1. Race for Life
  2. Prepare for your event
  3. Training plans
  4. Hiking training plan

Hiking training plan

On your marks, get set, Hike!

Race for Life Hikers

Training is essential once you've signed up to Race for Life Hike, so we're here to support you.

Don't worry if you're a newbie, a stroller or a strider. As soon as you start training we know you'll love walking in the great British countryside to beat cancer sooner.

Our 12 week plan will help you find time, vary terrain and offer advice on the tools you need to cross the finish line. We've also got a 0-60 minute training plan and a plan to help you build up your hiking.

Your Season Pass

When you enter Race for Life Hike, you'll receive a Season Pass in the post. You can use this for free entry into unlimited Race for Life 5k and 10k events to help you train. Just take your pass and your ID to the blue admin tent on the day to register and soak up the atmosphere.

Search below for events in your area and get ready to train!


Race for Life Hiking

You don’t have to spend lots of money on kit for your Hike. But there are some items you’ll need on event day and it’s best to train with these in advance.

  • Walking shoes or boots (not fashion trainers)
  • Small rucksack to carry water and snacks
  • Waterproof anorak
  • Walking poles (not compulsory) are great if you are an inexperienced hiker because they’ll take the strain off your knees and hips. Especially going downhill when you’re feeling tired after a couple of hours walking.

Staying Safe

You could be out for hours at a time when training so it’s important to think safety first. Here are our top tips:


Be sunsmart –carry sun cream, a hat and plenty of water.


Take plasters – break in your new shoes and avoid blisters so you can train the next week.


Consider terrain –stay on recommended walking routes to avoid injuries and slowly build up the number of hills you tackle.


Take a phone – make sure you can call family or 999 for help in an emergency. Also consider a portable charger. Taking photos on your phone drains the battery so what will you do if you get lost?

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Use a map – This could be an app or photo on your phone, or a paper version. It’s not vital but will come in handy if you know how to use it for navigation.

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