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Walk for charity: Cateran Yomp 2019

Written by Fiona

March 05 2019

There are still places for participants in the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity: The Cateran Yomp 2019. Taking place this year from June 8 to 9, the Cateran Yomp challenges walkers to take on a long-distance hike.

There is a choice of three routes for teams of three to six people:

  • 54-mile gold
  • 36-mile silver
  • 22-mile bronze.

All routes start in the town of Blairgowrie and follow the waymarked Cateran Trail through Perthshire and Angus,

Teams have up to 24 hours to finish their chosen distance.

The event raises funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which supports soldiers, veterans and their families.

Read: 18 tips for success.

What is the Cateran Yomp?

The Cateran Yomp’s roots are military, where “yomp” is the term for a long-distance march. Whether you choose to walk, speed-hike or yomp, it’s a serious physical undertaking to sign up for the full 54 miles.

However, if you train properly and build up the mileage over a few months, the yomp is possible for many people. There are two other shorter yomps if you prefer, too.

Many people report that they like the motivation of raising funds for ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. The Yomp exists to raise money to support soldiers, veterans and their families. Each participant is asked to commit to raising £400 in sponsorship.

ver eight years, the Cateran Yomp has raised more than £3.4million for the charity.

Training tips for the Cateran Yomp

You should plan ahead by around three month or more for the Cateran Yomp.

Get into the habit of walking everywhere that you can, such as to work, to go to the shops of to see friends.

Aim to exercise at least four times a week and add in other sports to provide variety to your training, while still building up your fitness

Aim to complete increasingly longer walks at weekends on varied terrain

Find a training partner so that you have someone to motivate you and make plans with.

Become familiar with your kit, including walking bots, backpack, poles and waterproof clothing.

Make sure you have completed your maximum training distance by the end of May to allow two weeks of lighter training for the event.
As you train, think about how you will fundraise.

How to enter

Standard registration is £99 per person (£80pp military or ex-military).

There is an early bird offer of £80 and £60, respectively before February 28, 2018.

The fee covers the whole weekend experience, including camping, food, drink, a few surprises and activities along the route.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a team, any individuals or pairs will be grouped together with individuals of similar abilities

Contact: Cateran Yomp.

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