Is this challenge for me?

Absolutely! People from all walks of life take part in TrailFest – from elite runners to complete beginners. This is one of the great things about TrailFest, it’s open to everyone and gives you the opportunity to try something amazing and different! The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to support charities close to their hearts.

All of the TrailFest routes are way-marked, and route guides are given to each team or individual – although navigational and map reading skills are useful, they are not essential in order to complete TrailFest. The minimum age to take part is 18 years old, though 14 – 17 year olds can take part with a parent or guardian.

I’m interested – how do I sign up?

Register online today just click here. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis. We’ll send out all the relevant information to you in the lead up to the event, so be sure to check your email inbox regularly. Also your chosen charity will be in touch to discuss fundraising.

How fit do I need to be?

The TrailFest routes have been designed to be challenging but achievable as long as you and your team train beforehand. You will be running/ jogging for either 25 or 50 kilometres on foot – this is one hell of a challenge regardless of which distance you choose, but with the right training – and more importantly the right attitude – it IS achievable! A training plan is available via the participants’ log in area of the website.

Do I need specialist kit?

We will supply you with a kit list of what to bring with you once you register to take part, this is also available to download from the participant area on the TrailFest website. Apart from worn in trail running shoes and a waterproof top, you do not need any specialist kit.

What do I need to carry?

For safety reasons all participants will be required to carry the essential items as outlined on the kit list we provide.  We recommend a running waist pouch, ultra vest and a small back pack to carry these items.

Please note that even though the route is fully signposted you are required to carry on OS map as part of our safety procedures.

What’s Included?

Full event backup and support through Global Adventure Challenges; marshalled checkpoints providing complimentary snacks and refreshments; support vehicles; mountain leaders sweeping the pack; a hot meal at the end of the challenge for runners on all routes, a hot meal along the way for runners on the 50km route; finishers medal, massage. Camping for participants is now included.

TrailFesters will have access to the participants’ area of the website, where the following event information will be available:

  • Runner Guides
  • Kit Lists
  • Training information and guidelines
  • Route information
  • Information regarding transport links and how to get to/from The TrailFest Village

What’s not included?

Meals and drinks at The TrailFest Village the Friday evening prior to the event taking place and breakfast on the morning of the challenge.

Will there be food and drink available?

Food and drink is available to buy at The TrailFest Village throughout the weekend and there is a BBQ on the Friday night before the challenge. Water and snacks are available on the trail at checkpoints and there is a hot food stop half way for the 50 km runners only. All participants will receive a hot meal once they cross the finish line. Please note breakfast on the Saturday morning before the challenge gets underway is not included, you will have to pay for this separately.

We can cater for all dietary requirements providing we know in advance, just fill out the relevant section on your registration form.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately no dogs are permitted on the trek or at the TrailFest Village.

What support is there on the event?

TrailFest is a fully supported event. There will be a strong support team with professional Global Adventure Challenges leaders. marshals carrying First Aid kits will be situated along the route – there is also a First Aid point at the TrailFest village and various checkpoints on the challenge. All checkpoints are marshalled.

What happens if I get tired?

There are checkpoints on the route for you to rest at and there’s no problem taking more rest stops if you need them – but please be conscious of the time allowed to make it to checkpoints before they close, else you may be removed from the challenge for safety reasons.

If you need to pull out of the challenge you will need to do so at the nearest checkpoint and inform the checkpoint crew, they will arrange a transfer via a support vehicles back to the TrailFest Village.

Can I support any charity?

Yes, providing we receive the charity’s authorisation that they are happy for you to do so. TrailFest is an ‘Open Challenge’ which means each participant and team are free to support a UK registered charity of their choice.

How do I go about raising the sponsorship?

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email and details about when you can expect further information about your upcoming challenge. Your chosen charity will be notified and will be able to help you with fundraising hints and tips. They will also be able to provide you with sponsor forms and support throughout your fundraising.

Charity Partners

British Heart Foundation Institute of Cancer Research Dementia UK