FAQS – South Downs Trekathon

How Do I Register?

An easy few steps to confirm your place today:

  1. Complete the online South Downs form on our website
  2. Pay your registration fee of £30
  3. You will be sent a confirmation email – time to start your training and fundraising!

What’s Included?

When you sign up to the South Downs Challenge in support of The Passage the following is included:

  • guaranteed entry into the South Downs challenge, organised by The Passage
  • guided walk from qualified Mountain Leader Guides
  • participant technical t-shirt
  • training and fundraising support throughout the lead up to the event and after
  • certificate of completion and a well-earned medal
  • a chance to experience some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery.

What’s Not Included?

When you sign up to the South Downs Challenge the following is not included:

  • Personal Hiking Equipment (see kit list)
  • Personal Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Accommodation (optional)
  • Travel to and from the start / finish locations
  • Meals not specified (optional)
  • Spending Money

Fundraising and Training Support for you

It’s quite a commitment to fundraise and train for a UK hike in support of The Passage. That’s why you can expect a bucket load of support from the events team including:

  • A free technical trekking t-shirt
  • Detailed training guides to help with plans, nutrition, avoiding injuries and more
  • Email and telephone contact with a dedicated events manager to help you with advice, fundraising materials, inspiration and guidance to help you reach your target
  • Event Briefing before the hike

Kit List – What you will need on the trek

Hiking the South Downs you can encounter a broad range of weather suddenly. For your safety and those you are walking with it’s very important that you have the appropriate equipment for the hike. Below is a suggested equipment list. If you have any questions or you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

EquipmentEssential / Recommended
Walking boots with ankle support and deep tread (Waterproof i.e. Gore-Tex)Essential
Waterproof Jacket and trousersEssential
Hat and GlovesEssential
Walking trousers / Leggings / Loose fitting trousers (not jeans)Essential
Day Sack (no bigger than 35 litres)Essential
Water Bottle / Flask i.e. platypusEssential
Lots of layers i.e. base layers, t-shirts, pull over fleece, jumpersEssential
Packed lunch / snacksEssential
Walking PolesRecommended
Personal first aid kit (i.e. blister plasters) 

Layers; it is best to have lots of light layering like base layers, micro-fleece so that you can pull on and off the right level of layering to make sure you are the right temperature. This is better than one big thick woolly jumper.

Lunch / Snacks; you will be on the walking for several hours and it will be important to take a packed lunch and energy snacks with you so that you can keep your energy up. Equally keeping hydrated is important so you should look to take 2 – 3 litres with you for the challenge.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do I have to commit to raising in return for a guaranteed charity place?

In return for your guaranteed place, support and everything included we would ask you to commit to a minimum fundraising amount of £250 to ensure as much money as possible goes towards the charity. When you hit the minimum amount you don’t have to stop there, keep going and try raise as much as you can!

How do I raise my sponsorship money?

There are loads of ideas to raise your money and once you sign up you will get a bucket load of ideas and support from the events team to help you reach and smash your target! A couple of suggestions:

  • Online fundraising is a great way to ask for sponsorship even if your friend lives on the other side of the world
  • Fundraising event like a pub quiz or charity dinner party – the secret is to give people something in return for their money and then they won’t mind parting with some money!
  • Corporate match funding – check with your employer they may offer you a donation or corporate match funding on whatever your raise for us

Do I need to hand in my sponsorship before the challenge?

You will need to raise at least 80% of your fundraising (£200) four weeks before the event with the rest of your funds being sent into the charity no more than four weeks after the challenge. Any money raised through your online sponsorship page will be sent to us directly on a monthly basis.

What will my sponsorship money be used for?

The money raised will go towards The Passage’s vital work so we can continue to provide resources and services to help us to transform the lives of homeless and insecurely housed people.

We simply would not be able to carry out the vital frontline work that we do, without the support of our magnificent fundraisers. Of every £1 that is raised, 93p of that amount goes directly towards our homelessness services.

What is the start location?

Lewes, East Sussex. Exact location TBC

What do I do about accommodation?

You will need to find your own nearby but we can give you some advice on places to stay.

What are the closest towns for accommodation?


Are there stops along the route?

Yes, will stop off on the route at feed stations.

I have been fundraising but can my friend walk with me?

Your friend can join you as long as they pay the registration fee and commit to raise the minimum sponsorship amount. As this is a fundraising event we ask that everyone taking part raises the £250.