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Best Time of Year: Year Round
North Downs Way 40 Enduro
40 miles of fast, good terrain off road predominantly will take you from Rochester all the way to Lyminge which is virtually in Folkestone on the South Coast. This is a perfect step up for a marathon runner / keen walker who wants something to challenge themselves.
Starting early on event morning, we shall give you and your partner a safety briefing, and a route card, and scrutineer your equipment, before setting you off on the North Downs Way. You will need headtorch as you are not likely to finish (unless you are a good ultra distance runner) until late in the day after dark (time of year dependent). We'll assemble at the end of the event, at a pub, where we shall arrange return transport for the weary travellers. NOTE THIS EVENT MUST BE RUN AS A PAIR… Hence you may either enter as a pair, or we will pair you up with a participant who should be of a similar standard. NOTE; this event is designed to be a combined run / speedwalk.
Meet Rochester - 07:00
Breakfast and Briefing - 07:30 ; First Starters Leave
Trek Along the Well waymarked Trail down through First finishers - At Approx 16:00
Latest Finish -19:30
What is a Level 4.0 Running Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter rough and steep terrain, sleep deprivation – ie very long days, or even high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you well past the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - and you will need to be more resilient - variable weather conditions, simple food and maybe camping – these factors forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! A level 4 challenge would involve a very long day (in excess of 28 miles) or some serious hill climbing (multiple peaks in one day) - or possibly both!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Running Challenge’?
To participate in these events you need to be in very good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You may well partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, or circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miling). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 17-19 miles in the English lowland countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
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Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Pre Event Buffet Breakfast Event Marshalling Route Cards Safety Vehicle Back Up
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from the event
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Expect everything from sunshine to a full blown blizzard or thick fog and heavy rain.
At this time of year anything is possible… so be prepared!
Your equipment should be lightweight—whilst not forgetting that you need to be prepared for the worst. We shall scrutineer your equipment. If in doubt please ask. You must be equipped to deal with winter conditions, and being in the outdoors for up to 14 hours.
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