Mourne Mountains HACK 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
Got any questions about the Hike Against Cruelty to Kids? Have a look at some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How far is the walk?
There are two challenge walks, which are 14 or 20 miles.
What is the registration fee?
There is a £10 non-refundable registration fee for the 14-mile walk and a £20 non-refundable registration fee for the 20-mile walk.
What is the minimum level of sponsorship?
There is no minimum sponsorship, we just ask that participants raise as much as they can. This will help us to support vulnerable children and young people. Take a look at our fundraising ideas page.
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 Bad as well as lots of other beautiful locations.
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.
When is the closing date for registration?
The final online registration date is Friday 30 August 2013 and phone and postal entries will close on Friday 6 September 2012. Please note that if the event registration is full, we will close earlier than stated.
Can you provide us with a list of equipment we will need on the day?
Yes. Have a look at the Hike Against Cruelty to Kids training guide.
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 14 hours.
Can we bring pets?
Pets are not allowed on the Mournes Hike Against Cruelty to Kids.
Can we bring children?
If you want to register under 18s, please contact the local NSPCC team. Call on 028 9035 1135 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
Why do I need to pay a registration fee?
As it is such a large event, there is an up-front cost to cover things like medical cover, equipment and toilet facilities. The registration fee goes towards these expenses.
How can I get more sponsor forms, registration forms, posters or leaflets?
Contact your local Fundraising team on 028 9035 1135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any further questions which are not answered here, please contact the Northern Ireland Fundraising team by phone on 028 90 351135 or email email@example.com.