Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk

When:

25 July 2020

Where:

Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel

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Walk from one of Scotland's largest cities to the famous Falkirk Wheel, can you walk the distance of a marathon in one day?

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You're a Champion!

When: 25 July 2020

Where: Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk on 20 July 2019. All your hard work has helped us to fund life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases and to help beat the heartbreak caused by the world's biggest killers. Whatever distance you took on, whatever your time, and whether or not you finished, to us you are all BHF Champions - we can't thank you enough!

 

A massive THANK YOU to our loyal volunteers, family and friends for all their hard work to ensure this event ran smoothly - we couldn't have done it without you!

 

Now the event is over, make sure the memories live on by:

 

Fundraising

This year, we're aiming to raise £174,000!! Previous Champions have aimed to raise £300 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever. Don't forget, your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research

Don’t forget that it’s not too late to fundraise and circle that JustGiving page! If you haven't done this already, setting up your page couldn't be easier and only takes a couple of minutes. Completing the challenge always spurs your supporters on to donate to your page, so don't stop sharing!  

Our Champions' Facebook Group also contains plenty of ideas and don't forget our fundraising zone for some other suggestions too. 

 

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The 2020 Challenge

The Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk saw such a successful first year, we've brought it back for a second year! Walk the same distance as a marathon continuously through the day in July, passing many sites along the way including Kelvingrove Museum and Park, locks on the Forth and Clyde canal and finishing by the Falkirk Wheel.

Think you've got what it takes to challenge yourself to the full 100km trek? Check out our Glasgow to Edinburgh trek - 100km, 145,000 steps, trekking continuously throughout the day and night. 

Registration Fees

Sign up now and receive a £5 discount on your entry fee for a limited time only!

   Early Bird Discount Standard Price
Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel Walk  £35  £40

You must be 16 years old to take part, and under-18's must be accompanied by an adult. 

If you would prefer a paper registration form, please complete this form and send it back to us at [email protected]

 

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Fundraising

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Champions have aimed to raise £350 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever.

 

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Your Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk entry includes:

 

  • A fully signed and marshaled route
  • Technical T-shirt (you'll collect your t-shirt on the day of the event)
  • Medical support
  • Free sports massage
  • Free hot meal 
  • Snacks and drinks on route
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Route Map
  • Training guides and resources
  • A well-deserved medal for all finishers

 

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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Make your travel plans

Glasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, G51 1EA

Getting to the start

By car

Got Sat Nav? Pop in our postcode: G51 1EA

From the M8 (east or west) take junction 24 and follow brown tourist signs.

For those more familiar with Glasgow and travelling East along the M8, it is possible to leave at Junction 19, travel down the Broomielaw, cross at the Clyde Arc ('Squinty Bridge') and travel along Govan Road and into Pacific Quay.

From the M77 stay in the left hand lane (marked Tradeston/ Kinning Park) as the motorway merges with the M8. Take the next exit (junction 21) and follow brown tourist signs.

From the Clydeside Expressway take SECC (E) exit and then follow brown tourist signs.

There is parking available in the morning, 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

Bus
Stagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)
First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)
McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)
 
Train
Exhibition Centre is located on the Argyle Line with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (10-15 mins.)

Travelling to us from North West England? Why not take the Trans Pennine Express!
 
Subway
The nearest station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout. (20-25 mins.)

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Finish Line

Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk, FK1 4RS

By Car
For Sat Nav enter FK1 4RS
From Edinburgh – take the M9 west for Stirling. Exit at Junction 8 of the motorway, and follow the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From Glasgow – from the M80, then M876 and exit M876 at Junction 1. Follow signs for Falkirk and then the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From the North – Follow the M9 south and take junction 9 (Stirling Services). At the large roundabout, take the fourth exit for The Falkirk Wheel and Denny (A872). Continue to follow the brown and white tourist signs.

By public transport
There are regular services from Glasgow, Edinburgh Perth and Stirling to Falkirk stations. Visit Scotrail for timetables and tickets.

The Falkirk Wheel is then just a short taxi ride from Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon or Falkirk High Station. You will find taxi ranks at the train stations, or visit www.traintaxi.co.uk for details of taxis available for hire at these locations.

With a daytime frequency of 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and 30 minutes on a Sunday, the First Bus 3/4 service takes you from The Falkirk Wheel to Grangemouth via the Town Centre and The Helix/Kelpies. The 3/4 Service boasts leather seats, luxurious interiors and free WiFi and have the distinctive images of the Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and The Steeple on the exterior.

For more information on Service 3/4 and more visit the First Group website

By foot or bike
The Falkirk Wheel can be accessed from the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths. It is approximately a 2.5mile walk from either Falkirk Grahamston or Falkirk High Stations.

Parking
The main car park is a 5 – 10 minute walk along the side of the canal with a slight incline. There is a charge of £3 per day for parking. This payment helps to maintain The Falkirk Wheel and Scotland’s Canals.

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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 Champions have aimed to raise £350 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever.  

Did you know that the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a Just Giving fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, by email, group chats and with your family, friends and colleagues - you will be surprised as to how generous people will be!

Create your fundraising page

We'll be sending you guides on how to maximise your fundraising on the lead up to the event, but remember to check out our latest fundraising zone for more inspirational ideas to help you hit your target. 

Get fit for your challenge

This is a real test of endurance and mental strength. Dependant on your fitness levels, we recommend that you start training at least three months before the event to build up your distance and foot strength. 

You will walk at your own pace, however, there is a cut-off time at each checkpoint. The minimum average walking speed during the event is 3.6km (2 miles) per hour to complete the challenge within the time. If you fall behind this time, at a checkpoint, you may be offered a lift to continue the trek further down the route or should you wish to retire, transported to the finish or further checkpoints. There is also a maximum average walking pace of 6km (3.7 miles) per hour to ensure you are on track to hit each checkpoint safely.  

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. 

You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

Before the event, we will send you a welcome pack which will contain, amongst other information, your participant number (to attach to yourself). Presuming you've signed up in good time, you should receive this a few weeks before the big day. Later registrations will have their packed posted out by 1st class post. 

If your event is under 2 weeks away and you haven't received your pack, please contact us so our team can investigate the cause and mail you a replacement. If you are unable to do this though, please don't panic. Replacement packs will also be available from our information point, which will be open from 07:00 on the morning of the event. 

Support vehicles

For a participants safety and welfare there will be support vehicles en route to collect any trekkers falling outside of the checkpoint cut-off times, experiencing difficulty or deciding to retire. They will be offered a lift to continue their walk further down the route or should they wish to retire transported to the nearest checkpoint or finish. In addition, where possible we strongly recommend each participant has access to their own support vehicle. A support driver information pack will be available soon to download which includes checkpoint details.

Volunteer for us

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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At the Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk

07:00

Registration opens

07:45

First participant safety briefing, additional briefings will take place at 08:15 and 08:45

08:00 - 09:00

First participant safety briefing, additional ones will take place periodically between 07:45 and 08:45. 

Upon arrival you will be directed to the next safety briefing. 

 08:45  Final participant safety briefing

20:00

Event finishes

Starting off at Glasgow Science Centre, you will head through Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful public parks, and head along the Forth and Clyde canal, finishing at the Falkirk wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. 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.  

At the start each participant will be issued a high-resolution route map and you will be supported on the route via the marshals and checkpoints. Areas where direction options are multiple a marshal or directional signage will be present. In addition, you will be required to check in at each checkpoint and will be issued with the phone number of Event Control at the start should you have any queries or issue at point during the trek.

There will be 2 checkpoints along the route and at each varying facilities, including complementary drinking water, snacks and toilets. 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. 

Checkpoint locations

Please note: these checkpoints are subject to change and may be altered slightly closer to event day. We will keep you updated with these checkpoints as and when any changes take place.

Start   Glasgow Science Centre
Checkpoint 1  St. Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch
Checkpoint 2  The Boathouse, Auchinstarry Marina
Finish  Falkirk Wheel 

The terrain

The route is a mix of tarmac paths, gravel and loose stone trails with the majority of the trek taking place on canal paths. It is at each participant’s discretion, but feedback from previous participants on this trek has indicated that given the nature of the terrain and difference in weight a good pair of broken-in walking shoes are recommended footwear versus walking boots for this challenge, but you may find it useful to try different types of foot wear during your training to see what suits you best.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs are permitted on the trek but rules of the countryside code must be followed. We would remind participants that this is an all day walk and can take up to 12 hours, therefore the welfare of any animal participating is the responsibility of the owner / participant and we would recommend that plans are in place for the animal to be collected should it be in difficulty or unable to continue. The decision to bring a dog is entirely at the discretion of the owner. 

Luggage transfer

One bag up to cabin sized may be left with our luggage storage at Glasgow Science Centre and all luggage will be transported to the finish at the Falkirk Wheel. A luggage label with the participant number will be attached to the item of luggage, however should the label become removed it is also recommended for participants to also include their name, contact details and participant number on or in their luggage.

At the finish

After completing the walk and collecting your well deserved medal, you'll have access to hot food, massages and medical advice (should you need it). 

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