FAQs

THE BASICS

There is no entry fee to register for the Walk for Syria. All we ask is that people aim to raise as much as they can. 

 

 

  • Manned check point with water at the half way point
  • Full event support - marshals, event staff
  • Fully signed route, route map
  • Medical support available along the entire route
  • Finish line celebrations & BBQ
  • A finisher's T-shirt
  • Welcomed in by your friends, family and supporters!

30 km / 19 miles, which should typically take 7-8 hours to walk.

The Walk for Syria is open to all ages and abilities.

Please refer to the below regarding those under 18.

  • 16 - 17-year-olds can take part in the full walk but must have parental consent
  • 12 - 15-year-olds can take part in the full walk but must have parental consent and be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Under 12s can only take part in 15km or short walk and must have parental consent and be accompanied by a responsible adult

You can download the parental consent form here and photographic consent form here.

Registration form must be completed as for all participants and for under 18s a parental consent form must be completed.

You can either email this to events@halotrust.org or post to Sarah Cochrane, The HALO Trust, Carronfoot, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5BF

 

 

Online registration will close on Sunday 10th June. However, should you wish to register after this date please call Sarah Cochrane on 01848 331100

For safety reasons we will aim to have all walkers off the route by 7pm.

Yes. Our preferred method of correspondence is email. You may, however, request a pack to be posted to you. Please do so by emailing events@halotrust.org or ringing Sarah Cochrane on 01848 331100.

Yes. The route is circular so you will start and finish in the same place. There will be a BBQ afterwards for all participants. When completing your registration please indicate if you will be staying for the BBQ and any dietary requirements.

Yes, your friends and family can join in afterwards to celebrate. Should they wish to stay for the BBQ there is a charge of £10 per person and £5 per children under 13.

Yes. There is a 15km and 3km circular walk available for young children and those who would like to raise money for HALO but feel they cannot complete the 30km walk.

Yes. We have a number of volunteer roles at Walk for Syria from marshalling the route to registering participants. See our Walk for Syria Volunteers page for more information. Please email events@halotrust.org and let us know what you would like to do.

JOINING AS A TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL

All team members must register individually. When you receive your welcome pack you will be asked to complete some additional information. This is where you will enter your team captains name.

Should you wished to be timed then teams should be no bigger than four people. If you do not wish to be timed there is no limit to the number of participants you can have in a team. We recommend that everyone is of the same fitness level and pace.

No. The walk is designed to be fun however, we encourage those who wish to compete to do so and the quickest team will receive a prize, which is tbc.

Yes, please register at www.walkforsyria.org. We will then place you with a team of similar ability.

No. Walk for Syria is not a race and has only been designed for walking, so we ask all participants to walk the route.

Yes! We want you to make the event as fun as possible.

CHARITY & FUNDRAISING

Setting up an online fundraising page is quick, easy and a hassle-free way of raising money.

Justgiving (fees apply): To set up your page on Justgiving, click here and follow the instructions.

Facebook (no fees): Facebook now gives you the option to fundraise through our Facebook page. Click on ‘+ Raise Money’ and follow the instructions. Make sure the title of your fundraiser includes ‘Walk for Syria’.

To download an image for your online page click here.

To download copy for your online page click here.

Once your page is complete you can send the link to your family, friends and colleagues.

You can pay your sponsorship money in a way that is convenient for you: either online via our donation button or by post. We cannot process money on the day of the walk so please do not bring your sponsorship money to the event.

You will receive your sponsor form in your welcome email. If you would like it sooner you can download it here.

Please send your donations to The HALO Trust, Carronfoot, Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 5BF. 

All cheques or CAFs should be made out to “The HALO Trust”. Please do not send cash in the post. Please write on the back of the cheque 'Walk for Syria'.

If you would like to make a donation by credit or debit card, please use our donate form. Please add 'Walk for Syria' in the comments box.

FITNESS & TRAINING

The most important is footwear. Hiking boots may not be cheap but they will certainly offer the best all-around protection. If you are crossing rough terrain or tackling steeper hills ankle support, heel moulding, toe protection, good grip, ample waterproofing and laces like Fort Knox all combine to make them unarguably the best option. Be warned, though, they need time to be worn in so avoid going out on a big hike with box-fresh boots. The last thing a hiker needs is for their feet to be blistered whilst out in the wild.

Warm and waterproof coats should also be worn as well as thermal tops and wind-resistant trousers. Especially in mountain areas weather conditions can change rapidly, so multiple layers allow you to keep comfortable whatever the weather. Shorter walks in good weather, especially at lower altitudes, need less equipment, but it's a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof even on good days.

Walking poles or sticks are an increasingly common sight on footpaths. Look for poles that are light but tough and fold small enough to be stowed away when not needed. Using one or two poles can help with balance, especially on slopes and can also be of great help to those with dodgy knees or ankles as they help spread the impact.

The route is along and on uneven tracks. You will also be fording streams so it is vital to wear appropriate foot wear.

The walk is physically demanding and so you will need to prepare - and should read the training session advice and training schedules carefully. The more comfortable you are with walking long distances for sustained periods the more comfortable you will be on the challenge.

Training is essential for everyone. Preparation is key and will aid your enjoyment of the challenge whilst ensuring that your body is up to the rigors of the event.

It is very important for all competitors to train properly and build up endurance and resilience thresholds, alongside your base fitness. This will enable you to cope with the distance and provide you with the ability to recover during the challenge.

You can access our training guides here.

Please contact us on events@halotrust.org or ring Sarah Cochrane on 01848 331100.

ON-EVENT & SUPPORT

We ask participants to arrive between 7:30am and 9am for registration.

Precise start times are to be determined and will be sent out to you two weeks before the event. The start times will be staggered and we expect everyone to be walking by 10am.

Your start time will be allocated to you one month in advance and you will be notified by email. If you have not received a start time by Monday 18th June please contact us at events@halotrust.org or 01848 331100.

You are responsible for your personal items on the event and an equipment and clothing list is available to download here. Some items are essential/compulsory, others recommended.

You will need a daypack to carry the recommended personal items throughout the event including wet weather gear, warm clothing, water, food & snacks, sun protection, personal first aid kit, and personal items.

You will receive a route map at event registration marked with rest-stops, hazards and distances. The route will also be clearly and fully signed with directional arrows. There will be marshals stationed at various points throughout the route.

Yes. You will be given a map at registration but if you wish to view the route in advance you can down load it here. For the short walk it can be downloaded here.

Yes, dogs are permitted but MUST be on a lead at all times due to livestock.

There will be an emergency number and safety people about the course, who will have either radio or mobile communications. A safety vehicle will also be on standby.

Water will be provided at the half way point.

Walkers we recommend that you wear the sturdy approach type shoes or walking boots you have been training in - so your feet are as comfortable as possible on the challenge - some people choose to wear sturdy trainers, whilst other opt for ankle height walking boots to give maximum support to your ankles and feet. It is a personal preference and we recommend that you experiment when going for training walks to ensure on the day you will be as comfortable as possible.

Please remember that you will be fording streams and so walking boots would be a preference to avoid getting wet feet.

We constantly monitor the weather forecast in the lead up to and throughout the day of the event. Please dress appropriately and wear sensible footwear.

Walk for Syria would only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather. If the event were cancelled all participants would be contacted via phone and email. And an announcement would go out on The HALO Trust’s social media channels.

Parking will be available at Drumlanrig Castle. 

Please follow brown Drumlnrig Castle signs and as you enter the estate there will be signs for the car park. 

A shuttle bus service will be available to take you to the start.

There will be toilets available at the car park and at the start/finish line.

There will be medical assistance at the start/finish area and the half way point

There will be a BBQ available – please indicated on your entry form if you intend to stay for the BBQ and any dietary requirements.

You can download a list of local accommodation here.

You can download a list of local camping sites here.

HALO cannot provide camping facilities but we may be able to accommodate a strictly limited number of tents. Please contact events@halotrust.org or 01848 331100.