Organised by Global Adventure Challenges, TrekFest is the ultimate endurance challenge offering participants the choice of a 25km, 50km, 75km and 100km route. Now in it’s fourth year TrekFest will take place in the Brecon Beacons on June 4th and the Peak District on 3rd September.
Registration is open for the events, which saw more than 1,500 trekkers take part last year, raising more than £250,000 for various charities. Entry is via the website, www.trekfest.org.uk, and participants can enter as either an individual or a team. Trekkers simply need to pay the registration fee, from £35pp and then raise a minimum sponsorship of £140 for a charity of their choice for the 25km route. This increases to a £60pp registration fee with a minimum sponsorship of £460 for the 100km route.
Lining up with trekkers in the Brecon Beacons are Coronation Street ladies, Catherine Tyldesley, Katie McGlynn and Tisha Merry. The trio who play Eva Price, Sinead Tinker and Steph Britton, are taking part in the 50km course alongside friends and family as part of ‘Team Vital’. They will be raising money for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity based in Manchester and Parkinson’s UK.
The Brecon Beacons offer a beautiful setting for TrekFest and provide an extreme physical workout and a psychologically taxing challenge. Participants will cross the highest peaks in the Beacons and South Wales including Pen Y Fan (886m), Corn Du (873m), Cribyn (795m) and Fan Y Big (719m).
Actress Catherine Tyldesley said: “I'm passionate about completing the challenge. Our team will train hard to make a respectable time, and raise much needed funds for both charities. We hope to do both of these causes proud, and I'm looking forward to this amazing adventure with a great bunch of friends."
Actress Katie McGlynn said: "I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in to the challenge. We will be going on some training treks in the spring to wear in our hiking boots and get used to climbing hills. I have been told this certainly isn’t going to be a walk in the park!
“But, there's a great bunch of us who will motivate each other and I'm sure we will have plenty of belly laughs (and blisters) along the way, while raising money for The Josh Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and Parkinsons UK."
Actress Tisha Merry said: "I am very excited for TrekFest next year. I will certainly be challenging myself, as I have never done anything like this before and am prepared to push my body to the limit. We decided on two amazing charities, one local and one national, so I feel honoured to be taking part with Team Vital to support these worthy causes. They will be in my thoughts along the journey! Bring it on!"
Managing Director and co-founder of Global Adventure Challenges, Peter Robinson, said: “We are delighted that Cath, Katie and Steph have chosen to take part in TrekFest. With the numbers growing year on year is has now become one of our leading events. Although 50km is a pretty tough challenge that will test the girls’ endurance to the full, it is highly achievable with the right training.’
Anyone wishing to sponsor Team Vital should go to the donating page.
For more information, or to sign up, please see trekfest.org.uk