FAQs - Your Questions. Answered - Thames Path Challenge 25km, 50km, 100km Walk/Trek in aid of The Hunger Project

FAQs. Answered

Thames Path Challenge following the Thames Path National Trail from Putney to Henley via RunnymeadeWhen is the event?

The challenge takes place between Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016, starting from Putney Bridge in South West London or Runnymede towards Henley depending on whether you are taking the 25km, 50km, 72km or the 100km Challenge. Join our Facebook Group

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. Walkers and runners will start in waves from 7am – 11am. 25Km walkers depart from 10am at Putney. (25km and 50km routes starting from other locations have different start times).

How do I apply for a place?

Entries are now open. Registration now open for 2016

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.

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  • £69/£59/£49/£39 (Individuals)

The Registration Fee is non-refundable and the fees are paid directly to Action Challenge who organise the entire event on our behalf, unfortunately they do not form part of your fundraising. If you’d like to discuss a team or family fundraising target don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How much money do I have to raise?

You will need to pledge to a minimum fundraising target of £395/£345/£250/£150 (we include Gift Aid) for The Hunger Project, roughly 50% of which must be received by The Hunger Project six weeks prior to the event (End July 2016).

Once you register for the event, you will have comprehensive support available to you in your findraising from both us and Action Challenge, the event organisers. Also, you will receive a fantastic Hunger Project T-Shirt.

What difference will my sponsorship make?

The Thames Path Challenge forms a part of our 2016 fundraising. Your support will go a huge way to give those in developing world a hand-up! Examples of what you funds raised could provide include:

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

What’s included?

  • Event doctor, medics and experienced event response team.
  • Event information pack.
  • Support walkers, marshals and vehicles en-route.
  • Manned checkpoints and water/snack stops every 12.5km.
  • Volunteer physios at hot meal stops.
  • Hot food at 25km, 50km, 75km & 100km
  • Medal, certificate and bubbly for Finishers
  • Full support from Team Hunger & The Hunger Project (see below).

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 information, we’ll send you some newsletters with tips to help you prepare for the big day. This is all on top of the support from our partner, Action Challenge, who arrange the events.

Am I fit enough?

There’s no denying it – this is a tough challenge by anyone’s standards. 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.

What do I need to carry?

You are responsible for your personal items on the event. An equipment and clothing list is available to download from the participants area of the website which you can access once you have registered.

You will need a daypack (circa 30 litres) 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.

What happens if I get injured?

If you are injured while training we recommend you contact your GP or a specialist sports injury clinic. They will be able to advise you if you are fit enough to take part. If you do need to withdraw you will need to notify the event organisers, Action Challenge, as soon as possible. Please also let The Hunger Project know that you will not be taking part.

If you get injured during the challenge, you will be supported by roaming medics and an experienced event crew who will be on-hand to help you out if needed.

Further questions

If you have any further questions that aren’t answered here, then get in touch with Dave at The Hunger Project on 07958 726 301 or email dave.rindl@thp.org

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