FAQs - Your Questions. Answered - London to Brighton 100K Challenge

FAQs. Answered

London 2 Brighton. We made it!When is the event?

The challenge takes place between Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2015, starting from Richmond-Upon-Thames in South West London and finishing in Brighton.

Your exact start time will be confirmed by the event organisers closer to the time and will be based according to your predicted finishing time.

How do I apply for a place?

Entries are now open. Apply for your place online now.

You can apply as an individual or as a team. Please note you will need to pay the relevant registration fee (below) by debit/credit card when you apply.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee for the London 2 Brighton 2015 Challenge is £49/39 depending on your chosen distance and is non-refundable. This fee doesn’t go to The Hunger Project (The Charity) but to the organisers – Action Challenge, who put on an incredible event for both elite ultra runners and walkers.

Having completed the London 2 Brighton Challenge in aid of The Hunger Project I can now see exactly where the fee goes – this was the best organised challenge event I have ever participated in and it was worth every penny” Chris – L2BC’12 Participant

Upon completing your registration, we’ll be in touch to help out getting your fundraising underway.

How much money do I have to raise?

You will need to pledge to raise a minimum of £475/295 (includes Gift Aid) for The Hunger Project, roughly £250/125 of which must be received by The Hunger Project six weeks prior to the event in April. The remaining fundraising and any excess is due to be paid to The Hunger Project no later than 4 weeks after the challenge.

The Hunger Project pays an additional fee for your place to the event organiser (Action Challenge) for services associated with marketing and organising the event. Some challengers prefer to cover this extra fee (to ensure 100% of the money raised goes to the charity) by making a personal donation on their fundraising page – if you would like to do this please get in touch with mark.speirs@thp.org or call him on 07595 222 354.

Small Charity – Big Support

The Hunger Project is a relatively small charity in the UK with just two staff in the UK but the London 2 Brighton Challenge forms a big part of our fundraising plans in 2013 so we will be on hand to support you all the way from the moment you register right to the finish line in Brighton in May.

Last year 28 challengers supported The Hunger Project collectively raising over £19,000. Our Challenge Events Manager, Mark even completed the course himself in 2012 and has plenty of advice for prospective challengers – both runners and walkers.

What difference will my sponsorship make?

Your support will go a huge way to give those in the developing world a hand-up. We provide training, tools equipment and the motivation for individuals and entire villages so that they can begin taking the steps to ending their own hunger themselves. Our programmes are delivered on the ground by an incredible 380,000 locally trained, volunteer leaders.

  • £20 supplies one family with seeds and fertiliser.
  • £30 suppliers one family with proper tools to plant and harvest their crops
  • £65 provides two months of nutritional supplements for the nursery school meal programme at one of our epicentres
  • £160 provides a series of training programmes on using food processing equipment and techniques to preserve and store food for the dry season
  • £300 provides enough money to start a small scale irrigation project to support rural women farmers
  • £600 supplies small farmers with tools and training for cultivation in community growing schemes
  • £1200 provides basic foodbank supplies to ensure a community begins a food security programme (sacks, storage racks and fumigation)
  • £1800 enables an entire epicentre community to purchase a range of food processing equipment

What’s included?

Before the challenge…..

  • Online resource area
  • Opt into preferred start time window
  • Training plans & optional ‘on-line’ trainer
  • Kit and equipment lists with discount links
  • Optional training walks from Action Challenge
  • Optional training walks from The Hunger Project
  • Fundraising toolkit from your charity
  • Facebook Group
  • Merchandise Shop

During the challenge…

  • Event pack – timing chip, hi-vis, energy products
  • Full event support – marshals, support walkers
  • Fully signed route, route map
  • ‘Celebrity’ aerobic warm up at the start
  • Manned check points every 12.5km
  • Clean portaloos at all stops
  • Snack / drink stops and hot meal rest stops
  • Doctors and event medics at every rest stops from 50km onwards
  • Shuttle service for retirees at rest stops from 50km onwards
  • Massage facilities from 75km rest stop onwards, and at the finish
  • Runners – Extra supplies of energy bars and gels along route
  • Runners – Baggage service at the 50km hot food stop

As you cross the finish line…

  • Breakfast in Brighton and finish line party!
  • A finishers pack – with a 2013 challenger medal and T-shirt
  • Welcomed in by your friends, family and supporters!
  • Shuttle buses to Brighton Station

What kind of support will The Hunger Project give me?

When you join ‘Team Hunger’ you will be supported throughout your entire event experience.

In addition to our initial fundraising pack, we’ll send you regular newsletters with tips to help you prepare for the big day along with a couple of group training walks during the spring. And if that isn’t enough, we will be there for you on the day participating throughout as well as offering you a well-deserved congratulations at the end of the event.

Am I fit enough?

There’s no denying it – this is a tough challenge by anyone’s standards whether you are running or walking. It will be physically and emotionally demanding. You will have to combat fatigue and tiring limbs as you battle through the challenge.

You will need to prepare, but we will issue a training plan when you register to assist your preparation for the event. Please read the training advice carefully. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods the more comfortable and enjoyable you will be on the challenge.

Are you thinking of running? 100km is 2.5 marathon distance – across difficult and varied terrain. This is no road marathon and the running category of the challenge is classed for only those who attempting the challenge under 15 hours.

Not sure whether to apply as a walker or runner? Just get in touch with mark.speirs@thp.org – we are more than happy to advise as you make your decision.

How much will I need to train?

The London 2 Brighton Challenge is a tough event and training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigors of the event.

It is very important for all competitors to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance and provide with ability to recover between stages during the challenge.

You will have access to an event specific training guide to aid with your training and preparation, it can be found in the participants area or view and download it here | London 2 Brighton Challenge Training Guide.

What about food and nutrition?

Approximately every 12km there are manned checkpoints and replenishment stops with water, tea, coffee, soup, juices, and snacks. You will bring your own lunch for the first major rest stop at 25km. Hot meals are served by our specialist catering team at 50km and 75km.

The on event catering will be mixed and plentiful with calorific intake a priority. At the finish in Brighton there will be a celebratory hot brunch/BBQ available to all participants (supporters are charged a nominal fee).

For runners – there will be an extra supply of energy products available throughout the event.

What do I need to carry?

You are responsible for your personal items on the event and an equipment and clothing list will be available to download from the Participants Area. Some items are essential/compulsory, others recommended.
You will need a daypack (c30l) to carry the recommended personal items throughout the event including wet weather gear, warm clothing, water, snacks, sun protection, personal first aid kit, and personal items. You will be issued with a walker safety pack including maps.
There will be a baggage transfer service from the start in London to the finish line in Brighton for a single piece of baggage not exceeding 75l/20kg. Participants who retire from the challenge will be responsible for claiming their baggage at the finish line.
Runners will have an extra baggage service – where you will be able to access your bags at the half-way mid point on the challenge should you not wish to run with your bags.

How do we find our way along the route?

Each stage of the challenge will have it’s own map which included rest stops and route hazards. The route will also be clearly signed with pink directional arrows and the night time stages will be supplemented with reflective tape and glow sticks. With 1700 participants in 2012 and many more expected in 2013 you won’t be far behind or infront of other competitors.
What happens if I get lost during the night stages?

All stages of the route are fully signed – and during the night stages we use reflective and glow-in-the-dark signage so you will always be able to see the marked route. It is also compulsory that all challengers wear a head-torch during the night states, and a reflective item to wear which will be provided for you.

The night stages will also be heavily supported by our team of head walkers you will not be on the course by yourself and we will also be tracking every walker at each check point with electronic tagging.

It will be compulsory for you to carry a charged mobile phone and we will have an emergency contact number and contact procedure in the unlikely event you do get lost. Our control room will be on standby throughout the event to help anyone in need.

What is the terrain of the route like?

The London 2 Brighton Challenge mainly takes place on bridal paths however there is an urban element to the challenge when leaving London. The route is a mixture of built up urban areas and spacious countryside, the route is 1/3 on roads and 2/3 following footpaths and bridleways. Some challengers choose to complete the 1st 25km in trainers before changing to walking shoes/boots others complete the entire challenge with a hybrid trail shoe.

What happens if I or someone in my team has to pull out of the challenge along the route?

If you unfortunately have to drop out of the challenge, you will need to do so at the nearest check-point if possible, where you will need to alert the event organisers, who will ‘log’ you out of the event.

From the half way stage onward there will be support vehicles, and shuttle services to the nearest train station for you to safely and easily return home.

Can I bring my dog on the challenge?

No – unfortunately we do not allow dogs to take part in the challenge as we cannot cater for them along the route. We do however think dogs make for great training companions and you are welcome to bring them along to The Hunger Project’s group training walks

How do I get to the start and from the finish?

Within the Participants Area full information about transport links at the start and finish and approximate start times will be published. Then about 1 month prior to the challenge exact start times and specific joining information details will be sent to you as part of your departure pack.

I am signing up as an individual – how can I meet other trekkers on the challenge?

Once you have signed up to the challenge you will be invited to join the London 2 Brighton Facebook group whereby we encourage individuals and teams of people to meet, converse and organise training walks. It is a great way to connect with other individuals on the challenge and there is always a discussion going on! If you then want to you can arrange to walk with the people you have met on the challenge.

Action Challenge and separately The Hunger Project run training walks in the months leading up to the challenge which prove great opportunities to engage with other walkers and runners. Last year (after challenger requests) some individuals walking for The Hunger Project opted to form teams closer to event – this is easy to do yourself in the participant area of the site but we will gladly facilitate and guide you through this.

How old do I need to be?

You must be 16 years or over on the date of the event (25th May 2013) to enter on to the London 2 Brighton Challenge.

How can we sign up as a team?

All teams entering need to be set up by a ‘team captain’ – this is the first team member who signs up to the challenge and creates the team. Then the additional team members can sign up by linking in to that pre-registered team.
There is no limit to the number of participants you can have in a team – however we recommend that everyone is of the same fitness level and pace – and that a team is no more than 12 challengers. Click here to find out more about being part of a team.

One of our team mates has dropped out of the challenge – can someone else take his place?

All teams are made up challengers who have paid a non-refundable registration fee. We can add, change and amend team sizes and names but any cancellation of a team member is subject to our cancellation terms and conditions.

Can I cancel my place on the challenge?

You can cancel your place on the event but your registration fee is non-refundable. Refund of any sponsorship monies paid is considered on a case by case basis.

I signed up as an individual – can I join a team?

If you have signed up to the challenge as an individual you can amend your registration form by logging back in to the forms and changing your registration – to either create a new team or join a pre-existing team.

Can we do a name change for a team member of our team?

No, all registrations are on an individual basis and whilst we can link together registrations to join and create teams. Any persons cancelling from the challenge will forfeit their place on the event and any new team member will have to sign up as a new challenger.

Once signed up, how do I start my fundraising and set up my fundraising page?

Once you have signed up to the challenge, you can set up your online fundraising page by following the link to JustGiving on the confirmation page or by following the instructions in your confirmation email. If you prefer to use a different online giving site – we also support VirginMoneyGiving and MyDonate (both are registered charities themselves) and charge smaller fees than JustGiving meaning more of the money raised goes to The Hunger Project.

Once you have set this up you can start sending out the online link to all your friends and family to start collecting donations!
The Hunger Project will also send you a welcome e-pack which will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans – sponsorship forms are also available on request.

What happens if I fail to raise the minimum sponsorship amount?

The London 2 Brighton Challenge is a fundraising event for charity – and therefore by signing up you are committing to fundraise the minimum sponsorship for The Hunger Project.

Failure to meet the initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the challenge. However this is down to the discretion of The Hunger Project and will be decided on a case by case basis. The event is tough – but in many respects that makes it a bit easier to find willing sponsors, as it is no walk in the park.

Further questions? We are here to help

If you are having problems with any aspect of your fundraising, registration or have concerns about meeting the target please get in touch with mark.speirs@thp.org – or call him on 07595 222 354.

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