You will arrive at the start area on Friday from 4pm for registration where you will be given your race number and timing chip. From approximately 6pm hot food will be available. You can camp for free, or some prefer to find a local hotel or B&B. Later in the evening, after greetings from Oxfam, The Gurkha Welfare Trust and The Queens Gurkha Signals most retire to bed ready for the challenge in the morning.
The first walkers will wake up in time for a 6am start time and then each hour until 10am. A cooked breakfast is provided but some bring their own. Once the starts get going you will hear bagpipes and a claxon for each start time. This is a wonderful part of the challenge full of adrenaline, anticipation and excitement for the challenge ahead.
Once you have crossed the start line you have 9 checkpoints ahead of you where your support crew will meet you and provide everything you have asked of them, whether it's socks, Vaseline, hugs, complex carbohydrate or sweets. You will be greeted by Oxfam volunteers, support crews and the Queens Gurkha Signals. There will be massages at CP5 and 8 and hot food at CP 7. At each of the check points it is essential that you dib in with your timing chip.
Sunday and the finish line
By this point you will be tiring but you will have the support of everyone around you. As you reach the finish line you will be cheered in by The Queens Gurkha Signals' bagpipes and the crowds that have gathered. Once over the line you will be awarded your medal and will be able finally relax and have curry served by the Gurkhas. Friends and family can come and meet you, and your support crew will be there too who are equally deserving of a rest. We must stress that you should not drive tired. Have a designated driver or stay the night nearby if you can.
We can guarantee that whatever happens over your Trailwalker weekend it will not be forgotten. You will find the strength you never knew you had and you will be Trailwalker Strong.