The 100k London to Brighton 24 hour walk is a gruelling challenge. Along the way our walkers will undoubtedly face aching muscles, blisters and dips in team morale - all of which will be replaced by a massive feeling of acievement upon completion.
In preparation, here are some helpful tips and suggestions to guide your team across that finish line.
Firstly, don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of walking the 100k. Try to let your body get used to longer distances over a period of time. It may be useful to include some hill walking in your training program if you are not used to it, as you will be ascending and descending along the way.
We recommend you tackle the 100k as part of a team. Therefore, if possible, you should train as a team. Get out for a 10-15 mile cross-country walk that requires a certain degree of navigation or route following. Finish somewhere (perhaps a pub) where you can discuss the walk. What went well? How long did it take? If it was longer than expected then why? Was it due to fitness, terrain or navigation?
It’s very important to road test all your equipment in advance of the event, especially boots and socks. It’s a bad idea to have new or untested gear on the day of the event. Pack extra socks, a new pair every 25 miles will help with sore feet and help you feel refreshed.
When walking the 100k you should eat what you want and lots of it. Follow what your body tells you. For instance, just because you usually have tea without sugar doesn’t mean that you have to stick to that while walking the 100k. If you feel light-headed, then you may need some salt, make sure to add some to your food. Salt will also help you avoid getting cramp further down the line. Stock up on the carbohydrates and pick foods that are easy to digest. Nuts and dried fruit are easy to snack on while you walk.
Motivate yourself and your team – this is what gets you across the finish line Use your training walks to find ways of passing the time, especially when the going gets tough. Come up with some games to play, simple games like ‘I spy’ can be a welcome distraction and a source of conversation.
Finally, stay focused on how proud you will be when you and your team mates finish. Imagine the feeling of conquering the 100k, with all your hard work and training having paid off!
The 2014 100k London to Brighton challenge starts in Putney on Saturday 21 June 2014. The trek takes you along the Wandle Trail and the footpaths of Surrey and Sussex to a momentous finish 100 km away at Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean, Brighton. Sign up here!