We are here to help your team every step of the way, with all the materials you'll need for training and fundraising.

Our Welcome Guide is a great place to start. We're working on the 2015 version at the moment, but the 2014 version still has plenty of relevant information.

Download our Welcome Guide 

Training tips

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 Dales 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.

Download the 2014 Trailtrekker training plan (PDF, 378KB)

Fundraising tips

Fundraising is as important as training when it comes to Trailtrekker. As well as taking on a huge personal challenge, you and your team will be making a big difference to people's lives around the world.

Most Trailtrekker teams smash their fundraising targets, and surprise themselves with how much they raise. Initially the task may feel daunting, but with four of you in the team, you only need to raise £375 each to hit the minimum target. Here are some tips to get you on your way:

1. Start early

Take on your fundraising like your training and get going early. Year after year, teams say that the earlier they got started, the easier it was to reach their target. 

2. Make a plan

Breaking down the target between your team and planning in fundraising events makes the end goal even more achievable. 

3. Fundraise online

Over 60% of teams last year used online giving pages. Set up a JustGiving page and people can sponsor you online there and then, so you don't have to ask them again, or chase for sponsorship after the event. Set up your Trailtrekker JustGiving page now.

We have written a short guide explaining how to correctly set up your individual and team JustGiving pages. View the PDF below.

How to set up your JustGiving pages

4. Tell everyone

Not everyone will know or understand the scale of the challenge you're taking on. Tell them and keep them updated: in person, on email, on Facebook or Twitter, and on your email signature. 

5. Gift Aid

Ask your sponsors to Gift Aid their donation and they could add 25p to every £1, which really adds up. And don't forget to send in your sponsor forms so we can claim Gift Aid.

6. Thank people

Thanking people publicly on Facebook or Twitter is a great way to show your appreciation. It'll also remind others to sponsor you too.

7. Put on an event

Events are a great way to boost your sponsorship. Check out our fundraising guide.

8. Match funding

Does your company offer a match funding scheme for charities? Speak to your HR team to find out. Your company may be able to double the amount you raise.

Fundraising pledges

Start times

Start times have now been allocated. Find your team name and your corresponding start time here. Please note, start times have been allocated based on your team level and preferred time, provided by your team leader when they first registered your team.

Start times

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