London to Oxford Trek

When:

12 - 13 May 2018

Where:

London to Oxford

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From the Capital to the historic university city of Oxford, heart trekkers can walk 100km through the day and through the night in one of our most difficult and prestigious endurance challenges.

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Take your first step towards becoming a Heart Trekker

When: 12 - 13 May 2018

Where: London to Oxford

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. 

'I thought this was going to be easy, but oh I was wrong - such a sense of achievement once we made it to the end. Walking 100km is much harder than I thought!' - London to Oxford 2017 Heart Trekker

Registration costs

 Early Bird Price Standard Price 
 Date Before 14th Feb 2018  15th Feb 2018 onwards 
Adult £50 £60

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 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 and joining the fight against heart disease.

By taking part in the London to Oxford 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 Oxford Trek entry includes

  • Fully marshalled and signposted route
  • Heart Trekkers Technical T-shirt
  • Personalised bar coded scan points
  • Medical support
  • 2 free sports massage
  • 2 free hot meals (1 at the halfway point and 1 at the end) plus additional food and refreshments along the route available to buy
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Water at every checkpoint
  • Mobile charging points at the halfway point and at the end if needed
  • A new trek preparation guide will be coming soon

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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Start of the 100km Trek

Spelthorne Leisure Centre , Knowle Green , Staines upon-Thames , Surrey , TW18 1AJ

 

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100km Trek finish

Oxpen Meadows , Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1RX

Getting to Spelthorne Leisure Centre

Train: Staines Train Station is a 0.6 mile walk from the Spelthorne Leisure Centre. Train times and prices are available on the National Rail website.

Bus: The two nearest bus stops are on Knowle Green (0.3 miles away) and Kingston Road (0.8 miles away). Bus timetables can be found on the Transport for London website.

Car: Free drop off parking is available at the Leisure Centre but cars are not allowed to stay during the duration of the event.

 

Leaving Oxford

Train: Oxford Train Station is a 0.4 mile walk from the trek finish location. Train times and prices are available on the National Rail website.

Bus: The nearest bus stop is on Park End Street (0.3 miles away). Bus timetables can be found on the Oxford Bus website.

Car: Pay and Display car parking is available at the event site. Details available on the Oxford City Council website.

 

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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 research. Previous Heart Trekkers have raised £400 for this event, and 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.

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

Get fit for your London to Oxford 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.

A new trek preparation guide will be coming soon!

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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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.

London to Oxford Support Driver Information

Join us on Facebook

Join the London to Oxford Trek Facebook page for event updates and share your experiences with other trekkers.

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
 Trek starts
14:00  Trek finishes (Sunday 13 May)

The London to Oxford Trek route

At the London to Oxford Trek

Our trek takes you through Windsor, Cookham, Henley, Benson, Clifton Hampden, Abingdon and Oxford and hugs the river Thames for much of the way. 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 are 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 terrain

The route is a mix of muddy paths, fields, tarmac tracks and gravel/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 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.

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Welcome to the club

Back for 2018 is 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

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