Moontrose Night Walk
Cancer Research UK's first mOOntrose night walk raised the wonderful amount of £38691.31. Well done and thank you to everyone who helped make this such a success. mOOntrose 2016 will be on 30th April, 2016 and walkers will soon be able to sign up via the Cancer Research Site. The walk begins at 10pm from the Park Hotel. The walk is a 10 kilometre route with the option of completing 5k instead. Both distances start and finish at the Park Hotel.
Walking Challenges UK
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
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.
Charity Walk Course
The walk begins at 10pm from the Park Hotel.
The walk is a 10 Kilometre route with the option of completing 5k instead.
Booking your place costs £10. This is the same for 10k and 5k. Along with entry to the event you will receive a T-shirt.
Raising sponsorship is encouraged through Just Giving. Create a Moontrose JustGiving page now.
The route is roughly a figure 8 around the streets of Montrose. Both distances start and finish at the Park Hotel. See the route map.
Toilets are available at the Park Hotel, Montrose. Participants are responsible for their own personal items and are encouraged to leave valuables at home.
Please be prepared for any weather! Tracksuit bottoms are more suitable than jeans in wet weather. Please ensure you also have comfortable footwear as 10k and 5k can feel a lot longer when the blisters start to appear!
Photographs will be taken during the Moontrose Night Walk which may be published and used for promotional purposes.
There will be a fun warm up session at approx. 9.40pm. Participants will go to the start at around 9.55pm, where there will be a brief talk.
If you are taking part with a group of friends or colleagues please take care to ensure that lone walkers are included in your group. This is not only in the interests of health and safety but also supports the spirit of the whole event.
The Marshalls are not allowed to stop any traffic to allow you to cross. Therefore, please follow the Marshalls’ instructions and they will assist you in crossing the road when it is safe to do so and guide you along the correct path. Please keep on the pavements and where traffic lights and islands are the designated crossing points; please use these to ensure maximum safety.
If you feel unable to complete the Moontrose Night Walk at any stage one of the Marshalls shall arrange transport back to the Park Hotel. All participants will receive emergency contact cards on the night, in the event you require help or assistance and there is not a Marshall nearby.
Please ensure you stay hydrated and leave no litter along the route.
Drinks will be available on your return to the Park Hotel.