Wow – yesterday’s post about TrekFest 2014 went down a storm! You’ve been in touch with a number of questions, so we’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions for your information.
We’ll also add them to the TrekFest 2014 Flagship Fundraiser Page so you can easily find them again.
I want to register… what do I do now?
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so register as soon as you can! You can download the registration form here, then email or post your completed form to Laura Morris in Group Communications.
What type of person takes part in TrekFest?
People from all walks of life will be taking part – from seasoned mountain walkers to complete beginners. This is one of the great things about TrekFest – it’s open to everyone and gives you the opportunity to try something amazing and different. The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to support charities close to their hearts.
This is one of the biggest UK charity walks around… and great fun too. Both of the TrekFest routes are way-marked, and maps are given to each team or individual – although navigational and map reading skills are useful, they are not essential in order to complete TrekFest. The minimum age to take part is 18 years old.
How fit do I need to be?
The TrekFest routes have been designed to be challenging but achievable by anyone, so long as you and your team train beforehand. You will be trekking for 54 miles over 24 hours, or 27 miles over 12 hours. This is one hell of a challenge regardless of the route you choose, but with the right training – and more importantly the right attitude – it IS achievable!
A training plan is available via the participants’ log in area of the website. You will be given access to this area once your registration is accepted by the TrekFest organisers.
Do we need specialist kit?
You will receive a kit list of what to bring with you once you register to take part. Apart from some broken in trekking boots and trainers and maybe some trekking poles, you do not need any specialist kit.
What do we need to carry?
All participants need to carry a day pack (around 30 litres in size, for items such as sun-screen, water, sun hat, camera, wet weather gear, etc). A kit list will be sent to all walkers taking part – some items are compulsory, others are recommended.
FOR THE 54 MILE WALKERS – there will be a bag transfer service from The TrekFest Village to the half-way point where the hot meal is served – this is so you can plan ahead and take spare socks, clothes and any other items that may help you through the challenge. Strictly one bag per walker and it must not exceed 10 kgs/50 litres in size.
Food and drink is available at The TrekFest Village the evening before the event takes place and will be heavily subsidised. In addition, throughout TrekFest there will be a variety of check points and refreshment stops, all offering complimentary fruit, high energy snack bars, water, energy drinks, tea, coffee, etc.
There is also a hot food stop approximately half way through the 27 mile route and 2 hot food stops for the 54 mile walkers.
The organisers can cater for all dietary requirements as long as they know in advance.
What sort of back up is there?
There will be a strong support team with professional, Global Adventure Challenges Leaders bringing up the rear of the group, as well as marshalled checkpoints. There will be medics travelling around the route in support vehicles and there’ll be a First Aid point located at The TrekFest Village and at various check points en-route.
What happens if I get tired, or need to pull out?
If you have to pull out of the challenge, you will need to do so at the nearest checkpoint and inform the checkpoint event crew. There will be a support vehicle making regular transfers back to The TrekFest Village for those who need it.
Will my travel and accommodation be paid by Smiths News?
We are asking individual business units/departments to cover these costs. If not, you will need to cover them.
The base camp for the weekend is situated right in the centre of Brecon itself, at Brecon Rugby Club. ‘The TrekFest Village’ has loads of facilities available for participants – showers, camping plots and hot served food regularly.
Both the 54 and 27 mile routes will start and finish at The Trekfest Village – you can camp, bring a caravan or camper van for around £5 per person per night.
More details on camping will be available closer to the time of the challenge.
We also have some local Hotel and B&B information available here.