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.