When does the event take place? Back to top
The challenge takes place between Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014, starting from Richmond-Upon-Thames in South West London and finishing at Brighton Racecourse.
When you register you will be able to select your own preferred start time, Action challenge will then confirm your exact starting time three weeks prior to the event.
How do I apply for a place?Back to top
You can sign up online here. The registration fee for the 100km challenge is £85 (£70 before 1st October 2013) and £60 for the 56km, this is paid directly to the event organisers, Action Challenge, at the point of registration.
Upon completing your registration, you will receive a welcome email followed by a comprehensive fundraising pack from Macmillan.
How much money do I have to raise? Back to top
£375 for the 100km or £250 for the 56km challenge. 50% of the fundraising commitment is due to be paid 6 weeks prior to the challenge. The 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 11th April 2014. The remaining fundraising and any excess is due to be paid to your charity no later than 4 weeks after the challenge.
We will support you in this by providing you with a comprehensive fundraising guide and newsletters with lots of useful hints and tips.
What difference will my sponsorship make? Back to top
The London to Brighton Challenge is a major fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Your support will go a huge way to help people affected by cancer, for example:
- Every £100 spent on the Macmillan Benefits Helpline helps people affected by cancer to claim £2,691 in benefits to which they are entitled.
- £184 could fund a Macmillan nurse for one day.
- £350 could pay for a much-needed convalescent break for someone with cancer and their carer.
- £769 could fund a Macmillan social worker for a working week.
- Around £60,000 could help fund a new small Macmillan information and support centre.
- FREE food and drink - energy snack stops every 12.5km - sweets, cakes, fruits, savoury snacks, coffee / tea and much more
- FREE hot meals at 56km, 75km and a FREE celebratory brunch in Brighton!
- Event pack - hi-vis, energy products, + FREE COMMEMORATIVE NECK BUFF
- Full event support - marshals, support runners, supporting vehicles
- Fully signed route – arrows/ glow sticks, route map, GPS files
- Aerobic warm up at the start
- Manned Check points every 12.5km or so
- Supporters very welcome at 56km. Food and drink available for purchase
- Medics / doctors at every rest stop
- Shuttle service for retirees at rest stops from 56km onwards
- Massage facilities from 56km rest stop onwards, and at the finish
- Baggage drop off service for both of the 56km / and 100km stops
- A 2014 challenger medal and souvenir T-shirt
- Welcomed in by your friends, family and supporters – the more the merrier!
- Supporter food / and drink available for purchase
- Shuttle buses to Brighton Station
- Full support from Team Macmillan (see below).
What kind of support will Macmillan give me? Back to top
When you join Team Macmillan you will be supported throughout your entire event experience.
In addition to our initial fundraising pack, we'll send you regular newsletters with tips to help you prepare for the big day. And if that isn't enough, we will be there for you on the day and offer well-deserved congratulations at the end of the event.
There's no denying it - this is a tough challenge by anyone's standards. It will be physically and emotionally demanding. You will have to combat fatigue and tiring limbs as you battle through the challenge.
You will need to prepare but Action Challenge, the event organisers, will provide you with a 15 week training plan when you register to assist your preparation for the event. Please read the training advice carefully. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods the more comfortable and enjoyable you will be on the challenge.
What do I need to carry?Back to top
You are responsible for your personal items on the event. An equipment and clothing list will be available to download from the participants area on the London 2 Brighton website.
You will need a daypack (c30litres) 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.
You will be issued with a walker safety pack including maps.
There will be a baggage transfer service from the start in London to the finish line in Brighton for a single piece of baggage not exceeding 50litres/10kg. Participants who retire from the challenge will be responsible for claiming their baggage at the finish line.
How old do I need to be?Back to top
You must be 17 years or over on the date of the event (24 May 2014) to enter the London to Brighton Challenge.
What happens if I get injured? Back to top
If you are injured while training we recommend you contact your GP or a specialist sports injury clinic. They will be able to advise you if you are fit enough to take part. If you do need to withdraw you will need to notify the event organisers, Action Challenge, as soon as possible. Please also let Team Macmillan know that you will not be taking part.
If you get injured during the challenge, you will be supported by roaming medics and an experienced event crew who will be on-hand to help you out if needed.
If you have any further questions that aren't answered here, then get in touch with the Macmillan hiking team on 020 7840 7887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.