London to Brighton Trek

When:

30 June - 1 July 2018

Where:

London to Brighton via Cranleigh

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The British Heart Foundation's most famous trek – going from the nation’s capital, heart trekkers will take in some beautiful scenery before arriving at Brighton beach.

You'll be walking day and night on various terrains when you take on the London to Brighton full trek.

Take on the shorter but still testing day walk from London to Cranleigh to help fight against heart disease.

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Take your first step towards becoming a Heart Trekker

When: 30 June - 1 July 2018

Where: London to Brighton via Cranleigh

The challenge

Sign up and take on our ultimate endurance event, walking 100km continuously through the day and night, equating to 145,000 steps in the fight against heart disease. 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. Alternatively, take on our day walk from London to Cranleigh - 50km continuously throughout the day.

'The toughest challenge I have ever taken part in! It almost broke my spirit but I knew I was doing it for someone who had a heart condition which spurred me on.'  London to Brighton 2017 Heart Trekker 

 

Registration costs

  Early Bird Price  Standard Price 
Date  Before 14th Feb 2018  15th Feb 2018 onwards 

Full Trek

(London to Brighton)

£50  £60 

Day Walk

(London to Cranleigh)

£35  £40 
You must be 16 years old to take part, and under-18's 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.  If you would prefer a paper registration form, please complete the form and send it back to us at [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, and many look at joining our 500 Club, becoming a champion fundraiser and joining the fight against heart disease.

By taking part in the London to Brighton Trek you are helping the British Heart Foundation continue their fight against Heart Disease. Our vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from heart disease. Thanks to you, we’ve made great progress. With you, we’ll beat it.

 

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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 full trek plus discounted food and refreshments on route  
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials 
  • Shuttle bus from Brighton seafront to Brighton station
  • Downloadable GPX route file (available on request)
  • Updated 2018 map (will be available soon)
  • Mobile charging points at halfway checkpoint (please bring your own charging cable)
  • Hot showers at the finish
  • Trek preparation guide

Your London to Cranleigh Walk entry includes

  • Medical support
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Free sports massage
  • 1 free hot meal plus discounted food and refreshments on route
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Water and hot drinks on route
  • A 2018 map (will be uploaded soon)
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Free shuttle to the train station at the finish line

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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]

The start

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex , TW16 5AQ

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. 
 

By car

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. 
 

By Rail 

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.
 
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Finish for 47k day trek and halfway point for full 100k trek

Snoxhall Pavilions, Knowle Lane, Cranleigh, GU6 8JW

By rail

The nearest stations are Guildford (10 miles away) or Horsham (11 miles away).

Parking

We recommend that you park in Cranleigh Leisure Centre and walk across to the checkpoint. The address of Cranleigh Leisure Centre is Village Way, Cranleigh GU6 8AF. This car park is only a short stay car park so no cars can be left here overnight.

Finish of full 100k challenge

Brighton Seafront, Blackrock, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1GA

Car travel and parking

There's plenty of pick up and supporter parking at Blackrock Car Park available from 05:00 Sunday 1 July. 

By rail

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.

 

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Become a champion fundraiser and make sure you're ready for your event

Raise Money

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving researchPrevious Heart Trekkers have raised £400 (full trek) and £250 (day trek) for this event, many aim towards raising £500 and joining our 500 club, where you will receive a jersey on event day which you can wear with pride knowing you're a champion fundraiser. 

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.

Our new 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.

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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.

Support vehicles

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. Read our Support Driver Information leaflet to find out the location and facilities at each checkpoint.

Volunteer for us

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.

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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What to expect on the big day

07:00   Registration open 
07:45 First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)
08:00 - 09:00 Day and full trek starts 
 21:00 Day trek finishes at Cranleigh
Next day 14:00 Full trek finishes at Brighton beach

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. 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. 

Kempton Park has its own train station, and at the finish of the full trek there is a free shuttle bus to Brighton train station. At the finish of the day trek the free shuttle bus service goes on the hour every hour from 18:00 - 21:00 from Cranleigh to Guildford train station. 

The terrain

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.

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.  

Luggage transfer

The BHF are able to transfer any extra luggage you don’t want to carry with you to the finish location of your 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. Please note, you'll be able to access your luggage at the halfway point.

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.

 

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Welcome to the club

Our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

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

Size Chart

Size XS  XL  XXL 
Chest Size (In)  33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41

41-43

43-45 
Chest Size (Cm)  84-89  89-94  94-99  99-104  104-109  109-114 

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

 

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