Information on the London to Brighton Trek
24 - 25 June 2017
London to Brighton via Cranleigh
By signing up to take on our London to Brighton Trek, you will join the fight against heart disease.
Taking in beautiful scenery, amazing architecture and breath taking views with every step – sign up today and take part!
Choose your distance
||Early bird price
| London to Brighton
| London to Cranleigh (Day trek)
| Cranleigh to Brighton (Night trek)
Event registration for under 18's can be done by downloading an entry form
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 shorter (day or night treks) and £400 for full trek.
This London to Brighton Trek is the only one run by a charity, for a charity, so all your fundraising goes directly to the British Heart Foundation.
You must be 16 years old to take part, and under-18 must be accompanied by an adult. 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 London to Brighton 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 100k & 1 free hot meal for 50k trekkers plus discounted food and refreshments on route
- A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
- Shuttle bus from Brighton Racecourse to Brighton station
- Downloadable GPX route file (available on request)
- Downloadable route map (pdf)
- Hot showers at the finish
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]
Kempton Park Racecourse,
Staines Road East,
Sunbury on Thames,
Travel and parking
There’s parking at Kempton Park Racecourse. You can leave your vehicle here from event day up until midnight on Monday 26 June. It will be left entirely at your own risk. Alternatively you can get dropped off in the morning of the event.
Kempton Park is located on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court, less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25.
Kempton Park Station is situated just 200 yards from our registration area at the racecourse. Trains run every half an hour from London Waterloo with a 40 minute journey time.
Finish for 50k day trek and start for the 50k night trek
The nearest stations are Guildford (10 miles away) or Horsham (11 miles away).
Parking is available at the Pavilion.
Travel and parking
There's plenty of pick up and supporter parking at Brighton Racecourse available from 05:00 Sunday 25 June.
The Racecourse is easy to reach from the A27 Brighton bypass. If you are approaching Brighton on the A23 you need to go east on the A27. Head for signs directing you to Sussex University and take the B2123 to Woodingdean, turn right at the traffic lights and the Racecourse is approximately one mile on your left hand side.
Brighton is less than an hour from London by train and there are services from Victoria, London Bridge and Kings Cross. There are also frequent coastway services operating from Eastbourne, Lewes, Hastings, Worthing and Portsmouth. Please contact National Rail enquiries for more information 08457 48 49 50.
Free shuttle bus
There will be a free shuttle bus at the end of the trek taking finishers from Brighton Racecourse to Brighton station. This will run every 30 minutes from 05:00 - 15:00.
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 day or night treks, and £400 for our full day/night trek. Also, see how raising £500 and more gets you access to our prestigious 500 club.
Create an online fundraising page
Did you know - the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
CREATE YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE
Share your page on Facebook, Twitter (#L2Btrek) and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.
Get fit for your London to Brighton Trek challenge
This event is a real test of endurance and mental strength, and we suggest you start training at least three months before the event, building up your distance mile by mile.
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 walking kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you.
For this trek take a good look at the list provided in our training guide.
Although there will be sweeper vehicles along the route to collect heart trekkers needing assistance and take them to the most relevant location on the route, we strongly recommend every walker has access to their own support vehicle. This could be a friend or family member at the end of the phone who is available to come and pick you up.
Join us on Facebook
Join the London to Brighton Trek Facebook Page for event updates and share your experiences with other trekkers.
Get your family and friends involved
Invite your family and friends to take part with you, help with fundraising, cheer you along at your event, or act as a support vehicle.
Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, be your support vehicle or they could come and help on the day.
First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)
08:00 - 09:00
Day/night and day trek starts
night trek registration opens
night trek starts
Next day: 14:00
At the London to Brighton Trek
Our trek takes you from Kempton Racecourse through Guildford, Cranleigh, Henfield along the south coast at Hove and into Brighton at the racecourse. 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 a water stop where there will be varying facilities available to you, including an additional water supply if you running 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 route is a mix of tarmac paths, riverside paths and gravel and loose stone trails. 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.
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 being presented with 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.
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!