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2020/21 Walk Update

With 2020 drawing to a close and New Year's resolutions around the corner, the K2B Committee wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and advise of our plans for the next year.

The Committee plan to keep in close contact with local Councils and Cumbria Police to understand how things are changing and what we can achieve in terms of an event. We plan to make a firmer announcement in March for the year but would like to share the provisional stance.

While news of the vaccine being distributed is excellent news, we do not believe we will be able to hold a full event in May.

The 2020 postponed K2B and C2B walks are pencilled in for 18th September 2021. This will of course be subject to the guidelines at the time but we are hopeful that by this point the situation will be such that the walk can go ahead.

We plan to hold the Resolution Cup Challenge that was postponed in September 2020 prior to the full walk in September 2021 if circumstances allow.

All walkers already registered for the 2020 walk will remain so and teams will remain as is. We look to reopen registration in May which will allow team coordinators to modify their teams and if spaces are available new walkers to join.

 

The Walk Day In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone number has changed. It is now 0777 888 4020. The new number will be printed on lanyards and route cards.

Approaching the walk

Team registration

Each team co-ordinator (or their nominated representative) should confirm team details, and collect route cards, timing tags and lanyards on the day before the walk. This final team registration takes place at Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow. See EVENT INSTRUCTIONS for more information.

Accommodation

If you're visiting the area and looking for overnight accommodation, we generally recommend that you find a hotel or guest house in the area of Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, or Ulverston. That way, you can catch one of our Happy Buses to the start, walk back to Barrow, and you're close to your accommodation. Note that we do not provide transport from the finish back to the start.

Final preparations

Try to have a relaxing Friday evening with a leisurely meal (not too much beer!) and a good night’s sleep – which is not always easy to achieve. Make sure your toenails are cut short. Sort out your bags into what you will carry, what to give your support crew, and what you will leave behind. Endeavour to be unflustered and at peace with yourself and the outside world.

What to wear on the walk

The walk is mostly on hard-surfaced paths and tarmac roads, so we recommend lightweight "running" gear (not walking boots and woolly jumpers), ie:

  • Trainers
  • Socks
  • Shorts or comfortable trousers
  • T-shirt
  • An additional layer such as a sweatshirt or hoodie (to be worn or carried as necessary)
  • Hi-viz vest, jacket or arm bands

What else to bring

Try to carry as little as possible, and arrange to meet up with your support team for changes of clothes, extra food, etc. We suggest that you consider carrying the following:

  • Lightweight energy snacks
  • Drinks
  • Mobile phone (fully charged)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (it often rains in the Lake District)
  • Suncream (the weather in the Lake District is very unpredictable)
  • Blister plasters (not essential as first aid is provided on the route)
  • Spare socks
  • Talcum powder (to put on your feet when you change your socks)
  • Vaseline (to put on places that rub)
  • Any medicines that you may need

Before you set off

There is NO PARKING available for walkers or supporters at either the K2B or C2B starts. Please make sure that  everything you need for the start is ready, as there is no opportunity to re-pack or get changed when you arrive. Check the K2B website to confirm that the event is running to plan, and check the weather forecast. This is especially important if the weather is bad, as late changes may be made to walk arrangements for health & safety reasons, etc.