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Can You ‘HACK IT' this September in London?

Published: 27th April 2012 16:06

It's time to pull on some hiking boots and take to the streets of London to help end cruelty to children in the UK. The NSPCC ‘s HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) is back for the third year in London and the charity is looking for people who want a real physical challenge to sign up to take part.

London HACK participants can choose to take on either the 10 mile or 20 mile challenge, which takes place on Saturday 15 September. Starting at Hays Galleria, the route travels over the Millennium Bridge, up to Downing Street, in to Whitehall and through Hyde Park. Participants will then head to Regents Park, where they will reach the 10 mile mark. Those continuing with the 20 mile challenge will head to Primrose Hill and onto Victoria Embankment, up to Cannon Street and along Tower Hill, reaching the welcome finish line back at Hays Galleria.

Walkers will be able to take in the sights of Central London with many famous landmarks including Tate Modern, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, along the route.

Debbie Knights, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager, said: "Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep fit campaign, and taking part is an amazing challenge and experience. The London HACK will be a fabulous day out in the great outdoors and a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support ChildLine 25. Why not sign up with a group of friends or colleagues and make it a real team challenge."

The HACK challenge can be great fun, but is hard work. Whether people decide to walk 10 miles or the whole 20 mile route, this will be a demanding physical challenge, and the NSPCC recommends people who register, undertake some training before hand. 

On average it should take between two to three hours for the 10 mile HACK and between four and five hours for the 20 mile HACK (without breaks). There will be checkpoints and marshals on route, with radio contact between all checkpoints and the control centre.

Weather conditions can change quickly, so suitable walking boots, clothing and accessories, such as a rucksack, are recommended for all walkers.  Check out the training tips section on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/londonhack for more information.

The HACK is open to people aged 18 years and over. The registration fee is £10 for the 10 mile walk and £20 for the 20 mile walk. For further details and online registrations and payments, please log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/londonhack or contact HACK, NSPCC, 1st Floor, Ash House, Woodlands Business Park, Linford Wood West, Milton Keynes, MK14 6ET. Tel: 01908 328060 or email londonhack@nspcc.org.uk. Final registration date is 7 September 2012.

Once the registration is complete, entrants will receive a walker's pack which includes training and fundraising tips, start time and further details of the route. Participants can then begin collecting sponsorship pledges from friends, family and colleagues.



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