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Mighty Hikes

Peak District

Peak District

Take on a challenge and hike a full or half marathon at the Peak District Mighty Hike - where you'll trek through the UK's oldest National Park.

Marathon Hike details

Date: 20 Jul 2024

Location: Bakewell, DE45 1AQ

Distance: Marathon

Terrain: Hilly

Registration Fee: £25

Min. fundraising pledge: £250

Half Marathon Hike details

Date: 20 Jul 2024

Location: Bakewell, DE45 1AQ

Distance: Half Marathon

Terrain: Hilly

Registration Fee: £20

Min. fundraising pledge: £250

The Mighty Hike experience

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As a Mighty Hiker you'll receive:

As a Mighty Hiker you'll receive:

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Free Macmillan walking top

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A clearly marked route

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Pit stops with snacks and drinks

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Medical assistance

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Free food at the finish

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Finishers medal and bubbly

Need help with fundraising and training? We’ve got you covered.

Mighty Hikers' Stories

Feeling quite emotional and proud, what an achievement! Thank you to all the volunteers that gave us the encouragement to carry on. All done for such a good cause.

Hayley, hiker of the Peak District, 2023

Logistics

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Registration

When does registration close?

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Registration closes on the Friday, one week before the event, or earlier if the event sells out.

How much do I need to fundraise?

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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.

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

What happens if the event sells out?

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You can add yourself to the waiting list if the event is full. This works on a first-come, first served basis. If a place becomes available, we will email you with an invite and you’ll have 7 days to register.

How old do I need to be?

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To sign up to the event you must be 18. Anyone aged between 14 -17 can take part as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The parent/ guardian must complete their registration form and sign the parental consent form. Unfortunately, no one under the age of 14 can take part in the event.

Can I transfer my place?

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Yes absolutely! You can either transfer to a different distance, a different event, or transfer your place to a different person. Please email us at mightyhikes@macmillan.org.uk or call us on 0207 840 7887 to request your transfer.

If you transfer from the half marathon to the full marathon, you will receive an email with a link to pay the outstanding £5 registration fee. If you transfer from the full marathon to the half marathon, please note that the £5 difference in registration fees will not be refunded.

You can transfer to another Mighty Hike event if there are spaces available. When you contact us, please include the email you're currently using, and the event you'd like to transfer to.

You can also transfer your place and your registration fee to another person. When you contact us, please include the name and email of your replacement.

The deadline to transfer is the Friday, one week before the hike takes place, or earlier if the event sells out.

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.

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 one week before the event takes place so please let us know no later than this.

Please note, registration fees are non-refundable.

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Team

How do I create a team?

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It’s easy! Head to the registration form and follow the steps to become a Team Captain. Make sure you have a list of names and email address of your fellow team members. Once you have signed up, an email invite will be sent to your team members with a bespoke link for them to fill out their own registration form and join your team.

As Team Captain you will have the option to pay their registration fee, otherwise your team members can pay when they get their invite.

Every time a member of the team completes their registration, you’ll be sent a confirmation email. That way you can monitor who has or has not joined your team.

Can I add more members to my team?

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The more the merrier! As Team Captain you will receive a unique registration link in your confirmation email which can be forwarded on to any new team members who want to join the team.

How do I join a team?

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On the registration form, you will have the option to join a team providing your Team Captain has invited you to be a team member. 


When registering you must enter the same email address they have entered on your behalf. 

If you have registered as an individual, you will not be able to join a team. 

Does each team member need to raise the minimum fundraising pledge?

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Yes, the fundraising pledge is still £250 per person, but you’re welcome to combine your fundraising pledges into one team total. Look at our useful fundraising page which will give you lots of hints and tips. 

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Event Details

Where does the hike start and finish?

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The Peak District Mighty Hike will start at Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AQ .

The full marathon finish line is back at the Bakewell Showground, and the half marathon finish line is at Knotlow Farm Campsite, Flagg, SK19 9QP.

We’ll be there waiting at the finish line with your medal and a glass of bubbly.

What time does the hike start?

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The hike will set off in waves 20 minutes apart, from 06:50am for the full marathon and 08:30am for the half marathon. You can select your preferred start wave when you register. These are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

We advise hikers with a slower pace to book the earliest start wave available to give plenty of time to complete the route.

How long will it take to complete the hike?

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For the full marathon, we estimate that the fastest walkers will finish in around 7.5 hours while the slowest walkers could take around 12.5 hours.

For the half marathon, we estimate that the fastest walkers will finish in around 4 hours while the slowest walkers could take around 6 hours.

Please note for health and safety reasons there will be strict cut off times at each rest stop. Therefore, when choosing your start time, please select an earlier wave if you consider yourself a slower walker and a later wave if you consider yourself a faster walker.

Is parking available?

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We have parking for our hikers at the start line at Bakewell Showground.

You can book this when you register. 

We will be offering a free shuttle bus from the half marathon finish line back to the start line after the event.

The journey from the half marathon finish line is 20 minutes and the shuttles will run from 12:00 to 17:00.

Please note that shuttle buses depart on a fill and go basis so listen out for updates on the day from our helpful Mighty Marshals.

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Event Day

What is the route like and will there be support along the way?

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The route starts in the beautiful Bakewell, before hiking clockwise around the stunning Peak District. Please see the provisional route map here, the elevation chart for full marathon here and the half marathon here.

The full marathon distance is 26 miles and the half marathon distance is 14.2 miles. Please do note that the routes are subject to change, following health and safety inspections and therefore these distances may change. Any changes will be communicated on the day.

Our Mighty Marshals and hiking leaders will be spread along the route to support you. We also have medical teams ready to assist in the case of an emergency. The hike is clearly signposted with bright arrows to ensure you stay on the right track.

We will also have plenty of Mighty Marshals and support staff at each of our rest stops. They will be cheering you the whole way.

Are there toilet facilities?

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Yes, there will be toilet facilities available at both the start and finish, as well as at the pit stops and lunch stop. 

Are refreshments provided?

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We’ll provide you with a buffet lunch for both distance events and hot food at the finish of the full marathon. There will also be one pit stop for the half marathon, and two for the full marathon on route where you can load up on snacks and drinks. All dietary requirements will be catered for and you can specify these on the registration form.

Water is available at the start, lunch, finish and all pit stops along with additional water stops on route. Tea and coffee is also available at the start, lunch stop and finish line.

What do I do with my bags?

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

What do I need to bring with me?

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You will need to be prepared for all weather and bring all the essentials needed for the hike.

Look at our full kit list to check everything you need. 

 

Are my friends and family allowed to support me?

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Absolutely!

Your family and friends can meet you at the finish event village to cheer you across the finish line. However, they will not be able to accompany or meet you at any of the pit stops.

Can I bring my dog?

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Unfortunately, no dogs can take part in a Mighty Hike with the exception of assistance dogs. This includes at any of the start and finish venues. If you require the support of an assistance dog, please do email us in advance.

Can I run the route?

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No. Mighty Hikes are non-competitive hiking events. The event is fully supported and all arrangements have been based on walking pace.

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Volunteering

Can I volunteer at a Mighty Hike?

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Absolutely, our events simply would not happen without the amazing support from volunteers. We have a range of volunteering roles for you to choose from.

Sign up here and become part of the Mighty Hikes Team.

What do I get when I sign up to Volunteer?

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Our amazing Fundraising Volunteer Managers will be in touch with you and will keep you updated with all the information you need about volunteering at a Mighty Hike.

On the day, you’ll receive a full event briefing from the Mighty Hike lead, as well as Macmillan tabard to wear over your clothes. We’ll also provide you with food and drink throughout your volunteer shift.

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Registration

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Team

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Event Details

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Event Day

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Volunteering

Got Questions?

If you have more questions you can call or email mightyhikes@macmillan.org.uk

We send out lots more information about the event day and your fundraising via email 

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