A Girls' Hike Out

Saturday 7th September 2019
Key event info
Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
Start -
Harlow, Essex
Finish -
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Distance: 26 miles
Target Sponsorship:
Registration fee -
Fundraising -

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who took on 26 miles to walk for women in girls living in poverty on Saturday 7th September. We hope you had as good a day as we did and do look out for an email with a link to some photos from the day.

What's it all about?

What's even better than a girls' night out? Why, a girls' hike out of course - you could even do both in one day! Yes, it's a marathon-distance walk but it's a totally achievable marathon! You'll walk side by side with other women just like you as you wind your way along the River Lea from Essex, all the way to the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.  By taking part and pledging to raise at least £250, you'll support women and girls living in poverty around the world, helping them to take control over their lives. All participants receive a hand-painted CARE medal at the finish line and you'll also receive a CARE t-shirt to wear on the day if you manage to raise £200 by the end of August.

"the experience of solidarity among women championing the rights of females around the world is the most empowering and inspiring experience"

Women's Trek 2018 participant

Your support

By taking part in A Girls’ Hike Out 2019, you’ll not only have a fantastic experience, you’ll also be helping some of the world’s poorest women and girls to find a way out of poverty.

CARE is one of the world’s leading aid agencies, fighting poverty, and helping vulnerable people in over 75 countries around the world. We deliver long-term programs to fight poverty, with a specific focus on women and girls.

**Please note, to sign up you will be referred to the Active Network registration platform.**


What is A Girls' Hike Out?

It's an all-women challenge along the scenic waterway from Harlow in Essex to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London - home to the Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics in 2012. The 26-mile route is an opportunity to test both your determination and endurance as well as showing your support for CARE's work on empowering women and fighting gender inequality.

What time does the trek start?

You will register on Saturday morning at 6:30am, before receiving a briefing at 7.15am and setting off at 7:30am. Please note these details are subject to change but you will be provided with a full itinerary well in advance of the event.

Where exactly does the trek start?

Registration will take place in Spurriers House Café in Harlow Town Park, located on School Lane, CM20 2QD. Registration will open at 6.30am.

How do I get to Harlow?

We will be providing a coach on the morning of the trek, taking participants from Stratford at 6.30am to the start location in Harlow. This will be an additional option at the point of registration requiring a £5 payment. If you would like to book a place on the coach after registration then please contact our Supporter Care team on 020 7091 6000. Please note that there is a strict deadline of 12:00 midday on Monday 2 September for all coach bookings. 

If you will be driving to the start location, there is all-day parking available at Harlow Town train station for £3.20. There are also several drop off car parks at Harlow Town Park.

Can I enter as part of a group?

You’re welcome to enter as individual or a group. If entering as a team you will need to appoint a team leader to coordinate the group and liaise with us throughout your planning, preparation and fundraising for the challenge.

Can children take part?

Children aged 12-17 may take part, providing they are accompanied by an adult.

What happens if I am slow?

There are safety cut off points at designated points along the route and if you need to pick up the pace to allow you to finish the event you will be informed along the route. At these points, event staff will establish whether you can continue, or whether you should be shuttled to a location that will allow you to reach the finish line at a safe time. The safety check points will also be the locations where you can withdraw if required and be shuttled to the finish.

Will there be toilets along the route?

There are public conveniences along the route and toilet facilities at both the start and finish locations.

How fit do I have to be to participate? 

The 26-mile, flat route is achievable by people of all fitness levels, all you need to do is put the training in and prepare yourself. Our Training Guide provides a programme of exercises to follow to ensure you're fit and ready for event day. 

To complete this challenge, you’ll need to be prepared to walk for long periods of time; we estimate it will take 8-12 hours to complete the challenge depending on your level of fitness.

What is provided?

  • Event, safety and communications briefings before the challenge
  • A training schedule
  • Fundraising tips and support
  • Support staff and medics at designated points
  • A handcrafted medal to proudly brandish at the finish line!

What will I need to bring?

  • Kit – a full individual or group kit list will be provided
  • Food and snacks
  • Fluids - there will be water points along the route
  • A sense of adventure!

What other preparations will I need to make for the event?

If you wish to stay in Harlow the night before or on the day of the event, then you will need to book your own accommodation. One option is the Premier Inn hotel opposite Harlow Town Park train station.

Is it necessary to have walking boots?

We would strongly suggest that you wear walking boots or a cross-trainer shoe with a vibram sole, which gives good traction over a variety of surfaces.

How much do I have to fundraise?

The fundraising target is £250 per person. You will also have to pay for your transport, any accommodation you require, other food and snacks.

Is Gift Aid included in my fundraising target?

Gift aid is a scheme designed by the government as a great bonus for charities where it can be claimed, but it also not guaranteed, therefore Gift Aid is not included in the minimum sponsorship for any CARE fundraising event.

I’ve never fundraised before, where do I start?

A great way to start fundraising is to set up a personalised online sponsorship page with Just Giving, which you can send to your suppliers, clients, colleagues, friends and family. Many teams fundraise by organising events such as dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments, golf days, car washing, cake bakes… which are proven fundraisers and a lot of fun! There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you lots of ideas and support. Use our Fundraising Guide for tips on how to smash your fundraising target.

What fundraising support will I receive?

We’ll send you a copy of our fundraising guide, full of hints and tips to help you reach your target. You’ll have a dedicated member of the Events team with whom you can discuss ideas and contact for advice. We also offer fundraising workshops to help teams really make the most of all opportunities.

What other support will I receive?

Once you sign up:

  • Dedicated contact within the CARE Events team
  • Regular fundraising ideas and tailored support from start to finish
  • Logistics support and suggestions covering accommodation, transport and timings
  • Event information - route descriptions and kit list

On the day of the event:

  • Event, safety and communications briefings before the event
  • Support staff, route marshals and medics

Where does my sponsorship money go?

Your funds will support CARE International. CARE fights poverty and injustice in more than 79 countries around the world helping vulnerable people to find ways out of poverty. We deliver long term programmes to fight poverty and are always amongst the first to respond to emergencies. Plus, you can be confident your money is going to the right place: out of every £1 donated 85p goes to our poverty-fighting work - that’s one of the highest rates among all the UK aid agencies.

Why Walk for Women?

A strong focus of CARE's work is on supporting women and girls who are denied basic human rights. They have limited access to health care, to an education, to the opportunity to earn a living. They are denied a say in the decisions that affect their future. But when women are healthier, their children and families are healthier. When girls get an education, they build better lives for themselves and their families. And when women have an income, they invest in their children and families, creating benefits for this generation and the next.

When one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings many other people with her, which is why CARE is dedicated to educating girls, fighting inequality by promoting women's voices, and empowering women to build livelihoods by earning an income. Furthermore, by ending gender-based violence CARE helps promote women's rights while tackling early child marriage allows girls to have a better start in life.

By taking part in A Girls' Hike Out you'll be walking in solidarity with women and girls whose lives are still blighted by poverty and inequality. You’ll be showing your support for CARE’s work and help to bring about lasting positive change.

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