When does the event take place? Back to top
The challenge takes place between Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2013.
Your exact start time will be confirmed by the event organisers 5 weeks prior to the event.
Where does the event take place?Back to top
The event starts in Manchester and takes you through the stunning yet challenging landscape of the Peak District, to either Penistone (50km finish) or Sheffield (100km finish).
How do I apply for a place?Back to top
Entries are now closed for 2013, please check back soon for 2014 details.
You can apply as an individual or as a team. Please note you will need to pay the relevant registration fee (below) by debit/credit card when you apply.
100km challenge = £85
50km challenge = £60
Upon completing your registration, we'll be in touch to welcome you to the team and provide you with your digital fundraising pack.
How much money do I have to raise? Back to top
By signing up to the challenge you are committing to fundraise a minimum sponsorship for Macmillan of either £275 if you are signing up to a 50km challenge or £400 for the 100km challenge.
50% of your minimum sponsorship (£137.50 or £200) should be received by Macmillan by 10 May 2013. The remaining balance will be due to be paid no later than four 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 Trans-Pennine 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.
- Pre-event resource via online Participant Area (login details provided upon registration)
- On-event walker pack - including maps, participant tracking/timing, hi vis vest, energy products
- Hot meals at 50, 75, and 100km (your own packed lunch at 25km)
- Energy snack stops every 12.5km
- Full support team including pace walkers, marshals, medics, doctors, professional event managers
- Physiotherapists at 50km and 75km
- Support vehicles
- Family, friends, supporters welcome at check points and finish
- Baggage service for runners at 50km Shuttle service for retirees from 50km onwards
- Shuttle service at finish to nearest train station
- Finishers pack - including medal and T-shirt
- 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 e-newsletters with tips to help you prepare for the big day. And if that isn't enough, we'll be there on the day providing the best support on the course, along with well-deserved congratulations at the finish.
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 Trans-Pennine Challenge 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 (at an additional cost payable on the day) from the start to the half way point (Penistone at 50km), and to the 100km finish at Sheffield. This will be for a single piece of baggage, not exceeding 75l/20kg. Participants who retire from the challenge will be responsible for claiming their baggage at their finish line.
Runners will have an extra baggage service, where you will be able to access your bags at the half-way mid point, should you not wish to run with your bags.
How old do I need to be?Back to top
You must be 16 years or over on the date of the event (22 June 2013) to enter the Challenge.
What about food and nutrition?Back to top
Approximately every 12km or so there are manned checkpoints and replenishment stops with water, tea, coffee, soup, juices, and snacks.
Hot meals are served by our specialist catering team at the approx 50km, 75km, and 100km stops. You should bring a packed lunch for the first 25km major stop.
At the finish there will be a celebratory brunch available to all participants (supporters are welcome but will be charged a fee).
What happens if I can no longer take part? Back to top
If you or one of your team mates withdraw on medical grounds you will receive a full refund from Action Challenge of any registration fee paid (on supply of a medical certificate).
How do we find our way along the route?Back to top
Each stage of the challenge will also have it‘s own map which includes rest stops and route hazards. The route will be clearly signed with pink directional arrows with night time stages supplemented with reflective tape and glow sticks.
What happens if I get lost during the night stages?Back to top
Prior to the challenge you will be sent an event pack - with a detailed kit and equipment list. You'll also be required to bring a head torch, reflective garments and a whistle for the night stages. As the night stages will be heavily supported by Action Challenge’s team of walkers you'll not be on the course by yourself. They will also be tracking every walker at each check point with electronic tagging. It will be compulsory for you to carry a charged mobile phone and there will be an emergency contact number and contact procedure in the unlikely event that you do get lost.
What is the terrain of the route like?Back to top
The Trans Pennine Challenge mainly takes place on bridal paths however there is an urban element to the challenge when in the two cities of Manchester and Sheffield. Generally though, the route is largely spacious and flat, as well as being mainly traffic free.
What happens if I or someone in my team has to pull out of the challenge along the route?Back to top
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 you with another group or the groups of 'individual' walkers who will be taking part.
How do I get to the start and from the finish? Back to top
There is full information about transport links at the start and finish, along with approximate start times issued once you have signed up to the challenge. The event starting point will be in Didsbury, South Manchester. The 50km finish point (and half way mark) is at Penistone, and the 100km finish will be at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.
Around one month prior to the challenge, exact start times and specific joining information details will be sent to you by Action Challenge as part of your departure pack.
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.