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Trailwalker 2018 event has been cancelled

With deep regret, the decision has been made to cancel this year's Trailwalker event due to adverse weather conditions. This decision has been reached in agreement with all event partners: the Queen's Gurkha Signals, Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Every year, the Army uses its experience in military training and climatic injuries to assess weather and event conditions ahead of the Trailwalker event.

As you will be aware, temperatures have been exceptionally high throughout the UK over the past weeks. The Army have been seeking advice from MoD sources, in addition to sending military personnel out on the course to measure weather readings and to determine whether conditions during Trailwalker will allow participants to participate in a safe environment.

Unfortunately, most recent weather readings show that heat conditions are set to rise above the threshold which is considered safe for event participation, and therefore it was decided this morning that we need to cancel the event.

We understand the huge disappointment which this announcement will cause teams who are set to take part in this year's challenge, both due to the extensive training that teams have committed over the past six months, and all the incredible funds you have raised already for both Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

The primary focus of this decision is the health and safety of teams. And we can only continue to run an event like Trailwalker if we ensure we are delivering an event which is both a great experience, and a safe one.

We have compiled a list of answers to questions that teams may have here and will do our best to answer any further questions you have as soon as we can.

Once again, we are hugely sorry that we have had to cancel this year's Trailwalker event. This is the first time we have had to cancel the event and it is very much the last decision we wanted to make. We hope you understand our reasons for doing so.

For all questions and enquiries please contact 0300 200 1244 or email events@oxfam.org.uk. We will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as we can. As we anticipate a high volume of teams contacting us, we are sorry if it takes a little while to get back to you. We will do the best we can.

From everyone in the Oxfam, The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Queen's Gurkha Signals Trailwalker Operation teams, we are truly sorry to not be able to run the event this year