Hebridean Cycle Challenge: Charity Cycle and Charity Walk

Charity Walk Information

HCC Poster 2016

*** Entries Close - 10th June 2017 ***

*** Link to All Entry Forms **

*** No Late Entries will be accepted ***

Charity Walk Timings

HCC walk route 2017

HCC Walk Profile 2016

Charity Walk from Tolsta Chaolais to Carloway Community Hall. This is a new off road walk designed by Carloway Estate that will be led by trained guides from the estate.

The walk element will start with registration at Carloway Community Centre. Entrants will follow the route shown in Appendix 1 and will be guided by trained guides. The entrants will be transported by bus to Tolsta Chaolais and will follow the route back to Carloway Community Hall.

The Hebridean Cycle Challenge is an event run by Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association and will be run in coordination with Carloway Estate Trust. It will be open to all public who are over 16 years of age.

Event Entry Fee - £15.00

*** Please note that all entrants must be over 16 on the day of the event. ***

General Information

In order to provide an enjoyable and safe event the organisers have taken all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all participants.  However it is expected of participants to follow the advice below and take responsibility for their own safety and comfort. This list is not exhaustive.

Please do not drop litter on the roads or cross country

If you pull out of the event at any time, you must inform a marshall giving your name and race number. You must also inform them if you are making your own way home or going on to the Scaladale Centre.


The organisers wish to provide a fun and enjoyable day whilst raising funds for local clubs however the walk will require a degree of physical effort.

To get the most out of your day it may be worth considering doing a bit of training in the months leading up to the event. If you are entirely new to exercising, begin with ten-minute walks. Whatever your fitness level, you shouldn't increase your time or mileage by more than 10% to 20% each week.

To warm up, start walking at a leisurely pace, gradually picking it up after three to five minutes. If you are a beginner walker you should start with less mileage until you have built a good base. The longer you have to build this base the better. It is usually recommended that one have a minimum of six to twelve months walking experience prior to beginning a marathon training program. Your muscles, bones, and joints need sufficient time to adapt to walking prior to the stress of adding mileage, so also stretch before, during and after each walk.

Keep a log of the days you walk and how long you walk, in order to track your progress. Build your mileage up gradually you should work up to a consistent pace of about three miles per hour.

In order to be fully prepared for the event, it is also important to train outside, on a variety of surfaces (pavement, gravel, grass, etc.) using the shoes and equipment that you will use on the event. Do not wear new shoes on the event. It will only result in blisters and possibly other injuries.

You can contact your local sports centre for advice and assistance.  It is always advisable to ensure you are in good health prior to commencing a fitness programme and advice should be taken from your GP.


After you've created your ideal training schedule, your next thought might be, "where am I going to find the time to do all this?"

You can build endurance by fitting in small walks throughout your day. Get up a little earlier in the morning and fit in a training walk before work. Walk to work. Walk on your lunch hour. On the weekends, "walk" your errands instead of driving around.

If the weather is a concern, remember that you can get going on training walks indoors or in a gym. Alternatively, you may choose to brave the elements (within reason) with weatherproof clothing and plenty of layers to keep you warm and dry.

In your enthusiasm over training, be sure to take one day off per week to rest, in order to avoid injury. When you're walking with others, don't push yourself beyond your ability. Listen to your body - and keep yourself healthy. You may also consider including a taper period. This is a time prior to the walk when mileage decreases allowing your body to rest and rebuild.

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