This is your first step to becoming a Heart Trekker
12 May 2018
London to Henley
Are you ready to take on our picturesque endurance event, staying on your feet for up to 12 hours and walking 50km during the day in the fight against heart disease? This event is a great challenge for those who enjoy walking, groups of friends looking for something new to try, or a group of colleagues looking for a great team-building exercise.
'Such a great sense of achievement in crossing the line and raising funds for such a great charity. I absolutely loved it despite the pain I felt at the end. Would encourage everyone to have a go' - London to Henley 2017 Heart Trekker
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 this form 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 Henley 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.
Your London to Henley Trek entry includes
- Fully marshalled and signposted route
- Heart Trekkers Technical T-shirt
- Personalised bar coded scan points
- Medical support
- Free sports massage
- Brand new training guide
- A free hot meal plus additional food and refreshments along the route available to buy
- A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
- Updated 2018 map
- Water at every checkpoint
- Mobile charging points at the end of the trek
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]
How to get to the start of your challenge
Start of your 50k Trek
Spelthorne Leisure Centre,
London to Henley Finish
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.
Train: Henley-on-Thames Train Station is a 0.5 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 Station Road (0.3 miles away). Bus timetables can be found on the Arriva Bus Website
Car: Pay and Display car parking is available at the event site.
How to become a top fundraiser and an amazing Heart Trekker
We can't thank you enough for signing up and starting your journey, not only for becoming a Heart Trekker and taking on this great challenge, but by becoming a fundraiser too and joining the fight against heart disease
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising our 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.
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 Henley Trek challenge
This event is a full day of walking to complete the full 47km. We suggest you start training at least three months before the event, building up your distance mile by mile, a brand new training guide is now available.
Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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 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.
On the day
|| Registration open
|| First safety briefing (others at 08:15 and 08:45)
|08:00 - 09:00
| London to Henley Trek starts
|| London to Henley Trek finishes
The London to Henley Trek route
At the London to Henley Trek
Our trek takes you through Windsor and Cookham before arriving in Henley and hugs the river Thames for much of the way. It's quite a flat route but does include a couple of hills.
The whole route will be signed with Day-Glo arrows. You will need to check in with marshals at each checkpoint. Every walker will be given a map of the route before the walk.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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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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