Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek

When:

22-23 July 2017

Where:

Glasgow to Edinburgh via Linlithgow

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Are you tough enough to take on one of Scotland’s hardest walks and help fight against heart disease? You will walk between Scotland’s 2 largest cities – Glasgow to Edinburgh, 96km, 30 hours overnight…are you up to the test!

Sign up, start training now, and help power research with every mile.

Early bird pricing in place until January 2017 - Sign up today!

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Sign up for the 2017 trek

When: 22-23 July 2017

Where: Glasgow to Edinburgh via Linlithgow

By signing up to take on our Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek, you will join the fight against heart disease.

Taking in beautiful scenery, world famous landmark, and breath-taking views with every step – sign up today and take part!

   Distance  Early bird price Standard Price 
 Glasgow to Edinburgh  96k  £50  £60 
 Glasgow to Linlithgow (Day trek)  56k  £30  £40
 Linlithgow to Edinburgh (Night trek)             40k  £30  £40

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Walk day and night and experience stunning views, dark pathways, moonlit canals and shadowy tunnels in this unforgettable adventure. 

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.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so our fundraising target for this event is at least £250 for the day and night treks and £400 for the full trek.

The Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek is the only one run by a charity, for a charity, so all your fundraising goes directly to the British Heart Foundation.

The event is open to anyone above the age of 16 – U18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and complete the following Entry Form 

Because of the testing nature of the trek we would recommend that you train for this challenge and take part with a friend or as part of a team.

Interested in taking part as a team? Speak to our Events team by calling 0845 130 8663 or emailing [email protected]

Your Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek entry includes

  • Technical T-shirt
  • Head torch and batteries
  • Personalised bar coded scan points (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 or night trekkers plus discounted food and refreshments on route
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Water and hot drinks on route
  • Full route map in PDF and GPX
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Hot showers at the finish

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

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Make your travel plans

Kelvingrove Park, Arglye Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8AG

Getting to the start

By car

Kelvingrove Park is situated on Argyle Street, around five minutes from the M8. 

There is parking (£1 for 4 hours) to the rear of the Kelvingrove Museum, 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

The closest underground stations are Kelvinhall and Kelvinbridge.  

Closest train stations are Charing Cross Rail Station, Patrick Station and Glasgow Central Station. 

First Bus services 2, 3, 7, 19, 19A, 23, 747 stop outside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. 

Kelvingrove Park is a twenty-minute walk from the City Centre.

Halfway checkpoint

Linlithgow Primary School, Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 6HB

The finish

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

Getting to the finish and travelling from the event

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.

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating. Heart Trekkers therefore need to commit to raising a minimum of £250 to take on one of our 50km treks, and £400 for our 100km trek. Also, see how raising £500 and more gets you access to our prestigious 500 club.

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. 

Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our walking training zone.

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.

Support vehicles

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 Trek Facebook page for event updates and share your experiences with other trekkers.

Get your family and friends involved

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to come and cheer you on, or they could come and help on the day. Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.

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At the Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek

07:00

Registration open

07:45

First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)

08:00 - 09:00

08:00 (mass start) full trek and day trek starts

20.45

Night trek registration opens

21:30

Night trek starts

14:00

Trek finishes (Sunday 23 July)

The Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek route

Check out the 2016 route map (PDF)

Downloadable GPX file 

Downloadable KML file 

Starting off at Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful public parks, you’ll walk 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, including an additional water supply if you are low on 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. 

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. 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.

Dogs

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.

Luggage transfer

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 collecting your well deserved medal, Hot food, sports massage and a rest area will be provided at the finish along with a warm welcome from your supporters and the BHF events team.

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The 500 Club

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page, you'll be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive our exclusive BHF top which can then be worn during your specific challenge.

For teams to be eligible, there must be at least £500 or more online sponsorship pledged per person, per team along with the names of all eligible entries.

Details of how to claim your 500 club top will soon be released - keep checking the page for more information.

 

We can't wait to welcome you to the club! 

 

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