Taking on the Yomp is going to be a huge challenge. Most people who sign up for the event have never walked further than 10 miles without a stop for a butty and a good night’s sleep and so preparation will be key to you enjoying and completing your route.
We suggest that you start training at least 3 months before the event, and that you speak to your doctor before you start if you have any concerns about your health or your ability to complete this challenge. We’ve worked with personal trainer Yolander Gratton to develop a 12 week training plan which we’ll send out in the build up to the event. We’ve got training plans for all levels and distances so you can work within your ability and towards your own target.
If you have any questions feel free to call the team on 020 7811 3223 or email email@example.com
Top training tips
- Get into the habit of walking everywhere (to work, to run errands, to see friends), leaving your car behind and avoiding public transport where possible
- Exercise at least 4 times a week – try other sports to provide variety to your training, while still building up your fitness
- Do your long walks at weekends on varied terrain
- Find a training partner – take turns in being the motivator and planner for your training sessions. Also, organise some team training sessions to get to know each others’ pace, and to build up good team spirit
- Be safe – always make sure someone knows where and when you are going, and when you expect to be back
- Get to know your equipment – wear your boots everywhere, and train carrying a backpack to get used to the weight. If you are going to use walking poles during the Yomp, make sure you train with them as well
- Warm up – stretch your muscles about 10 minutes after you have started training, and again at the end of your session to reduce the likelihood of injury
- Keep an exercise log detailing the date, type of exercise, distance covered and time taken
- The Yomp takes place on 4/5 June 2022. Make sure you have completed your maximum training distance by mid May, to allow 2 weeks of lighter training so you are rested for the big day
- Training is one part of your challenge – the fundraising can be just as time consuming, so have a look at our fundraising pages for some tips and advice