Trek - South Downs Way Frequently Asked Questions | Action Medical Research

Trek - South Downs Way - 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; we will carry a small bag of personal items from the start to the breakfast stop (CP 3) and then on to the finish at Beachy Head.
Question: What if we take longer than normal to finish?
Answer: If you arrive at the final checkpoint, Birling Gap, after 4.30pm you must stop walking and let your support vehicle drive the team to the finish.
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: What are the costs?
Answer: £150 to register your team, and a commitment to raising at least £1,500 per team (full route) or £1200 (lite route) in sponsorship or £38 to register an individual with a minimum commitment to raise £375.
Question: Is there any nearby accommodation?
Answer: Please contact the Eastbourne Tourist Information office for details of nearby hotels
Question: What happens if one of my team members drops out?
Answer: Changes to the team's details can be made online until a week before the event, when the website will be closed. If a team member changes after this point email Clara on giving the name and full details of the replacement walker.
Question: What if we get lost or injured?
Answer: This is very unlikely but can happen. Using your OS Explorer maps and navigation skills you can easily pick up the South Downs Way, which is in the main way marked. Always keep in contact with your support crew. You should have a basic first aid kit with you to deal with any minor slips, trips and cuts. In the event of an emergency, call 999 and inform your support crew of the situation. Support crew should then advise the event organisers.
Question: How do I communicate with the team?
Answer: You should check into each checkpoint as a team and we advise, for safety, that you walk together as much as possible and never on your own. General communication en route will be via your mobile telephone. All teams and drivers must carry these and supply the event organisers with numbers. Marshals at each checkpoint will be in communication with each other and will have updates on the status of walkers and teams and have access to satellite phone communications.
Question: Does the event supply food, and cater for special dietary requirements?
Answer: The only food we will provide you is at the breakfast stop. Advise the organisers, in advance, of any dietary requirements.
Question: Are there toilets at every checkpoint?
Answer: There are toilets at the start, Newmarket Inn, Southease (breakfast stop), Alfriston (public WC in middle of village), Seven Sisters (public WC), Birling Gap (public WC) and at the finish (public WC)
Question: How do we get back to the start if we have left cars there?
Answer: There is no overnight parking available at The Devil’s Dyke pub. Action Medical Research will not be providing any transport from the finish.
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?
Answer: Start point is at: Devils Dyke Pub, Devils Dyke, Dyke Road, Poynings, Brighton BN1 8YJ Tel: 01273 857256. Parking – Pay and display parking and all cars to leave Devils Dyke by12.15am. Finish point is: Beachy Head Pub, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN20 7YA. Parking available at Beachy Head
Question: What maps will we need? And do I need to be an expert map reader?
Answer: Route information: The South Downs Way, OS Explorer maps OL11 and OL25. It will help if a team member understands how to read a map and a compass. However the route is way-marked.
Question: What are the timings and dates?
Answer: Date - Saturday 14 July into Sunday 15 July 2018. Registration is 9.30pm–11.00pm. A full briefing is held at 11.45pm – all must attend. Midnight - Trek starts. Duration 12–17 hours.
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