London to Oxford Trek

When:

13 - 14 May 2017

Where:

London to Oxford via Henley

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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.

There are also two 50k options: a London to Henley day trek and a Henley to Oxford night trek.

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

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Sign up to the London to Oxford Trek

When: 13 - 14 May 2017

Where: London to Oxford via Henley

By signing up to take on our London to Oxford 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

   Distance  Early bird price Standard Price 
 London to Oxford  100k  £50  £60 
 London to Henley (Day trek)  50k  £30  £40
 Henley to Oxford (Night trek)             50k  £30  £40

Early bird pricing finishes on the 31st January 2017. 

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Entry registration for Under 18's can be done by downloading the 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 we ask our heart trekkers to set themselves a target of at least £250 for the day and night treks and £400 for the full trek.

This London to Oxford 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'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.

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

Your London to Oxford Trek entry includes

  • Technical T-shirt
  • Head torch and batteries
  • Personalised bar coded scan points
  • Medical support
  • Free sports massage
  • 2 free hot meals for 100k & 1 free hot meal for 50k trekkers plus additional food and refreshments along the route available to buy
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Water 
  • Trek preparation guide

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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Start of 100k Trek and 50k Day Trek

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

50k Day Trek Finish and 50k Night Trek Start

Henley, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF

100k and 50k Night Trek Finish

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

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, so our fundraising target for this event is at least £250 for the 50 treks and £400 for 100k treks..

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

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.

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.

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.

Join us on Facebook

Join the London to Oxford 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.

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At the event

07:00   Registration open
07:45  First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)
08:00 - 09:00
 100k & 50k day trek starts
20.30  50k night trek registration opens
21:30  50k night trek starts
14:00  Trek finishes (Sunday 14 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 tarmac 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 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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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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