Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek

When:

20-21 July 2019

Where:

Glasgow to Edinburgh

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Take on the ultimate walking challenge through the day and night, trekking up to 30 hours over 100km along the beautiful Forth and Clyde and Union Canals, from the largest city in Scotland, via the iconic Falkirk Wheel to the Capital. 

The trek will be one of the biggest challenges you've ever taken on but the sense of achievement will last a lifetime!

100km a little too far? Walk the distance of a marathon on our Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel Walk

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When: 20-21 July 2019

Where: Glasgow to Edinburgh

The challenge

Take on our ultimate endurance event, trekking 100km continuously, 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 iconic Falkirk Wheel before arriving in Scotland's capital. You'll walk down the Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament building in sight for your final few kilometres. 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. 

'A great challenge, stretching myself to the limits for a good cause. I am proud both of myself but also of all my great friends which supported me and sponsored me with nearly £1,000.' - Glasgow to Edinburgh 2018 Champion

Chat to other participants and get the latest information on the Glasgow to Edinburgh Facebook page.

If 100km may be a little too far, why not check out our Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel walk? Walk the distance of a marathon from the Glasgow Science Centre to the famous Falkirk Wheel. 

Registration costs

 Early Bird

Until 14th February 2019

Standard Price

From 15th February 2019

Glasgow to Edinburgh

 £50 £55

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 complete this form and send it back to us at [email protected]

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Fundraising

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Champions have aimed to raise £400 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever. 

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Your Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek entry includes

  • Technical T-shirt (you will pick this up on the morning of the event)
  • Head torch and batteries
  • Medical support
  • Free sports massage
  • 2 free hot meals
  • Snacks and drinks on route
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • A route map (coming soon)
  • GPX map (coming soon)
  • A brand new training guide, coming soon
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Hot showers at the finish (please bring your own towel and toiletries)
  • Mobile charging points at Linlithgow Primary School (please bring your own charging cable)

Because of the testing nature of the trek we would recommend that you use a training guide to help prepare for this challenge and take part with a friend or as part of a team. 

Contact us

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]

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Make your travel plans

Glasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, G51 1EA

Getting to the start

By car

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. 

Public transport

Bus
Stagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)
First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)
McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)
 
Train
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!
 
Subway
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.)

 

The finish

Edinburgh Academy , 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5BL

By car

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.

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Raise money

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Champions have aimed to raise £400 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever.  

Did you know that the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a Just Giving fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, by email, group chats and with your family and friends.

Create your fundraising page

Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Chat to other participants and get the latest information on the Glasgow to Edinburgh Facebook page.

Get fit for your challenge

This is a real test of endurance and mental strength. Dependant on your fitness levels, we recommend that you start training at least three months before the event to build up your distance and foot strength. 

You will walk at your own pace, however, there is a cut-off time at each checkpoint. The minimum average walking speed during the event is 3.6km (2 miles) per hour to complete the challenge within the time. If you fall behind this time, at a checkpoint, you may be offered a lift to continue the trek further down the route or should you wish to retire, transported to the finish or further checkpoints. There is also a maximum average walking pace of 6km (3.7 miles) per hour to ensure you are on track to hit each checkpoint safely.  

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. 

All participants will be provided with a head torch and batteries, however, if you have one we would recommend you bring your own as a back-up. 

You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

Support vehicles

For a participants safety and welfare there will be support vehicles en route to collect any trekkers falling outside of the checkpoint cut-off times, experiencing difficulty or deciding to retire. They will be offered a lift to continue their walk further down the route or should they wish to retire transported to the nearest checkpoint or finish. In addition, where possible we strongly recommend each participant has access to their own support vehicle. A support driver information pack will be available soon to download which includes checkpoint details. 

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.

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At the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek

07:00

Registration opens

07:45

First participant safety briefing, additional ones will take place periodically between 07:45 and 08:45.

Upon arrival you will be directed to the next safety briefing.

08:00 - 09:00

Start of your trek - participants will be set-off in waves following each safety briefing

08:45 Final participant safety briefing

14:00

Trek finishes (Sunday 21 July 2019)

At the start each participant will be issued a high-resolution route map and you will be supported on the route via the marshals and checkpoints. Areas where direction options are multiple a marshal or directional signage will be present. In addition, you will be required to check in at each checkpoint and will be issued with the phone number of Event Control at the start should you have any queries or issue at point during the trek.

We recommend that you walk in pairs or more, especially during the night section. Should you be undertaking the challenge alone we can assist you with pairing up with other trekkers on the morning of the event.

There will be a total of 8 checkpoints along the route and at each varying facilities, including a free bottle of drinking water and toilets. At a number there are also water taps to top up your drinking water, therefore to help us make the event more environmentally friendly we would be grateful if you keep empty bottles and also top these up should you require additional water.

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. 

There are mobile charging points at Linlithgow Primary School, please bring your own charging cable.

The terrain

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. It is at each participant’s discretion, but feedback from previous participants on this trek has indicated that given the nature of the terrain and difference in weight a good pair of broken-in walking shoes are recommended footwear versus walking boots for this challenge, but you may find it useful to try different types of foot wear during your training to see what suits you best.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs are permitted on the trek but rules of the countryside code must be followed. We would remind participants that the walk is 100km and can take up to 30 hours, the welfare of any animal participating is the responsibility of the owner / participant and we would recommend that plans are in place for the animal to be collected should it be in difficulty or unable to continue. 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.

Luggage transfer

One bag up to cabin sized may be left with our luggage storage at Glasgow Science Centre and/or Falkirk Wheel. All luggage will be transported to Falkirk Wheel and then onto the finish at Edinburgh Academy. Participants utilising this service may access their luggage at either Falkirk Wheel or Edinburgh Academy, however it will not be available at any other locations. A luggage label with the participant number will be attached to the item of luggage, however should the label become removed it is also recommended for participants to also include their name, contact details and participant number on or in their luggage.

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 and toiletries), sports massage and a rest area will be provided with a warm welcome from your supporters and the BHF events team.

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