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Mighty Hikes experience

Experience a Mighty Hike

Mighty Hikes experience

You can expect a hike like no other. With a medal and glass of fizz waiting for you at the finish, regular refuelling pit-stops, a buffet lunch and marshals out on the route, you’re guaranteed a great day out. It’s a long way but it’s amazing how far you can go when you join with other Mighty Hikers, all walking for the same fantastic cause.

Past Mighty Hikes

Take a look through photos and videos from our past Mighty Hikes to get an idea of the experience we offer and the incredible atmosphere and camaraderie on the day.

How does your money help?

We ask everyone taking part in a Mighty Hike to pledge to raise £250 to fund our services for people living with cancer.

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£250

could pay for …

… a Macmillan Social Care Worker for one week

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£552

could pay for …

… a large Macmillan benefits advice service for one hour

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£1,203

could pay for …

… a Macmillan nurse for one week

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Frequently asked questions

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Event

Can I bring my dog?

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No. Dogs (aside from Assistance Dogs) are not permitted at the event due to limitations from private land owners and the challenging nature of the routes.

Are there toilet facilities?

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Yes. There will be toilet facilities available at the start, the first break stop (6.5 miles roughly), the half-way lunch stop, the second break stop (19.5 miles roughly) and at the finish.

What happens if I get injured?

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On the day you will be given an emergency number to contact should you need any assistance and there will be roaming medics and trek-masters along the route. There will also be regular checkpoints where medical and event staff will provide support.

Are refreshments provided?

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Yes. This is a fully supported event with a full buffet lunch at the half-way lunch stop and hot food at the finish. There will also be regular refuelling stops along the route where substantial snacks and drinks will be provided.

Can my family and friends come to support me?

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Your family and friends can meet you at the finish, but will be subject to the same health and safety precautions as participants. They will not be able to accompany you to the start, or meet you at the lunch sites or pit-stops as they have limited capacity.

Unfortunately at the South Coast Mighty Hike (5th June), the event organiser will not be able to safely accommodate spectators at the finish either. 

Can I run?

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No. This is a fully supported event and all arrangements have been based on walking pace. Runners will be considerably faster and therefore support along the route will not be in place.

Can my bags be transported to the finish?

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Yes. There will be a baggage drop facility in the registration tent at the start. Your bags will be transported for you to collect at the finish. Baggage is left entirely at your own risk.

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Registration

What is the minimum age to take part?

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The minimum age to take part in this event is 18, however children aged between 14 – 17 can still take part as long as they’re accompanied by an adult who is 18 or over. The accompanying adult must complete their registration first and will be asked to sign a parental consent form. Children aged 13 and under cannot take part.

When does the registration close?

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Registration will close two weeks before the event date or when the event sells out. After this date we cannot accept any new registrations or transfers.

How do I cancel my place?

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Please email us or call 0207 840 7887 if you can no longer take part. We have to confirm final numbers two weeks before the event takes place so please let us know no later than this to avoid unnecessary costs spent on your place.

Can I transfer onto another Mighty Hike?

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Yes. You can transfer to another Mighty Hike event if there are spaces available. Please email us or call 0207 840 7887 and include the event you’re currently doing, and the event you’d like to transfer on to. Please note, transfers cannot be made less than two weeks prior to the event.

Can I transfer my place to another person?

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Yes. You can transfer to your place and your registration fee to another person. Please email us or call 0207 840 7887 and give us the name and email of your replacement to send a transfer registration form. Please note, transfers cannot be made less than two weeks prior to the event.

Can I get a refund of my registration fee if I cancel?

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Unfortunately not. The registration fee is passed onto the event organiser, Threshold, and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Can I defer my place to next year?

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Yes. You can defer to a Mighty Hike event next year. Please email us or call 0300 1000 200 and include the event you’re currently doing, and the event you’d like to defer to. Please note, deferrals cannot be made after the event has taken place. 

What if I need to have a carer / support worker take part with me?

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Wherever possible, we want everyone to be able to take part in a Mighty Hike. If you need to take part with a carer or support worker, please get in touch so we can provide you with further details. You can email us or call 0300 1000 200. These places will not require a registration fee.

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Fundraising

Why is there a £250 minimum fundraising pledge?

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As for any charity, organising these events costs money. The £25 registration fee doesn’t cover all the costs of putting on a fully-supported hiking series of this scale, so we have to set a minimum fundraising pledge. This ensures the costs of the event are covered so the majority of money fundraised is spent on our vital services to help people living with cancer. This is, of course, the main aim of the Mighty Hike series.

What is the minimum fundraising pledge if I sign up to multiple events?

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Even if you have signed up to several Mighty Hikes, we still ask you to raise a minimum of £250 for each event.

If I sign up with a team, does each team member have to raise the minimum fundraising pledge?

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Yes, you will need to raise the minimum fundraising amount of £250 for each member of your team. You can, however, choose to split the total in any way you like between the team if some people are comfortable raising more than others.

When do I have to reach my £250 fundraising pledge?

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We ask that your £250 is with Macmillan one month after your Mighty Hike. If you have not reached or sent in your £250 by this time you will receive emails from us reminding you of this requirement.

What happens if I don’t reach the £250 minimum pledge?

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It is important that everyone reaches the minimum fundraising pledge of £250 to ensure Macmillan doesn’t lose money on your participation and the majority of what you raise helps those living with cancer.

We provide you with as much help as we can to help you reach this amount, and our Supporter Care Hub is also available by email or by phone on 0300 1000 200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) if you want further help. If it gets to a point where you feel you really can’t fundraise anymore then you are welcome to donate the remaining amount yourself.

Can I share a JustGiving page with someone else?

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If you share a JustGiving page with other walkers, please be sure to list your teammates names on the page.

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Covid-19

Will my event go ahead this year?

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We are pleased to confirm that, provided there are no major changes to the Government roadmap for easing restrictions in England, the Mighty Hikes in England will be going ahead.  

Like many of you, we are still eagerly awaiting further guidance from the Northern Ireland, Welsh and Scottish Government’s about the easing of restrictions that will allow the Giant’s Causeway, Gower Peninsula and Rob Roy Mighty Hikes to go ahead.

We are keeping a close eye on all updates regarding organised outdoor events, outdoor dining, domestic travel and overnight accommodation.

We remain cautiously optimistic and have already put plans in place to ensure that, if permitted by Government guidelines, we can safely deliver the event and make sure you have a fantastic experience.

If we need to make any significant changes as a result of further guidance, we will be in touch. Thank you for your ongoing patience.

What safety measures will be in place?

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We are working closely with industry and COVID health and safety experts, to inform all our planning, and have limited the capacity at every Mighty Hike so we can adhere to social distancing.

We are now able to update you on the measures we have put in place, and how this impacts you. We are confident we have put enough measures in place that the events will be able to go ahead safely, provided that Governmental guidelines permit events to be held.

Our top priority is protecting our hikers, staff, volunteers and the local communities who support these events, and we will continue to adhere to all government and WHO guidelines. 

The Mighty Hikes may look a little different this year, but we are working hard to make sure your experience is the best it can be.

What medical checks will be in place?

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48-hours before the hike we will email you a declaration form, which you will need to complete online before arrival. Mighty Marshalls will check that you have completed the form before you are allowed on the coaches and/or enter the start venue. Upon arrival we will also do a quick temperature check.

If your temperature is too high, you will be taken to a designated tent for a few minutes, and then a medic will repeat the temperature check. If your temperature is still a cause for concern you unfortunately will not be able to take part in the event, nor will anyone you travelled with, and will be asked to return home.  

What social distancing will be in place?

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We have already limited the capacity for the event and we are designing the layouts for all our venues with social distancing in mind. There will be one-way systems and designated queues for the start pen, lunch marquee, kit desks and so on. We respectfully ask that you are patient if there are small, more frequent, queues on the day to help us maintain social distancing. 

How will the start waves be different?

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We have revised the starting pen so, instead of releasing your start wave all at the same time, you will be ‘pulsed’ across the start line in 5-second gaps to help spread people out across the route. If you are in a group, do not worry, you will be able to cross the line in succession and walk together.  

What extra hygiene measures will there be?

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We will have even more dedicated cleaners at each venue to keep everything squeaky clean for you. They will focus in particular on chairs, tables, water refills and toilets. We have increased the number of hand sanitising stations at all venues and we also ask that you bring your own hand sanitiser to use after any styles and/or gates along the route.

When will I need a face covering?

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Please make sure to bring a face covering and wear it at any point where social distancing is challenging. There will be clear signage on the day telling you when to wear your face covering, and we respectfully ask you to follow any guidance given to you on the day by our Mighty Marshalls. If you are taking one of the coaches, you will be required to wear a face covering. If you are exempt from wearing one, please do let the Mighty Marshalls know.

What happens to my registration fee if my hike is postponed?

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If we have to postpone or, in a worst case scenario, cancel a Mighty Hike we will provide multiple options for all participants including:

  • Cancelling with a refund
  • Cancelling and donating your fee
  • Transferring to the same event where it is possible to be held
  • Transferring to a different event

While entry fees are usually non-refundable, we are aware that issues with Covid-19 are unavoidable and will not ask our supporters to bear that cost.

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Event

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Registration

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Fundraising

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Covid-19