Trek the Night - Cotswold Way 2018 Frequently Asked Questions | Action Medical Research

Trek the Night - Cotswold Way 2018 frequently asked questions

Question: Can I take part on my own?
Answer: Yes, you have the option to sign up as an individual or as part of a team.
Question: We don’t have a support crew – can we still take part?
Answer: If you are struggling to find a crew, contact us and we may have a solution. Solo walkers do not require a support crew.
Question: Is there an age restriction?
Answer: Participants must be 18 and over. Participants aged 16 can take part, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Question: Will I be safe?
Answer: Yes, as long as you have prepared, follow our advice and stick together as a team. Your briefing will include advice on what to do in an emergency. The Trek the night back up team will be on hand to help you. Our marshals will be monitoring all participants as they pass through the checkpoints.
Question: How fit do I need to be?
Answer: The terrain is tough in parts and depending on fitness levels, some teams will be on the trail for 12–17 hours. If you want to enjoy this event, and finish, we recommend you increase your fitness levels and endurance training properly.
Question: What happens if one of my team members drops out?
Answer: Changes to the team's details can be made online up until a week before the event, when the website will be closed. If a team member changes after this point email Tracey on tedwards@action.org.uk giving the name and full details of the replacement walker.
Question: What kit do I need to carry and do I need any special clothing?
Answer: Check out the recommended list of kit items that you and your team should be carrying. Keep to the essentials and avoid doubling up on basic items. Your main items will always be water, basic first aid kit, spare warm and wet weather clothing, a torch, route maps, and mobile phones. We recommend that you have a good pair of walking boots with ankle support. Make sure you have broken them in! Wicking tops are advisable and make sure you have a selection of clothing items to keep you warm or cool, depending on the conditions. Be sure to have checked the recommended kit list for precise details.
Question: Does the event supply food, and cater for special dietary requirements?
Answer: Yes, there is food at the breakfast stop and a BBQ at the finish. Advise the organisers, in advance, of any dietary requirements.
Question: Are there any special requirements for the support driver/vehicle?
Answer: Support crew are responsible for ensuring their support vehicles are both roadworthy and suitably covered by motor insurance. You will need a vehicle capable of transporting kit, food, drink and team members.
Question: Where is the meeting point, finish point and parking?
Answer: The start point is at Dursley Pool and Sports Centre, Rednock Drive, Dursley GL11 4BY, parking to be advised. The finish point is at Cleeve Hill Golf Club, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham GL52 3PW Parking is available at the golf club.
Question: What maps will we need? And do I have to be an expert map reader?
Answer: Route information: The Cotswold Way, Dursley to Cleeve Hill OS Explorer maps 167, 168, and 179. It will help if a team member understands how to read a map and a compass. The Cotswold Way is a National Trail and way-marked. Written route instructions will be provided to use alongside your OS Explorer maps. Tricky night times will be marked.
Question: What are the timings and dates?
Answer: Date: Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June 2018. Registration 9.30pm–10.45pm. At 11.00pm a full briefing is held – all must attend. Midnight - Trek the Night starts. Duration 12–17 hours.
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