Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01588 676060 or post on our Facebook page and we will get back to you.
- When is the event?
It will take place over the weekend of the 17th/ 18th March 2018.
- Where does it start and finish?
The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for the event.
- What time does it start?
The event starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course
- How do I get there?
Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester. The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
- What level of fitness do I need to have?
This is not a beginners’ event. Walking 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark.
- Do I need any specialist equipment?
All participants will be sent a mandatory kit list, but you don’t need any specialist mountain equipment, but you must carry all the usual equipment you would take for a day’s walking. Remember that conditions in March can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures.
- How much does it cost?
The cost of entry is £40.00
- Do I get my money back if I cancel?
Up to 1st February 2018, a refund can be issued minus a £5 handling fee. Any cancellation after this date will not be refundable.
- What does this include?
The cost includes food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course and breakfast at the finish. Also professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event.
- How do I enter?
There are three ways to pay. Either telephone the Discovery Centre on 01588 676060 and pay by card, or send a cheque to Grow Cook Learn, Shropshire Hills Discovery centre, School Road, Craven Arms, SY7 9RS or you can call in and pay in person.
- What maps do I need for this event?
You will need to carry a detailed (1:25000 or 1:50000) map with you the sheets you will need are Explorer 217 Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge, Explorer 216 Montgomery and Explorer 201 Knighton and Presteigne. If you want to order your own OS select, the coordinates for the four corners are Top Right 480 000; Top left 250 000; Bottom Right 480 790; Bottom Left 250 790
- I see that the route crosses the Welsh border. Will I need a passport to enter?
Yes, along with a piece of photo id. Post Brexit, you will also need a letter of permission signed by the queen.
- Was the previous point a joke?
Yes, it was to make sure that you are still paying attention.
- Will there be a tracker so that friends and family can follow my progress?
Yes, we hope to offer this facility, although it will not be included in the entry price. We will inform entrants when this service is available
- What food will there be along the route?
There will be four feeding stations along the way (as well as other drink and first aid points) and food at the finish. We aim to offer you a variety of local produce for which this area is famous, and which Grow Cook Learn, the charity behind the Discovery Centre, aims to promote. All dietary needs will be catered for and we promise great tasting food. You will need to carry additional food of your own if you feel that our food offer is not enough for you. It is not an eat all you can buffet!
- What is the route?
I will send all entrants a list of grid references for all the checkpoints, as well as self-clip points, which must be visited in order. There will be an obviously route between checkpoints as it follows the Shropshire Way for the most part. You may not take shortcuts or trespass onto private land
- Is there a list of rules?
Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
- Do we have to be grouped up at night?
No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
- Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike?
Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and bed down in our luxury classroom.
- Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event?
Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
- I have a disability. Can I enter?
Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people. If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may nee to make to accommodate you.