsorship

£75 £56.25
Payment Option B

Reg fee + £100 challenge balance

£75 £56.25
Payment Option C £165 £123.75

Take advantage of our Easter Sale and sign up to TrekFest today!

TrekFest The Beacons

Saturday 6 July 2019

Brecon Beacons National Park

TrekFest The Peaks

Saturday 31 August 2019

Peak District National Park

If you are planning ahead to 2020 and want to take on an overseas adventure, then our Easter Sale also applies to our 2020 overseas adventures! For more information click here!

 

*T&Cs Apply –

1. Registrations must be made online between 9am on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to 23:59pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019;

2. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount;

3. Discounts have no alternative cash value;

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10 Do’s and Don’ts of TrekFest 2019 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/10-dos-and-donts-trekking-challenge/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:55:10 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28735 The post 10 Do’s and Don’ts of TrekFest 2019 appeared first on TrekFest.

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Have you signed up to our exciting UK adventure, TrekFest 2019? Here are our top 10 tips for your upcoming trekking challenge!

1. Do make sure you have all the mandatory kit with you.

 

This includes suitable trekking footwear, waterproof clothing, a day bag, basic first aid kit and water and snacks etc. You will be provided with a full kit list when you register, which can also be found in the participant area on our website.

People planning their trek

2. Don’t worry if you’re trekking solo!

TrekFest 2019 is a fantastic place to meet likeminded individuals – the camaraderie amongst TrekFest participants is second to none! We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to everyone who has signed up – which is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to fellow adventurers, meet each other for training walks and find other solo trekkers that you can buddy up with on the big day!

Participants Crossing Finish Line

3. Do put the training in!

TrekFest is suitable for people of all abilities. You don’t need to be a professional athlete; however, you do need to train beforehand. TrekFest will be a lot more enjoyable if you are well prepared. Your TrekFest Training Guide will provide you with all the information you need on preparing for the challenge!

Participants laughing at a charity event

4. Do make a weekend of it with your friends and family!

Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support you during your charity trek. The challenge starts and finishes at our TrekFest Village – where your family can enjoy refreshments and activities whilst you’re off on your trek! Friends and Family are also welcome to join you in the campsite on both Friday and Saturday night, for just £10 per person.

Team of people at trekking challenge

5. Don’t forget to enjoy your post trek complimentary massage!

Not only will it help your body to recover after completing your challenge, but it is also a well-deserved treat after putting in those miles!

Massage at TrekFest 2019

6. Do take in the beautiful scenery.

The Brecon Beacons and Peak District are both stunning locations, and two of the most picturesque parts of the UK. So, when you’re climbing up those hills, don’t forget to take in your incredible surroundings. If you need a break, there’s nothing better than pausing to admire the views!

UK trek

7. Don’t worry about getting lost.

Both the 25km and 50km treks are fully route marked and you will be provided with a route guide during registration. You’ll also be provided with our Event Control number, who will be able to assist you in the unlikely event that you do get lost.

TrekFest starting lineup

8. Do get a team together!

Get your friends, family or even work colleagues on board and make TrekFest a social occasion! We have discount available if you are signing up as a large group – just give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team will be happy to discuss! If you’re thinking of taking part in TrekFest with your work colleagues then we have a range of fantastic corporate packages available, found HERE.

People finishing their trekking challenge

9. Don’t miss out on a celebratory drink in our inflatable pub!

Our TrekFest village is home to an awesome inflatable pub, chill out zone and much more. And what better excuse to enjoy a pint, than conquering either 25km or 50km and celebrating with fellow adventurers!

Enjoying a celebratory drink at TrekFest

10. Do wear your finishers t-shirt and medal with pride!

Taking on an endurance trek such as TrekFest is such an achievement, and you should feel a huge sense of accomplishment!

Medal display at trekking event
And maybe just one more … When you’re feeling like you can’t go on, or your feet are starting to hurt – Do remember why you’re taking part in TrekFest. Whether it’s for a charity that’s close to your heart, to push yourself outside your comfort zone – or because you just absolutely love getting out and about in the fresh outdoors. When you’re feeling like you can’t go on, or your feet are starting to hurt, remember those reasons – you should feel incredibly proud.

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So, you are taking part in a trekking challenge? Amazing! Now it’s time to get training and make sure you are fully prepared for your upcoming endurance trek! Here are our top tips on how to ensure that your body is fully fuelled for your adventure …

The Week Before

Start to increase your carbohydrate intake a few days before your trek, to ensure your muscles have all the energy they need to take on your upcoming endurance challenge. Foods such as rice, pasta, bread and bananas are all high in carbohydrates and low in fat, and are therefore great food sources! The week before your endurance trek is also the time to taper down your training, so that your body is fully recovered for the challenge ahead.

The Day Before

Make sure you drink plenty of water the day before your trek, to ensure your body is fully hydrated – and avoid alcohol consumption as this will dehydrate you. On the evening before your challenge, try to eat a high carbohydrate meal that you would normally eat. Such as chicken and pasta in a tomato sauce or tuna and a baked potato. Again, avoid foods high in fats and protein, as these foods take a longer time to digest.

The Morning Of

Your breakfast on the event day is very important, whatever you do – don’t miss breakfast! Don’t try anything new for breakfast, but stick to a high carbohydrate option, which includes some protein, such as porridge or scrambled egg on toast. Try and have your breakfast 2 hours before the start of your trek, and keep yourself hydrated! You can always have a small snack, such as a flapjack, 30 minutes before starting your trek.

During the challenge

Make sure you keep hydrated throughout your endurance trek. Remember that when you feel thirsty, this means that you are already dehydrated! Take in small sips of water on a regular basis.

Make sure you take snacks and/or a sports drink with you on your endurance walk, in order to keep your energy levels up throughout. On-the-go snacks can include energy bars, flapjacks, dried fruit or a sports drink. Try to eat little and often – aim for a small snack every hour or so. Whatever you take to snack on during your walk, make sure you have already tested these foods out in your training sessions.

If you are taking part in TrekFest 2019, you will be provided with snacks at the checkpoints – and 50km trekkers will also be provided with a half way hot meal. However, it’s still important to bring a selection of your own snacks.

After the Challenge

Make sure you keep hydrated after your challenge and enjoy a post challenge meal 1-2 hours after completing your endurance event! This meal should also be high in carbohydrates, in order to replace any glycogen in your body that you have used up and to aid recovery.

Trekking challenge

Top Tips to Fuel Your Trek

 

  • Don’t try anything new on your trekking day! Make sure you have experimented which foods work for you in the lead up to your challenge.
  • Avoid foods that are high in fat – as your body may find these harder to digest.
  • Make sure you know how you are carrying your fuel – and have trained with it. Carrying 2 litres of water will add to the weight of your bag, and sipping on a hydration system whilst you are trekking can take a bit of getting used to!
  • Make sure you know what food and drink will be included before, during and after your event. For what’s included on TrekFest 2019 CLICK HERE.

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So, the countdown is on for TrekFest The Peaks, thanks so much for joining us Sophie! Firstly, it would be great to hear what made you decide to take on our ultimate trekking adventure?

“For me personally a 25km trek over some rough terrain is a huge challenge, I have MS so to be able to do this is a personal achievement for me and the fundraising is an added bonus”.

 “I got my MS diagnosis in April 2016; the prediction was I would be in a wheelchair before long as it was very active and aggressive. I was offered an amazing treatment which I began in August 2016 with my second course in August 2017. This treatment has enabled me to have my life back, it’s given me time to keep up with my 2 daughters (13 and 10) and to show them that if life throws you lemons you make lemonade.

 “I want to show people that you can still achieve things and that you should aim to achieve and not give up.”

I want to show people that you can still achieve things and that you should aim to achieve and not give up

Wow, what an inspiring story – How’s your fundraising and training going in the lead up to the challenge?

 “Last year I raised money for the MS society but this year I am fundraising for the 1st Clipstone Guides and Brownies unit that are local in the village I live in, and the girls will be helping with my fundraising efforts which will go towards one of their badges.  We have an Easter raffle running at the moment, with scratch cards, cake sales and coffee mornings planned later in the year.

 “Training wise we pop to the peaks when we can in the school holidays as a family for terrain training and incline training!! And every other week my daughter and I take part in our local parkrun along with gym and swimming when I can fit them in.”

I signed up on my own in 2018 for TrekFest and met some truly inspirational people along the way

Great work! Have you ever done anything like this before?

 “I did the 25km trek last year in the peaks, my first ever challenge and I completed it (despite people thinking I would!)”

Amazing, well done! That’s great to hear! How did you find last year’s challenge?

 “I signed up on my own in 2018 for TrekFest, met some truly inspirational people along the way and completed my challenge in 9hrs 31 mins, I may have come last but I finished! This year I want to better my time so I’ve started training now and am looking forward to pushing myself again – although this time I plan on taking in the beautiful scenery and getting a few pics!”

Good luck with your training Sophie! We can’t wait to see you at TrekFest The Peaks this August!

Take On TrekFest The Peaks 2019

Join us for TrekFest The Peaks on Saturday 31 August 2019! The Peak District National Park is home to stunning scenery and challenging inclines – the perfect location for our ultimate trekking adventure!

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Sign Up and Save on TrekFest – The Beacons! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/sign-up-and-save-on-trekfest-the-beacons/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:29:14 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28484 The post Sign Up and Save on TrekFest – The Beacons! appeared first on TrekFest.

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If you missed out on last month’s price break for TrekFest – The Beacons, then don’t panic! We’re offering you another chance to trek for less when you register, plus you’ll be trekking in style with a free neck tube!

All you need to do is use discount code FB5 and sign up by Sunday 31 March and you’ll get £5 OFF your registration fee, plus we’ll send you a FREE TrekFest neck tube!*

With 25km or 50km routes to choose from plus plenty to look forward to, including full support from our TrekFest Crew, marshalled and fully-stocked checkpoints, a post-trek massage plus much more, make 2019 the year you conquer TrekFest. If you have any questions at all make sure you give us a call on 01244 676 454 or email us here and we’ll be happy to help!

 

 

*FB5 Terms and Conditions

1.  Registrations must be made online between 00:01 on Tuesday 12 March 2019 and 23:59 on Sunday 31 March 2019;

2.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount;

3.  This offer is only valid for registrations on TrekFest – The Beacons 2019;

4.  Discounts have no alternative cash value;

5.  All discounted registrations fees are non-refundable and subject to our standard booking conditions.

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Trek in Style! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekking-tshirt/ Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:13:34 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28465 The post Trek in Style! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Technical T-Shirts

Have you seen our new TrekFest technical t-shirts? These t-shirts have been designed to enhance your performance and to make sure you are trekking in style!

You have the chance to order a technical t-shirt when you register onto our ultimate trekking challenge, so you can wear it during the challenge or keep it as a souvenir of your incredible achievement.

Trekking T-Shirt

The Technical Bits:

– Athlete Pro fit crafted in 140gsm Aerolite wicking fabric

– Fully sublimated print, which allows garment to breathe, making them perfect for any exercise

– Performance enhancing fit ensures comfort and unhindered performance during activity

– Available in sizes XS to 3XL

Neck Gaiter

Or why not treat yourself to a TrekFest neck gaiter? Our neck gaiters are perfect in all weather conditions, with 12 different ways to wear them – as a headband, scarf or balaclava!

Neck Gaiter
The Technical Bits:

Made with 100% Coolmax Microfiber with Rain Repel technology and a seamless tube for maximum comfort, they’re perfect for whatever weather the day brings and you can wear it in more than 12 different ways! As a scarf or balaclava to protect you from the wind, as a hair tie or headband if the sun is out, or even just keep it as a wristband.

Already Registered?

Have you already signed up to TrekFest 2019? You can order your TrekFest merchandise through your My Events account by following the link in your registration confirmation email, for more information click here. Alternatively you can download an order form here and either post or email it back to us.

Close up of trekking t-shirt

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Louise Takes on TrekFest The Peaks for Dementia UK! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/louise-trekfest-dementia-uk/ Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:55:50 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28416 The post Louise Takes on TrekFest The Peaks for Dementia UK! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Louise, from Macclesfield, is taking on TrekFest The Peaks this August! She is currently busy fundraising and training ahead of the challenge. Louise has kindly shared her story with us, check it out here –

Hi Louise, it’s great to hear you are joining us at TrekFest 2019! What made you decide to take on TrekFest The Peaks?

“I wanted to take on a different challenge to previous years and to push myself physically by taking on a trek in the lovely Peak District, which I have never done before.”

The Peak District really is a beautiful area! Are you fundraising for a particular charity?

“Yes, Dementia UK (Admiral Nurses). I have taken part in Running Down Dementia for the last 2 years to raise money for essential research desperately needed and this year I have decided to fundraise for Dementia UK Admiral nurses who work in the community for the NHS or in care homes, hospitals and hospices.”

“Admiral nurses offer invaluable one-to-one support and care to families, practically and emotionally helping to find solutions to enable those suffering, families and carers to live their lives more positively each and every day. Another way of offering support is through the ‘Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline’. The help provided really is a life line to all involved – as living with Dementia can be an extremely hard and lonely experience.”

I wanted to take on a different challenge to previous years and to push myself physically by taking on a trek in the lovely Peak District!

That’s fantastic. It’s great to hear that you are raising money for such a fantastic cause. Why did you decide to support Dementia UK?

“My personal reasons for always choosing to fundraise for Dementia charities are because my beloved dad has Dementia and every day is a struggle, particularly for my mum as his main carer. As a family it is heart-breaking to know that you cannot change things for your loved one, but just always be there with unconditional love and care. Personally, I feel by fundraising and taking on the various challenges I have is a way of making me feel I am helping (even just a little) to make some difference to mine and other families in the same situation.”

We wish you all the best with your fundraising and training in the lead up to the challenge! Good luck Louise!

To read Louise’s story, and to support her fundraising, head over to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louise-rodger3 

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

TrekFest The Beacons

Brecon Beacons National Park Saturday 6 July 25km & 50km

TrekFest The Peaks

Peak District National Park Saturday 31 August 25km & 50km

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Best Stretches for After Your Hike https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/stretches-for-after-your-hike/ Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:48:40 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28353 The post Best Stretches for After Your Hike appeared first on TrekFest.

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Once you have finished your day hike or long-distance trek, it’s easy just to take off your boots, put on the kettle and put your feet up! But before you do – make sure you fit in some time to cool down and stretch!

Stretching after your hike – and after any form of exercise is extremely important. Stretching will reduce any stiffness you may feel the next day, increases your flexibility and reduces the risk of injury! Here are our top stretches for after your hike! Remember to always consult your doctor if you feel in pain, and seek professional advice if needed.

Stretches for After Your Hike

Quadriceps Stretch

Stand on your right leg, bring your left heel back and grab your ankle with your left hand. Keep your knees aligned and push your hips forward. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

Quadriceps Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

Sit on the floor and extend one leg in front of you, and the other so that the sole of your foot is against your inner thigh. Extend your body forward, keeping your back as straight as possible. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

Quadriceps Stretch

Calf Stretch

Stand in a lunge positions, with one leg in front of the other, with a slight bend in the front knee. Make sure both feet are facing forwards and push your back heel into the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

Calf Stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel on your left knee and place your right foot on the floor in front of you, with your foot flat on the floor. Lean forward and push your hips against the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Back Extension

Lie on your front and rest on your forearms, with your elbows at the side. Push up on your elbows and keep your neck straight. For a deeper stretch, go up onto your hands (as per the image) – but only if this feels comfortable. Hold for 30 seconds.

Stretches for after your Hike

Upper Body Stretch

Stand up tall and bring one arm overhead. Drop your forearm and rest it between your shoulder blades. With your other hand, grab below your elbow and gently pull until you can feel the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other arm.

Stretch after Hike

Why You Should Stretch After Your Hike

Reduce Stiffness – Lactic acid builds up during exercise, leaving your muscles feeling fatigued and sore. Stretching after your hike will help to reduce muscle soreness.

Reduces Lower Back Pain – Stretching your hamstrings and hip flexors can help to alleviate any lower back pain you may have.

Increases Flexibility – Stretching on a regular basis will help you to improve your overall flexibility, increasing your range of motion.

Improved Circulation – During exercise, such as hiking, blood is pumped around the body quicker than normal, increasing your heart rate. Stretching after exercise helps return blood flow back into your muscles and reduces your heart rate back to normal.

Reduces the Risk of Injury – Stretching will help to increase your range of motion and decreases tension in your muscles, reducing the risk of injury.

Are you looking for a long distance trekking challenge? Checkout TrekFest – our ultimate trekking adventure!

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Our Next TrekFest Price Break Is Coming Up Soon! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/trekfest-price-break-coming-up/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:24:01 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28320 The post Our Next TrekFest Price Break Is Coming Up Soon! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Register Before Midnight on 28 February to

Beat the Price Increase!

 

TrekFest is the ultimate endurance challenge – a 25km or 50km hike through the rugged countryside of the Brecon Beacons or Peak District National Parks.

TrekFest The Beacons takes place on Saturday 6 July in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, with both routes taking on Pen-y-Fan, South Wales’ highest peak. Register now from just £60. This is the LAST CHANCE to save on TrekFest The Beacons, so make sure you register before midnight on Thursday 28th February!

TrekFest The Peaks takes place on Saturday 31 August in the stunning Peak District, with the 25km route following the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir and the 50km route taking you to the summit of Kinder Scout – the highest point in the Peak District. Register for just £55 if you sign up before midnight on Thursday 28th February!

Beat the price increase and get your adventure underway today!

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Top Fundraising Tips! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/fundraising-tips/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 15:13:55 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28244 The post Top Fundraising Tips! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Have you signed up to a charity challenge, such as TrekFest 2019? Amazing! Now it’s time to make sure you raise funds for your chosen charity and smash your fundraising target! Here are our top fundraising tips to help you on your way!

1. Set Up an Online Fundraising Page

Fundraising pages such as JustGiving, or Virgin Money Giving, enable you to fundraise quickly and simply, with the money raised going directly to the charity of your choice – which is one less thing for you to worry about.

People planning their fundraising
Fundraisers at challenge event

2. Contact Your Charity

Don’t forget to let your charity know that you are taking part in a charity challenge, raising money for them.  They will be able to support you with your fundraising – providing fundraising tips and materials.

3. Use Social Media

Share your story on social media – people love to hear good news stories and it’s a great way to spread the word about taking part in a fundraising challenge! It’s also worth sending out an email to your contacts too, just to make sure you don’t miss anyone out.

Participants hugging after completing a charity challenge

4. Get Your Friends &

Family Involved

Get your friends to take part in the charity challenge with you – not only will it make training and the challenge itself more fun, but you can also work together towards your fundraising goals.

5. Tell Your Story

Let people know why you are fundraising, who you are fundraising for and why it’s important to you. Informing people of where the money raised will go will make them more likely to donate.

Participants laughing at a charity event
People using Fundraising Tips

6. Get Support from Your Workplace

 

This might include sharing your story in weekly newsletters, on a staff notice board or in your email signature. Your workplace may even want to match your fundraising total – which is a great way of doubling your income quickly.

7. Hold A Charity Event

Get creative and hold a charity event to raise extra funds. Organize a pub quiz, a sponsored zumbathon or even a bake off!

Bake Sale to increase fundraising
People taking on TrekFest - an endurance charity challenge

8. Keep People Updated

 

Keep your friends and family updated on how your fundraising and training are going in the lead up to your challenge, and how far off your fundraising target you are. Once you have completed your challenge – don’t forget to let everyone know how it went. There’s always time for some last-minute donations!

We hope our fundraising tips have inspired you to get out and smash your fundraising targets! If you are looking for a charity event to take part in, then head over to trekfest.org.uk and take on our ultimate trekking challenge for the charity of your choice!

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Why You Should Take on a Team Challenge! https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/why-you-should-take-on-a-team-challenge/ Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28219 The post Why You Should Take on a Team Challenge! appeared first on TrekFest.

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Taking part in a challenge event is an incredible experience. Taking part in an event as part of a team challenge is even better. Whether you take part with friends, family or even your work colleagues, there are many benefits to taking part as a team.

Types of Team

 

Fitness Group

If you are part of a fitness group, then taking part in a team challenge is a great way to put your fitness to the test! It’s also a great opportunity to work together in a different setting, other than running through parks or training in the gym together!

With Friends and Family

Create even more memories with your friends and family, by taking on a challenge event! It’s a fantastic bonding experience and a great opportunity to share a once in a lifetime adventure with your loved ones.

With Work Colleagues

Think you know your work colleagues well? It’s time to make that bond stronger, work together as one, and return to the office as a more united team. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to aid your Corporate Social Responsibility goals and support your charity of the year!

Team at TrekFest 2018

Benefits of A Team Challenge

Share the Experience

Create memories that will last a lifetime! Sharing experiences on challenge events is an incredible bonding experience, no one else will fully understand the journey or emotions you went through together to achieve your goal.

Train Together

Training towards your challenge, as a team, has so many benefits and will keep you a lot more motivated than if you were going out training alone. Make training fun and remember, you’re all in this together.

Fundraise Together

If you’re taking part in a challenge event in aid of a charity, then working together towards your fundraising goal makes things a lot easier. You can combine efforts, putting on fundraising events together and spreading the word about your chosen cause.

People taking part in a Team Challenge

How to Take Part in TrekFest As A Team

 

TrekFest is an endurance trekking challenge, taking on either 25km or 50km in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. With events in both the Brecon Beacons and Peak District National Park’s, TrekFest is the ideal challenge for both solo adventurers and enthusiastic teams looking for their next challenge.

Signing up to TrekFest as a team is simple. You can easily create or join a team of any size during the registration process. Teams can take part in different distances and for different charities. For a step by step guide on registering as a team then CLICK HERE or give us a call on 01244 676454 and we’d be happy to help!

If you are looking to enter as a corporate team, we have a range of different corporate packages available, with a variety of benefits. Just give us a call on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team would be happy to talk all things TrekFest!
Trekking together on a team event

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What to Wear on a Hike https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/what-to-wear-on-a-hike/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:06:42 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28186 The post What to Wear on a Hike appeared first on TrekFest.

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Have you ever wandered what you should wear on a hike? Hiking doesn’t require any specialist equipment, but in order to really enjoy your experience, it’s important to be prepared for all eventualities!

Here’s your essential hiking checklist –

 

Clothes

1. Layers

Layering is key when you’re going out on a hike. You don’t know what the weather might bring, especially when you’re on the top of a mountain – where the weather can quickly change. It might be sunny with blue skies at the start of your trek, but feel like the middle of winter at the summit!

2. Waterproofs

The worst thing you want to be doing is hiking in wet clothes! Make sure you bring a waterproof jacket and trousers with you, so that you’re fully prepared for any unexpected downpours!

3. Walking Boots

Your feet will be your best friends on a long hike! Your walking boots need to be comfortable and supportive. Make sure you spend a bit of time trying on a few different walking boots, to see which fit better. And it’s always worth asking the experts – the staff in outdoor shops are trained to help you, and will be able to advise on their different styles.

4. Walking Socks

Walking socks are just as important as your walking boots – if they don’t fit correctly, then they can cause uncomfortable blisters. Socks made from wool, or other natural material, are ideal, as they draw away moisture from the skin and are quick drying.

5. Warm Hat / Gloves

Even though the forecast may predict a mild day, weather can change quickly up on the mountains. Make sure you are prepared for all eventualities.

What to wear on a hike

Equipment

1. Day Pack / Rucksack (approx. 25 litres).

You will need a backpack in order to carry your essential hiking items. Make sure your bag is comfortable – with the correct support and waist strap, so that the weight is evenly distributed between your back and shoulders.

2. Water Bottle or Rehydration System

In order to perform well, your body needs water. Make sure you bring enough water for the duration of your hike. Dehydration can cause all sorts of problems when out on a long walk, increasing your risk of hypothermia and altitude sickness. Remember – when you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated!

3. Head Torch (and spare batteries)

Even if you’re not planning on hiking in the dark, your hike may take a lot longer than expected or you might get lost. If you’re out passed sunset, you’ll be grateful to be accompanied by a head torch! Make sure you check the batteries beforehand.

4. Map & Compass

A map and compass will tell you where you are as well as being a vital tool if you get lost. It’s all well and good using the GPS on your phone, however always carry a map and compass as a backup. It’s also important to make sure you brush up on how to use your map and compass!

5. Sun cream

Sun protection is so important when you’re out hiking. Sun burn can result in dehydration and can lead to a very uncomfortable hike – and some very dodgy tan lines!

Hiker looking at a map

Emergency Kit

1. Mobile phone

Take a fully charged mobile phone with you on all your hikes – just in case of an emergency.

2. Snacks / Emergency Food supplies

Always prepare for the unexpected – such as getting lost, difficult terrain or injuring yourself. Therefore, always make sure you have some extra food – to help keep your energy levels high.

3. Survival Blanket

An emergency blanket is lightweight and won’t take up much space in your backpack, and may save your life if you end up in an unexpected situation.

4. Whistle

Just in case you get lost and are out of sight, a whistle will help people to locate you.

5. Basic First Aid Kit

Always carry a basic first aid kit with you, in case of any minor ailments. And make sure that any thing used is then replaced.

And most importantly – make sure you test out your kit on smaller hikes before taking on an endurance trek such as TrekFest. Your boots should be well worn in and you should be used to all of your kit before taking on an epic adventure!

Now you’ve got your kit sorted, it’s time to get outside and go and enjoy some beautiful countryside!

 

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Health Benefits of Hiking https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/health-benefits-hiking/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:09:08 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28169 The post Health Benefits of Hiking appeared first on TrekFest.

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Are you looking to increase your overall health and wellbeing this year? Hiking in the outdoors is a great activity and one of the simplest ways to get more active. Hiking has many health benefits for both the body and mind;

Reduce Body Fat

Hiking can help you to lose weight, by increasing the number of calories you burn in a day. The faster you walk, or steeper your incline is, the more calories you will burn. As your stamina and fitness improves over time, your metabolism will improve, promoting a loss in body fat. 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 some gorgeous countryside!

Tone Muscles

Walking and hiking can increase the strength in your muscles, specifically your calf, quadriceps and hamstrings. 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. Furthermore, being out 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.

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%.

Hopefully this has inspired you to get out those walking boots and get hiking in the great outdoors! If you are looking for an endurance trek to train for in 2019 then head over to www.trekfest.org.uk to hear all about our ultimate trekking adventure!

People hiking in the outdoors

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution in 2019 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/fitness-new-years-resolution-2019/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:08:30 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=28114 The post How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution in 2019 appeared first on TrekFest.

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The New Year is fast approaching, which brings with it the list of New Year’s resolutions and the “New Year, New You” attitude. But how many times have you set yourself resolutions in the past, and not managed to carry them through the year?

It’s 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 you’ve never even been on a run before. Keep yourself motivated by setting an attainable goal.

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, 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 progress and you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come!

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 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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What To Expect From Our TrekFest Village https://www.trekfest.org.uk/blog/what-to-expect-from-our-trekfest-village/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:01:39 +0000 https://www.trekfest.org.uk/?p=27897 The post What To Expect From Our TrekFest Village appeared first on TrekFest.

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Our awesome endurance challenge, TrekFest, is more than your average trekking challenge. We want you to experience a full weekend of adventure, with likeminded individuals and return home with incredible memories that will last forever.

The TrekFest Village

Both our 25km and 50km routes will start from the TrekFest village. Our TrekFest village will be open from Friday evening – and is the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere before and after completing your challenge. Starting with a fantastic BBQ on the Friday night, this is the time to meet your fellow adventurers and fuel yourself for the next day!

The TrekFest village is home to an inflatable pub, chill out area, all your catering needs and more. Once you have completed your challenge, make sure you enjoy your free hot meal and your highly deserved complimentary post trek massage! The evening is then yours to enjoy – look back on what you have accomplished and celebrate your achievements with new friends!

The TrekFest Campsite

Our TrekFest campsite is open from Friday night until Sunday morning – and is free for all TrekFest participants. The campsite will have all your needs – including water facilities, toilets and hot showers.

Feel free to bring along your friends and family, to make a fun filled weekend of it. Friends and family can camp over the weekend for just £10 per person. Campervans are also welcome to TrekFest, with a specific parking area available.

Camping in TrekFest Village
Camping in the TrekFest village
Full details of the TrekFest village opening times will be communicated to all participants prior to the challenge. Please note that the Inflatable Pub and catering facilities are cash only.

Would you like to be part of this incredible weekend of adventure? Request a brochure today and get your journey underway!

 

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