What are the paths / terrain like on the walk? The route is mainly along well marked trails. There will some moderately steep hills / descents during your event. How fit should I be? The event suits people of average fitness and stamina, but we recommend you begin to train and prepare prior to the event in order for you to enjoy this challenge. The Platinum 26 mile walk will require a good level of fitness and the ability to keep moving for around 10-13 hours (with short breaks). A training guide will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration fee. Who can take part in the Surrey Three Peaks Challenge? The Surrey Three Peaks Challenge is open to people of all ages and abilities. Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. We request that there is at least one adult present for every two participants under 16. What support is available for this event? Advocate Events’ staff will meet you at the start / finish point and walk marshals will be en-route with First Aiders. We will provide telephone numbers to all participants prior to the event which will enable you to contact Advocate Events’ staff on the event. In the unlikely event of an emergency dial 999. How many people will I be walking with? This will depend on the number of walkers that sign up for the challenge. How high are the peaks? Holmbury Hill – 261 m Leith Hill – 292 m Box Hill - 224 m How long will it take to walk? Three Peaks Platinum - Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill, Box Hill and return to base - 26 Miles return, 10 -13 hours Three Peaks Gold - Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill, Box Hill and finish - 13 miles, 5-7 hours Twin Peaks - Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill - return to base - 7 miles return, - 2.5 to 4.5 hours The above timings are averages - we want you to enjoy your walk so feel free to take a little longer and enjoy the countryside. We have route information packs so you will be able to follow written instructions and a map. We strongly recommend you have your own maps. When will I receive a map and walk number? You will receive the route information pack by email a few days before the event. Once you complete your online registration form you will receive a training, kit and fundraising guide. Your walk number will be allocated when you register on the morning of the event. Do I need to train? We recommend that you do train for this event and that you wear suitable clothing and footwear. Once you register online you will receive a training and kit guide. What kit will I require? When you sign up we will send you our recommended kit list for this event. The main items you will need to bring with you are a comfortable pair of walking boots or trainers with ankle support. On the day of the event, you will need to carry your own personal kit for the day in a small rucksack which should include: your snacks, water, waterproofs and warm layers depending on the weather. Does everyone walk together? It is up to you what time you set off, some people like to have a cup of tea and a snack before they leave and others just want to get going. There is usually a steady stream of people walking the route as you will all be at different paces. Please note that the registration closes at 8.00am. We strongly advise that you walk with a Walk Leader for safety at road crossings and to avoid any tiring diversions! Whilst there will be roving marshals and limited signage on tricky junctions, it's really important that you follow your walking instructions as these provide a section by section description of your route, if unsure walk with one of our leaders!! If you decide not to walk with a Walk Leader you will be walking and crossing roads / following directions entirely at your own risk.You will be asked to check-in with our volunteer marshals at various points so that we know you are on track. What refreshments are available? Water We will have water stations at approximately 4 mile intervals. These are noted with W on your map and walk instructions. Please make sure you also bring your own water/energy drinks and snacks to tide you over until the water stations. Please take all bottles home with you or drop them into the rubbish bags provided in our vans / water stations. Snacks You will be able to purchase hot drinks at Holmbury Hall when it is open -7.30am - 8am. There is a kiosk at Leith Hill Tower – varied opening times Box Hill has a café – varied opening times Please make sure you bring plenty of food with you to keep you sustained over the course of the event!! Can we bring my dog/s? Yes, please do. All the paths are public and dog friendly. Dos must be kept on leads at all times and are the responsibility of their owner. The National Trust ask that dogs are on leads, if you are walking through any fields with animals in them. Where can I leaving my car at the start/finish? There is extremely limited parking available outside Holmbury Village Hall and marshals will be available to direct you to a space on a first come first served basis. There is a public right of way through the car park and this will need to be clear at all times. When the car park is full please park in the village. If you are unable to get a space in the car park please respect the needs of local people and visitors alike – for example, don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle. There is a pay and display National Trust car park at the top of Box Hill – approximately £4 (this is free to National Trust members). Please note that you will be leaving your car at your own risk in village of Holmbury St Mary Village Hall. We recommend that you do not leave any valuables in your car. We advise you are dropped off prior to the event and picked up at Box Hill later or car share. Should I bring my mobile phone? Yes! We will also have your mobile number from the registration form so that we are able to contact you on the day. What weather can I expect? As with any outdoor event, we are unable to predict the weather so each participant must be prepared for all eventualities. You will need to suitable clothes for the forecast on that day. Should there be adverse weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel or change the route for safety reasons. What is included in the cost of the event? Public and Employers liability insurance, Training, Kit and Fundraising guides, route information, marshals and water from water stations. What is not included? Transport to and from the event, drinks, snacks, your spending money and personal items from the kit list. When do I have to sign up by? Participants enter on a first come first served basis and entries will close once the event participant limit is reached for health and safety reasons or no later than 1 week before the event. How will I raise the sponsorship money? Once you start telling people what you're doing and why, you will be amazed at people’s generosity and support. When you sign up we will send you an invaluable fundraising pack bursting with ideas to get you started. This is a great way to meet new people and get in touch with old friends. All it takes is a little inspiration and organisation and the money will begin to roll in. Think about your hobbies and interests - they could be the key to your success! Who can I contact before the event with any queries? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call Martyn on 07852 305445 and we will be delighted to answer any questions.