"Train, train and train. Look at the route in detail and try, if you can, to get out onto the Downs and walk as much of the route as possible before the event."
Francesca, The Walking Deads
"Do at least one 60km group training session, partly at night, at least one month before. This distance is long enough to give you a taste of what you may experience, while giving you enough recovery time to try and resolve those problems before the event."
Charlie, Adder Ladder
"Prepare for blisters! Really put your socks and footwear through the mill to see if they rub at all because even if they feel OK in shorter training sessions, it might not feel the same after 8 hours walking!"
Neil, Eager Eagles
"Train together with your team as often as possible. We weren't able to get many walks in together and there were two distinct speed factions in our team."
Trailwalker Team 2013
"The support around the course is second to none. The Gurkhas and the volunteers provide much needed motivation at each checkpoint. They are awesome"
Yorkies go Walkies
"Support crew are as important as you're team mates - they really do help get you to the finish, don't under-estimate their importance!"