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Training

We will do everything we can to help you and your team make it to the finish line. To get started check out the Trailwalker guides (please note these are the 2016 guides, these will be updated as soon as possible however a lot of the core information will stay the same):

Map and event guide
Support crew guide
Training guide

Training

We have to stress that you must train for Trailwalker. You need to prepare yourself both physically and mentally for this huge challenge. Whether you are a seasoned walker or a first-timer, the advice you will receive from all past participants is to 'train, train, train!'

Over the coming months we will do our best to prepare you for the challenge ahead however, in the mean time here are our top tips:

  • Recruit a team that you know and like - 30 hours is a long time.
  • Plan your training sessions in advance - get them in the diary.
  • Train with your team as much a possible - you need to know how they react to physical and mental fatigue.
  • Get well-fitted footwear - our partner Cotswold Outdoor do this for free.
  • Train on hills - Trailwalker is the equivalent ascent to Snowdon and Ben Nevis.
  • Train on different terrains - this will help prepare for the route.
  • Go out in all weather - test your kit in the rain.
  • Train on the route - this will help you mentally prepare.

Train with your team – you need to know how your teammates react to physical and mental tiredness.

Ensure your footwear fit properly and train in them.

Train on the route so you know what to expect.

Train at night – you need to know how your body reacts to walking tired and in darkness.

Plan your food – find out what works best for you.

Get to know the route so you know what to expect.

Meet the teams

Team Fopps

Team Fopps crossing the finish line

'Trailwalker was challenging, painful and tiring. The literature we were given also said it would be life changing and to begin with I was disappointed not to feel this. Then the penny dropped - never, ever again will I take what I have for granted. Our suffering and endurance was for only 30 hours, after which we returned to our nice, safe homes where we can just go to the tap to get water, to the fridge, cupboard or shop for food, wear our comfortable clothes and sleep in our comfortable beds. I wish everyone was able to say the same. Thank you Trailwalker.'

Team Northern Lights

Team Northern Lights struggling up a hill

'Wonderful, brutal event. Walking up to the finish line with my teammates, sun rising, the cheering crowd and bagpipes playing us in is a memory to cherish forever. Thank you so much to all the men and women who made this challenge possible. Great work all!'

Are you a Trailwalker legend?

Starting in 2016, we now honour Trailwalker Legends - people who have participated in 3 or more Trailwalkers.

All legends will receive a specially designed buff which can be worn in a variety of ways and is brightly coloured so Legends can be easily spotted on the course.

Oxfam Trailwalkers who are taking on their third Trailwalker or more will be given a blue buff, people who will be taking on their fifth or more will be wearing an orange buff and those who have completed 10 or more Trailwalkers will be seen in a red buff.

We hope all legends wear their buff with pride to show everyone how far they have walked to support Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Meet Pete and his team of legends ...

Team Turn Around Kids

'The three turnaround kids teams have now completed this event for the last ten years, including a number or newly "buffed" legends... Every year the organisation and support just keeps getting better so thank you to the Gurkhas, Oxfam staff and volunteers and everyone else that makes this such a tremendous event.'