Crispin Hughes

We believe that with the right training, preparation and mental determination, anyone can take on Trailwalker.

Each year we're blown away by the teams who take on the challenge and push themselves further than they ever thought they could go. Trailwalker is tough, and you'll need to train beforehand, but we'll support you every step of the way with training guides, tips and expert advice. 

Training guides and resources

Training guides and resources

This could be the first time you have ever taken on this kind of challenge, or you might already be an accomplished ultra marathon runner. Whatever your fitness level, you'll need to do some training to be prepared for Trailwalker.

We provide all teams with training guides. These are flexible and designed to suit your schedule; we understand that a lot of you work full-time and have limited spare time.  

We have training plans for a variety of levels. These plans provide expert advice and motivation on how to achieve your team's goal - whether it's to make it over the finish line within the 30 hours, or to run the challenge in a specific time.

The 2014 training resources are now available in the team resources area.


Aubrey Wade

A few tips to get you started

1. Train with your team

Training should be fun! You'll find that you enjoy yourself more and are better motivated when you have your team around you. You could arrange training walks that end at a pub where you can celebrate your progress. Invite your Support Crew along, too. It's good experience for them to know what you're going through and to understand how they will be helping you on the day.

By training together you'll find a pace that works for your team and you'll learn how to best support each other, meaning you're well prepared for the event.

2. Increase distances steadily

You should plan to train regularly but steadily - it's important to pace yourself. Picking up an injury during training can be a frustrating setback, and it's something that is often avoidable. Remember the 10% rule: don't increase your activity by more than 10% each week. This will ensure that you are building up your fitness gradually, avoiding exhaustion and potential injuries.

3. Get to know the course

We recommend that you try and schedule some training walks on the route, particularly the sections you'll be walking at night.  It will help you to brush up on your navigation skills, and familiarity with the course will be a reassurance on the day - you'll have an idea of what to expect.

Of course, not all teams will be able to make it to the South Downs before the event itself. In these cases we advise training on similar terrain - e.g. off road, on hills and uneven ground etc.

4. Wear in your kit, try different snacks

Do you prefer walking boots or trainers? Do you feel the benefit of walking poles when going up and down hills? Do you prefer sweet or savoury snacks to keep you going? The only way you'll find out the answers to these questions is by training - it's all about finding out what works for you.

The one thing we do stress is not to try anything new on event day. Stick to tried and tested kit, food and drinks that have worked for you during your training walks.

Cotswold Outdoor offer

To help kit you out with the right gear, Cotswold Outdoor are offering participants and support crew 15% off* clothing and equipment.

Participants and support crew can enjoy 15% off* clothing and equipment at Cotswold Outdoor, as well as free in store boot and rucksack fittings services to help the kilometers pass by as efficiently and as comfortably as possible.

* Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. Only valid on production of a participant or support crew confirmation email or letter or discount code online. Discount codes will be distributed through participant and support crew emails. Offer expires 31 August 2014.

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