THE 1000 FOOT CHALLENGE! #1000footchallenge
We invite you and a group of friends to pledge to climb 1000 feet for Clubfoot Awareness Week. 28th May – 3rd June.
The person who raises the most money will get free tickets to the Noisy Notes Concert 🙂
What do you have to do?
Download the Steps Sponsorship form or set up your fundraising page on Just Giving here https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/steps/the1000footchallenge and plan your climb! Follow us on social media for motivation and tips!
Where would be good to complete your 1000 foot challenge?
You can choose to walk on any public footpath near you. E.g, nature trails, forest walks etc. All we ask is that you find something around 1000 feet we’re not too fussy : ) You can find out how high routes climb online.
Check out our top 10 UK climbs between 950 and 1150 feet on the map below and follow us on social media to see our ‘featured climbs’.
Walking tips for beginners
If you’re a beginner when it comes to walking and climbing, we’ve put together some top tips to get you ready for your 1000 Foot Challenge!
With the weather warming up (thank goodness!) and Spring in the air there’s no excuse for not getting out for some fresh air whenever you can. Whether you’re on your own, with friends or with your family, make the first step and arrange a walk this week. Do it right now! Go on!
Where to walk?
If you’re not sure where to go, you can find lots of local walks online or ask around for some recommendations. Choose a short walk between 1 and 3 miles to begin with. Only you know your fitness level and ability, so stick with what you are comfortable with and don’t overdo it unless you want to ache the next day!
What to wear?
The main thing is to be comfortable. Wear flat, comfortable shoes like trainers or walking boots and ideally a thicker pair of socks to keep those feet comfy. Wear weather appropriate clothing, so check the forecast and be prepared for any eventuality! (Yes we live in the UK, anything can happen!) A good waterproof coat is handy, even if you don’t actually wear it, it will pack down nice and small in a rucksack.
What to take?
Grab a rucksack (the most back friendly way to carry your gear) and make sure you have everything you might need. Absolute essentials are drinking water and a map. Remember your phone may not get reception in remote areas so you may not want to rely on that. Having said that, do charge up your phone and take it with you, essential in an emergency but also essential for that selfie when you get to the top! You will probably also want to take a snack or even a nice big picnic! Other handy items are a walking stick (or sticks) if you feel you might need them, and a spare pair of socks just in case you find yourself up to your ankles in mud!
We don’t advise that you go walking alone, especially if you are beginner. Even if it’s just you and a friend always make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you back. It’s just a sensible plan in case of emergencies.
Always plan your walk on a map before you go. Many footpaths are well signposted, but you’ll need to know which path to take along the way to stick to your route. It can be dangerous to venture of a footpath or even illegal, so do stay on public footpaths. These are marked with dotted lines on a map.
- Don’t take on more than you can handle, keep your walks short to start with and build them up to longer hikes.
- Listen to your body and rest if you need to.
- Drink plenty on a hot day to keep hydrated.
- Stick to public footpaths.
- Don’t venture out if the weather is particularly bad. A little rain is not going to hurt but do check the forecast for storms, fog and snow.
- Enjoy yourself!
You can donate via the steps sponsorship form above or click here for our JustGiving fundraising page… https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/steps/the1000footchallenge – Here you can set up your own fundraiser page to make it easier for those sponsoring you.
We’d love to see your training walk photos. Remember to use #1000footchallenge and #clubfootawareness and share them with Steps. Happy hiking!