Intermediate Alps

Chamonix is a must visit for any trail runner. It sits at the foot of the majestic snow covered peak of Mt Blanc which towers over the town, standing 4810m tall. Chamonix hosts the world famous UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc) race and is a mecca for professional trail running athletes and the buzz of the town and the beauty of the trails provide an inspiring backdrop to this Intermediate Alps trip, a follow up to our Introduction to the Alps weekend. On this holiday we provide a 2 full day running adventure break aimed at those looking to build on their experience and ability of running in the mountains. Being out on the trails for most of the day provides us with more time to explore some of the higher trails that sit above the Chamonix valley, all of which offer stunning views and great balcony routes. It also means we can go further away from Chamonix centre to explore other trails and maximise your time in the valley. Our local, experienced, trail running guides will lead the group as a team along these trails. Along the way your guide will also look at some of the trail techniques such as mastering the uphills and downhills that will make you a more proficient trail runner and also provide lots of interesting information about this incredibly diverse mountain environment. Each of our guides are experienced at trail running, both in racing, often placing highly in local and world trail events, as well as solo adventures, so it's an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get some inside tips on how to succeed at trail running in the mountains. It's impossible not to be inspired running along trails offering such breath taking views of Mt Blanc as well as the Aiguilles (needles)! You will be out on the trail for around 6 hours each day, including a stop for lunch. Since we want you to enjoy the best that Chamonix has to offer, you will be staying in a 4* spa hotel with access to a pool and other amenities so you can unwind and enjoy the views whilst receiving a well earnt rest. On the Friday evening we will meet up for dinner with your guide as well as some of the Run the Wild Team and enjoy a meal together in a reputable restaurant in Chamonix. As with all Run the Wild holidays, all you need to do is turn up and run - we will take care of the rest!

Spectacular view from the Intermediate Alps charity walk
Cost:€590
Event Time:08:00 pm
Event Date:18 September 2020
Event Distance:20 Miles
Event Location: chamonix, Route de Courmayeur, 74400

Walking Challenges UK

Charity Walk | Training | Gear | Top Walking Events


What is a Walking challenge?

A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause

Walking in the mountains

 


 

Charity Walks

Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.


 

Training and Preparation

Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.

Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.

You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.

Mix it up

Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.

Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.

 


 

Food for thought

People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.


 

Get the right Gear

Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.

A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.

You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.

Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!


 

Top Walking Challenges in the UK

We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.

Find out more about the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challange

 


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