FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How much does it cost to sign up?
2. How much do I have to fundraise?
3. Once signed up, how do I start my fundraising and set up my fundraising page?
4. Does my minimum sponsorship include Gift Aid?
5. What happens if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship money?
6. Who should I speak to regarding fundraising and my sponsorship pack?
7. I would like to fundraise for a charity who aren’t on the list or web site?
8. What's included?
9. How much will I need to train?
10. What do I carry?
11. What about food and nutrition?
12. How tough is the challenge?
13. How do we find our way along the route?
14. What is the terrain of the route like?
15. What happens if I or someone in my team has to pull out of the challenge along the route?
16. Can I bring my dog on the challenge?
17. If I sign up to 25 km / 50 km can I have the option to continue on to the full 50 km / 100 km challenge?
19. How do I get to the start and from the finish?
20. I am signing up as an individual – how can I meet other people on the challenge?
21. How old do I need to be?
24. Can we join the challenge without fundraising for charity?
25. Can I cancel my place on the challenge?
 
How much does it cost to sign up?

100 KM - Registration Fee (non-refundable):

£85 per person

Fundraising Target:
£375 per person

50KM - Registration Fee (non-refundable):
£60 per person

Fundraising Target:
£250 per person

25KM - Registration Free (non-refundable):
£30 per person

Fundraising Target:
£145 per person

 
Fundraising Target is a commitment from you to raise a minimum sponsorship for your nominated charity of which 50% is due to be paid 6 weeks prior to the challenge on the 1st August 2014. The remaining fundraising and any excess is due to be paid to your charity no later than 4 weeks after the challenge. Your charity pays a fee of between £99-£75 (100 km) / £75 - £55 (50 km) & £35 for the 25 km (depending on their recruitment levels) to the event organiser (Action Challenge) for services associated with marketing and organising the event.


How much do I have to fundraise?
By signing up to the challenge you're committing to fundraising a minimum sponsorship for your chosen charity, for one of the following:

25KM: £145 fundraising
50KM: £250 fundraising
100KM: £375 fundraising

50% of the minimum sponsorship (£72.50, £125 or £187.50) is due to be paid to your charity by 1st August (6 weeks prior) to confirm your place on the event. After receiving this money the charity will then be invoiced for your place on the challenge.

The remaining balance will be due to be paid no later than 4 weeks after the challenge but ideally before the challenge. 


Once signed up, how do I start my fundraising and set up my fundraising page?
Once you have signed up to the challenge, and chosen your charity, you will be directed to set up a Just Giving or Virgin Money page where you can instantly start collecting sponsorship and spreading the word to friends, family and colleagues about your challenge!

Does my minimum sponsorship include Gift Aid?
No, the minimum sponsorship does not include Gift Aid, however your supporters can opt for Gift Aid when donating on your sponsorship page. 

What happens if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship money?
The Thames Path Challenge is a fundraising event for charity  - and therefore by signing up you are committing to fundraise the minimum sponsorship for your chosen charity, and failure to meet the initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the challenge. However this will need to be broached with your charity, and will be on a case by case basis. The event is tough - but in many respects that makes it a bit easier to find willing sponsors!

Who should I speak to regarding fundraising and my sponsorship pack?
Once you have signed up to the challenge your charity will send out a fundraising pack - if you still haven't received this 2 weeks after signing up to the challenge please contact your charity. You will receive a confirmation place on the challenge once you have signed up to the event which will include the contact details for your charity. 

I would like to fundraise for a charity who aren’t on the list or web site?
If you would like to fundraise for a charity who aren't listed on the website, then just fill out the charity name when registering and we'll contact them! We do ask if they are a local charity that you pre-warn them about the challenge and that we will be in contact. Your charity pays a fee of between £35 - £99 (depending on their recruitment levels and the event you sign up for) to the event organiser (Action Challenge), for services associated with marketing and organising the event and this will be explained to them prior to them officially joining the challenge. 

What's included?
- Pre-event resource via online Participant Area
- On-event walker pack - including maps, participant tracking/timing, safety materials
Hot meals at major rest stops ( 50 km / 100 km challengers - bring your own food for 1st 25 km stop):
    • 100 km Challengers - FREE hot meals at 50 km, 75 km & 100 km finish
    • 50 km - 50 km finish (bring your own lunch at 25km)
    • 25 km - 25 km finish (bring your own lunch at 12.5km)
- FREE hot meal at the end of your challenge
- Pace walkers, marshals, medics, and event doctor
- Checkpoints/replenishment stops every 12.5 km or with snacks
- Finishers pack - including medal

Click here to read through the full inclusions! 


How much will I need to train?
The Thames Path Challenge is a tough event and training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigours of the event.
It is very important for all competitors to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance, and provide the ability to recover between stages during the challenge. You will have access to an event specific training guide to aid with your training and preparation.

If you're looking to run the the challenge, the following links could be valuable resources for your preparation:



What do I carry?
You are responsible for your personal items and kit on the event - and an equipment and clothing list will be available to download from the Participants Area. Some items are essential/compulsory, others recommended.
 
You will need a daypack (c30l) to carry the recommended personal items throughout the event including wet weather gear, warm clothing, water, snacks, sun protection, personal first aid kit, and personal items.



What about food and nutrition?
Approximately every 12.5 km or so there are manned checkpoints and replenishment stops with water, tea, coffee, soup, juices, and snacks.

FREE hot meals at major rest stops (50 km / 100 km challengers - bring your own food for 1st 25 km stop):
    • 100 km Challengers - FREE hot meals at 50 km, 75 km & 100 km finish
    • 50 km - 50 km finish (bring your own lunch at 25km)
    • 25 km - 25 km finish (bring your own lunch at 12.5km)


How tough is the challenge?
There's no denying it - the Thames Path Challenge distances are tough by anyone's standards. But with the right preparation and training you will be able to achieve your goal no matter what!
 
You will need to prepare - and should read the training advice issued carefully. The more experience you have walking long distances for sustained periods the more confident and prepared you will be on the challenge.
 
For the 100 km you should also practice walking at night at similar times to those projected on the schedule - to get your body accustomed and used to the sensation of working when it's normally sleeping and recovering!
 
A 4-month training plan will be issued in spring 2014 to assist in your preparation for the event!


How do we find our way along the route?
Each stage of the challenge will have its own map which includes the rest stops and route hazards. The route will be clearly signed with pink directional arrows and during the night time stages supplemented with reflective tape and glow sticks. The Thames Path is well sign posted anyway and with our maps it is difficult to get lost!

What is the terrain of the route like?
The Thames Path National Trail is generally a flat route as it follows the river - across bridges, and along paths mainly concrete and trails. 

What happens if I or someone in my team has to pull out of the challenge along the route?
If you unfortunately have to drop out of the challenge, you will need to do so at the nearest check-point if possible, where you will need to alert the event organisers who will 'log' you out of the event. If you are part of a team,  the remaining team members will be welcome to continue on the challenge, and if there is only one team member left - they will join up with another group or the group of 'individual' walkers who will be taking part.

Can I bring my dog on the challenge?
No - unfortunately we do not allow dogs to take part in the challenge as we cannot cater for them along the route and can be difficult to manage on the challenge. We do however think dogs make great training companions! 

If I sign up to 25 km / 50 km can I have the option to continue on to the full 50 km / 100 km challenge?
You will only be able to upgrade from the 25 km /50 km to the 50 km/100 km challenge prior to the event at an extra charge and you will then need to commit to the 50 km / 100 km fundraising target. 

How do I get to the start and from the finish?
Within the Participant Area full information about transport links at the start and finish and approximate start times for the challenge will be published. Then about 1 month prior to the challenge exact start times and specific joining information details will be sent to you. We will have a free shuttle bus services from the finish of the event. 

I am signing up as an individual – how can I meet other people on the challenge?
Once you have signed up to the challenge you will be invited to join our Thames Path Challenge Facebook group whereby we encourage individuals and teams of people to meet, converse and organise training walks.  If you then want to - you can arrange to walk on the challenge with the people that you have met.

How old do I need to be?
You must be 12 years or over on the date of the event (13 September 2014) to enter onto the 25km Thames Path Challenge. 14 to take part in the 50 km and 16 to take on the 100 km. 
 


Can we join the challenge without fundraising for charity?
No - the Thames Path Challenge is a fundraising charity challenge and by signing up you are committing to fundraise for a charity of your choice. 



Can I cancel my place on the challenge?
If you or one of your team mates needs to cancel from the challenge, you will only receive a full refund of any registration fee if on medical grounds and on supply of a medical certificate as detailed above. Also it will be between you and your chosen charity to deal with the refund of any sponsorship or fundraising monies if appropriate.

 

 






 


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