Return of the Dawn Chasers Dartmoor Night Hike -
April 7/8th 2018
I'm running our incredible Dawn Chasers Night Hike Event on the 7/8th of April in support of my wife Karens fundraising efforts for the Anthony Nolan Charity. Karen is running the London Marathon and as part of her aim to raise as much as possible for this incredible cause we've decided to put on our Dartmoor Night Hike again as a pure fundraising event.
The cost to enter is £39 (+ eventbrite fees).
This goes towards the cost of the minibus, fuel, hot drinks and snacks at the planned stops and the finishers breakfast. anything left over will go towards the fundraising total. All of our staff on this event have volunteered their time to help keep costs down.
We do expect all participants to pledge to raise a minimum of £120 in sponsorship.
Of course, any you can raise in addition to that would be awesome! Every £60 you raise will add another donor to their register who could potentially be a life-saving match for someone in desperate and urgent need of a stem-cell transplant.
We will provide you with a virginmoneygiving.com fundraising page link when you sign up as well as hard copy sponsor forms. And you’ll get an Anthony Nolan t-shirt too - which will give you something nice and dry to change into at the end of the challenge when we enjoy breakfast together!
A brief overview....
The Dartmoor North>South Night Hike is a 45-50km tough hill walking event from the Northern boundary of Dartmoor, over the moor at night and through to the dawn… until we reach the Southern boundary. Followed by a well deserved breakfast!
One definition of adventure is “a journey with an unknown outcome”. This challenge will be very tough; we might be rewarded with a cloudless, starlit night and an awesome sunrise or we could spend twelve to sixteen hours only just being able to see the back of the person 10ft in front of us. What is certain, is that you will feel a massive sense of achievement and experience incredible camaraderie with your fellow “Dawn Chasers”.
We set off on the hill before sunset to get up high (for hopefully the best views!) as the sun goes down. The Night Hike is epically long; with difficult terrain to challenge your limits when your body and mind want to sleep. After many miles and thousands of feet of ascent, we will near the end and our well-earned breakfast.
2.30am... 20 miles in, another 10 miles still to go. Visibility down to 20ft, with your head torch beam reflecting off the mist that has crept in. Aching legs take your mind off the many haunting stories that, in these conditions, seem all too believable. Cups of hot chocolate are shared around, then it’s head down and onwards - it'll start to get light in a few hours…
Comprising of fifty hard kilometres of hiking this challenge requires constant awareness of where you’re walking. Passing by Cut Hill, one of the remotest points in England and with only one meet of the support vehicle at Princetown or Postbridge, you’ll certainly feel ‘out there’… because you are!
Heading out from the Northern National Park boundary, just outside Belstone, our route winds its way across a variety of tough terrain - rough exposed moorland, sheep paths and the remains of a disused granite railway. We finish at the southern National Park boundary on the outskirts of Ivybridge, before heading off for great breakfast together.