5. Training and Route

  1. Training
  2. The Route
  1. Training

    How much?

    Your full 16 week training plan will be sent out with your Walker Pack for Thames Path Challenge. 

    The training for this challenge is very intense and time consuming. To give you an idea you will be required to train 6 days a week and we recommend the longest walks you will have to do is a 35 mile walk (if taking on the 100km challenge). The total amount of miles you will have to cover while training is over 580 miles. As well as getting lots of miles under your belt, the guide includes lots of back to back walking to get your body used to these types of distances. We also recommend to include other types of exercise to get your overall fitness to a new level.

    60% of the Thames Path Challenge route is off road, following footpaths, trails and bridleways, so mix up your routes and distances. Make sure you also train in all weathers, to check not only your kit is waterproof but to also experience walking through muddy and mixed terrain underfoot.

    To complete the 100km or 50km Challenge throughout your Training you should be aiming for 14 - 15 minute miles to ensure that your level of fitness and walking pace and strength is at a peak level to take on this tough Challenge. By aiming for this pace you should be able to complete the 100km in approximately 18 – 28 hours and the 50km is 9 - 12 hours. This takes into account terrain and also your breaks and rest points, which are really important on this type of challenge.

     

    Plan Afor those new to endurance Walking/intermediate level 

    You should be able to walk 3 miles at a constant pace of 18 – 20 minute miles, by following the first few weeks of the Training Plan below, you will have a great fitness base for the start of your training for the challenge ahead.

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    Please remember the talk test... you should always feel your heart rate increase, but still be able to have a conversation with your walking pal. If this feels uncomfortable please stop and consult your doctor.

    Plan B – for those at a more advanced/experienced level 

    You should be able to walk 4 miles at a constant pace of 15 – 18  minute miles, by following the first few weeks of the Training Plan below, you will have a great fitness base for the start of your training for the challenge ahead.

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  2. The Route

    The Route

    From the busy streets of Fulham to the beautiful Berkshire countryside you will follow a famous National trail; the Thames Path... this challenge is amazing! The route is over varied terrain, on and off road and is in the majority a quiet route. Watching the sunrise and set over the water is a fabulous site - with lots of wildlife, stunning riverside houses, locks and boats! Plenty of passers-by to cheer you on over the miles. The challenge will require determination, but we know that you can do it! 

    The route will be fully signposted and GPS files will also be made available via the Thames Path Challenge website; all participants will be given a route map at the start of the challenge. The night stages will be lit with reflective signage and glow sticks; a head torch is compulsory for this section… don't forget to bring spare batteries!

    Rest stops

    The route will be divided into 4 stages and every 25km (approximately) there is a 'Rest Stop', where there will be plenty of snacks, food and hot and cold drinks, medics, toilets and checking-in. There are ‘Mid-Point’ stops between each of the main rest stops every 12.5km, serving more snacks and drinks; all stops have ample toilet facilities. Hot food will be served at 50km and the 100km finish line.

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