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Frequently asked questions

Got any questions about the Northern Ireland HACK 2014?

Take a look at some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If your questions are not answered here, please contact the Northern Ireland Fundraising Team by phone on 028 90 351135 or email hackni@nspcc.org.uk.


Where is the walk?
The walk starts and finishes in Jack O'Hare's in Newcastle. The route will go through Tollymore, along the Trassey Track and Brandy Pad as well as lots of other beautiful locations.

How far is the walk?
There are two challenge walks, which are 14 or 20 miles.

What time does the walk start?
Registration will open at 6.30am and the walk will start once you have registered. This is to maximise the daylight available to complete the challenge. The walk must be completed in 12 hours.

Is there car parking at the start/finish?
The walk starts and finishes in the same location. We are encouraging walkers to make their own arrangements for being dropped off at the start and picked up when they have completed the walk. There are parking facilities in the main car parks at the start location.

The NSPCC cannot accept responsibility for cars and owners leave them at their own risk. Please try to arrange a car share with other walkers if you can, as this will ease pressure on parking.

Will there be a left luggage facility?
There will be a limited left luggage facility at the start of the event, at our control office. However any items are left at the participant's own risk.

Can we bring pets?
Pets are not allowed on the Mournes HACK.

Can we bring children?
This is an over 18 event only.

Are there any sections of the walk that are accessible to those with disabilities, specifically wheelchair users?
Unfortunately the route is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Will there be any food and drink available along the route?
Walkers will need to provide their own supplies for the day. However, there will be water and snacks provided for free at checkpoints along the route. There will also be designated toilets along the route. We'll also have a barbeque at the end of the walk.

Can you provide us with a list of equipment we will need on the day?
Yes. Have a look at the our training and preparation guide.

Is there a minimum level of fitness required?
The 20-mile walk is cross-country and requires a reasonable level of fitness. We'd recommend training beforehand and consulting your GP if you are in any doubt. The 14-mile challenge is similar terrain but a shorter walk. Have a look at our training tips.

What happens if I drop out?
We have planned the walk to regularly intersect with roads to allow for easy access to transport. Anyone dropping out will be helped to a road and from there they will be able to arrange to be picked up.

Medical cover with off-road capabilities will also be on-hand. There are also marshals with radios at checkpoints and along the route to help.

Do you have a list of local bed and breakfasts and hotels?
There is a lovely selection of hotels, B&Bs, pubs and campsites in the area. See www.discovernorthernireland.com for details of accommodation.

What is the registration fee?
There is a £20* non-refundable registration fee for both the 14-mile and 20-mile walk.  *Registrations received between Monday 4 August 2014 and Monday 15 Monday September 2014 will be subject to a £10 late entry surcharge.

No entries will be accepted after Monday 15 September 2014 and if the event registration is full we will close earlier than stated.  No registrations accepted on the day.

When is the closing date for registration?
The final online registration date is Monday 15 September 2014. Please note that if the event registration is full, we will close earlier than stated.  No registrations will be accepted on the day.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee?
As it is such a large event, there is an up-front cost to help cover things like medical cover, equipment and toilet facilities. The registration fee goes towards these expenses. 

What happens if I drop out before the event?
All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. You cannot transfer your place to someone else.

What is the minimum level of sponsorship?
There is no minimum sponsorship, we just ask participants to raise as much as they can. The HACK is one of the biggest fundraising events in our calendar and these are essential funds.  This will help us to support vulnerable children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Take a look at our fundraising ideas page. Don't hesitate to contact the team at hackni@nspcc.org.uk if you need further help and support.

Where does the money we raise go?
Every penny of sponsorship you raise can make a massive difference to vulnerable children's lives. It could fund our invaluable counsellors, our innovative new services for children and their families, or give our staff on the frontline the support to help the most vulnerable children and young people in Northern Ireland. FRSB tickEvery walker is required to raise as much as they can. 

How can I get more sponsor forms, or posters?
Contact your local Fundraising team on 028 9035 1135 or email hackni@nspcc.org.uk.

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