Become a Heart Trekker
21-22 July 2018
Glasgow to Edinburgh via the Falkirk Wheel
Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel is a brand new walk for 2018, walk 41.5km continuously through the day, the same distance as the original marathon. The same start location and day as the Glasgow to Edinburgh 100km trek, just shorter but still a challenging walk. You'll pass many sites along the route, including Kelvingrove Museum and Park, locks on the Forth and Clyde canal and finishing by the Falkirk Wheel.
Or take on our ultimate endurance event, trekking 100km continuously through the day and night, equating to 145,000 steps from Glasgow to Edinburgh. You'll pass numerous landmarks and sites along the route, including Kelvingrove Museum and Park, locks on the Forth and Clyde canal, the Falkirk Wheel, Linlithgow Palace before arriving in Scotland's capital. Or take on our shorter but still testing day walk from Glasgow to the famous Falkirk Wheel. Either way, this event will be a great experience for those looking for the ultimate challenge, who are ready to put in plenty of training and enjoy what is going to be a serious test of both your mental and physical stamina.
'An epic endurance trek that tests your limits and pain thresholds, yet is the most rewarding challenge' - Glasgow to Edinburgh 2017 Heart Trekker
100km Full Trek
(Glasgow to Edinburgh)
41.5km Day Walk
(Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel)
You must be 16 years old to take part, and under-18's must be accompanied by an adult. If you would prefer a paper registration form, please download the form here and email it to [email protected].
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Heart Trekkers have aimed to raise £400 to take on this event, and many look at joining our 500 Club, becoming a champion fundraiser.
Your Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel/Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek entry includes
- Technical T-shirt
- Head torch and batteries
- Electronic checking system (to record your individual event time)
- Medical support
- Free sports massage
- 2 free hot meals for the full trek
- 1 free hot meal for day trekkers
- Snacks and drinks on route
- A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
- A brand new 2018 map
- GPX route map
- A training guide
- Medal for all finishers
- Hot showers at the finish of the full trek (please bring your own towel)
- Mobile charging points at the Falkirk Wheel (please bring your own charging cable)
Because of the testing nature of the trek we would recommend that you use the training guide to help prepare for this challenge and take part with a friend or as part of a team.
If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:
Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]
Make your travel plans
Glasgow Science Centre,
Getting to the start
Got Sat Nav? Pop in our postcode: G51 1EA
From the M8 (east or west) take junction 24 and follow brown tourist signs.
For those more familiar with Glasgow and travelling East along the M8, it is possible to leave at Junction 19, travel down the Broomielaw, cross at the Clyde Arc ('Squinty Bridge') and travel along Govan Road and into Pacific Quay.
From the M77 stay in the left hand lane (marked Tradeston/ Kinning Park) as the motorway merges with the M8. Take the next exit (junction 21) and follow brown tourist signs.
From the Clydeside Expressway take SECC (E) exit and then follow brown tourist signs.
There is parking available in the morning, however this should only be used by support drivers dropping off participants. We do not advise leaving vehicles here for the duration of the event.
Stagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)
First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)
McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)
Exhibition Centre is located on the Argyle Line with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (10-15 mins.)
Travelling to us from North West England? Why not take the Trans Pennine Express!
The nearest station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout. (20-25 mins.)
Finish for the day trek and Halfway Point
For Sat Nav enter FK1 4RS
From Edinburgh – take the M9 west for Stirling. Exit at Junction 8 of the motorway, and follow the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From Glasgow – from the M80, then M876 and exit M876 at Junction 1. Follow signs for Falkirk and then the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From the North – Follow the M9 south and take junction 9 (Stirling Services). At the large roundabout, take the fourth exit for The Falkirk Wheel and Denny (A872). Continue to follow the brown and white tourist signs.
By public transport
There are regular services from Glasgow, Edinburgh Perth and Stirling to Falkirk stations. Visit Scotrail for timetables and tickets.
The Falkirk Wheel is then just a short taxi ride from Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon or Falkirk High Station. You will find taxi ranks at the train stations, or visit www.traintaxi.co.uk for details of taxis available for hire at these locations.
With a daytime frequency of 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and 30 minutes on a Sunday, the First Bus 3/4 service takes you from The Falkirk Wheel to Grangemouth via the Town Centre and The Helix/Kelpies. The 3/4 Service boasts leather seats, luxurious interiors and free WiFi and have the distinctive images of the Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and The Steeple on the exterior.
For more information on Service 3/4 and more visit the First Group website
By foot or bike
The Falkirk Wheel can be accessed from the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths. It is approximately a 2.5mile walk from either Falkirk Grahamston or Falkirk High Stations.
The main car park is a 5 – 10 minute walk along the side of the canal with a slight incline. There is a charge of £3 per day for parking. This payment helps to maintain The Falkirk Wheel and Scotland’s Canals.
Edinburgh Academy ,
42 Henderson Row,
Getting to the finish and travelling from the event
There's plenty of parking at Edinburgh Academy, free of charge and available from 01:00 on the Sunday.
It is located in Stockbridge, in the heart of the Edinburgh. If you’re travelling from Glasgow, you will need to take M8, followed by A90 and B900 to reach Stockbridge and then continue onto Henderson Row.
By public transport
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley, five minutes drive or 20 minutes walk away.
Haymarket Station is a seven minutes drive or 30 minute walk.
The Lothian Bus 36 leaves from outside the Edinburgh Academy.
Become a champion fundraiser and make sure you're ready for the trek
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Heart Trekkers have aimed to raise £400 to take on this event, and many look at joining our 500 Club, becoming a champion fundraiser for the BHF.
Did you know - the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter (#G2ETrek) and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
Create your fundraising page
Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.
Get fit for your challenge
This is a real test of endurance and mental strength. We recommend that you start training at least three months before the event to build up your distance.
Our trek preparation guide can help you with training schedules, fundraising, footwear plus much more.
Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.
Make sure you have the right kit
Take a look at our recommended walking kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you.
Walkers must bring a head torch and spare batteries.
You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.
Although there will be sweeper vehicles en route to collect stragglers and take them to the most relevant location, we strongly recommend every walker has access to their own support vehicle. Download our support driver information guide (PDF) which includes checkpoint details and locations.
While there will be sweeper vehicles en route to collect any trekkers who need to retire and take them to the most relevant location, we strongly recommend that you organise a support vehicle.
Join us on Facebook
Join the Glasgow to Edinburgh Facebook Page for event updates and share your experiences with other trekkers.
Volunteer for us
Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.
At the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek
First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)
08:00 - 09:00
08:00 (mass start) full trek and day walk starts
Day walk finishes at the Falkirk Wheel
Trek finishes (Sunday 22 July)
Starting off at Glasgow Science Centre, you will head through Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful public parks, and head along the Forth and Clyde canal, arriving at the Falkirk wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, before passing Linlithgow Palace and finishing in the nation’s capital. It's quite a flat route but does include a couple of hills. Every walker will be given a map of the route before the walk.
The whole route will be signed with Day-Glo arrows. You will need to check in with marshals at each checkpoint.
We recommend that you walk in pairs or more.
We strongly suggest that you bring a blister kit (including plasters and antiseptic cream)
There will be toilets along the route.
At each checkpoint (approximately every 10-15k) there will be varying facilities available to you, additional water is available but please bring your own bottle.
During the event there will be points where you can buy refreshments however we would strongly advise you to bring your own supplementary snacks as well.
The route is a mix of tarmac paths and gravel and loose stone trails with the majority of the trek taking place on canal paths. We suggest light weight waterproof walking shoes for these types of surfaces, but you may find it useful to try different types of foot wear during your training to see what suits you best.
Trekkers are welcome to bring well behaved dogs on the challenge, but they must be able to cope with the distances involved. The decision to bring a dog is entirely at the discretion of the owner. Unfortunately, dogs will not be allowed on site at the finish venue Edinburgh Academy.
The BHF are able to transfer any extra luggage you don’t want to carry with you to the finish location of you trek. (Please ensure this is nothing more than one small bag as space will be limited in our vehicles) You should ensure everything you need whilst trekking is in your rucksack as you will not be able to access this additional bag until the finish.
At the finish
After completing the full trek and collecting your well deserved medal, you'll have access to hot food and showers (please bring your own towel), sports massage and a rest area will be provided with a warm welcome from your supporters and the BHF events team.
Welcome to the club
Our exclusive 500 club is for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.
If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey
For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.
(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)
How do I claim?
Complete our form to request your jersey
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Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.
Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club
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