Train for your challenge
Whatever your event, and whatever your level, we've got a training plan for you
Thank you for choosing to take on a challenge for the NSPCC! Whether it's a run, triathlon or walking challenge, we'll be here to offer you all the support and advice you need to get the most out of your event.
We've got free training plans, suitable for all levels, as well as top tips and advice to make sure you are ready and raring to go.
Running training plans
We've got a marathon training plan to suit everyone. If you have any questions about training, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Walks and challenges training advice
Start training at least 2 months before your walk. Walking, cycling and swimming are all good preparation.
Make sure you can comfortably walk approximately two thirds of your target distance before attempting your walk.
If you have existing health problems, you need to talk to your doctor for advice before you walk.
You'll need a strong pair of worn-in, comfy walking boots. They should also be waterproofed. Wearing a base-layer sock under a walking sock can help, and having a spare set if it's raining is a good idea.
It's important to wear lightweight, loose-fitting trousers or walking trousers where possible, avoiding jeans as they can be very impractical, especially if they get wet.
Depending on where you are trekking and the time of year, you may need to take a waterproof anorak and over-trousers. Plenty of warm layers are better than a few thick ones.
A few essential items:
- Registration form (included in your registration pack)
- Small/medium rucksack
- Basic first aid kit including plasters for blisters and Vaseline for chafing
- Talcum powder
- Plastic drinks bottle no larger than a litre (remember you're carrying it all day)
- Snack food as well as some high energy glucose tablets or sweets
- Whistle in case you get lost or stranded
- Mobile telephone
Some optional extras:
- Soft shoes/trainers for before and after the walk. They could be taken on the walk in case of boot problems
- Woollen hat
- Ordnance survey map
- Survival bag
- Sun cream
Each trek may have different requirements, so always check with your trek provider.