All your Great Hospital Hike questions answered. For any other queries or concerns, please reach out to member of our community fundraising team at info@supportkings.org.uk. We would love to talk to you. 


Essential Information

When and where is the Great Hospital Hike?

The Great Hospital Hike will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021. 

  • The 17 mile Great Hospital Hike will set off from the bandstand in Ruskin Park, next to King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill (SE5 9BD)
  • The 3 mile Little Hospital Hike will set off from The George pub in Hayes (BR2 7LE)
  • The finish line (for both routes) is at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley (BR6 8ND). 

How much does it cost to sign up?

  • Adults (16 and over) - £15 
  • Children (15 and under) - £15 (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust staff - £5 (Promo code available via Kingsweb)

Registration fees go towards covering the cost of the event and are non refundable. 

What is included in the registration pack? 

  • Great Hospital Hike shirt
  • "I'm hiking for..." bib
  • Finisher's medal (awarded upon completion of the event)

Can we sign up as a team? 

  • Yes! Teams must be no more than 6 people. 
  • To register as a team, one team member can register on behalf of all participants and then each participant will receive an email to complete their registration.
  • If you have already registered but would like to form or join a team, simply drop us an email at info@supportkings.org.uk

What is the Great Hospital Hike in aid of? 

The Great Hospital Hike is a charity walk in aid of King's College Hospital Charity, which is dedicated so supporting life-changing care for patients at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. ​For advice on how to make the most of your fundraising, please get in touch with our Community Fundraising team at info@supportkings.org.uk.  

What is the minimum sponsorship target?

By participating in The Great Hospital Hike you are agreeing to raise a minimum of £150.00 for King’s College Hospital Charity. Any money raised in connection with The Great Hospital Hike must be forwarded to the Charity within four weeks of the date of the event.

Who can take part?

  • This walk is open to people of all ages and fitness levels.
  • If you are under 16 then you must take part with a parent or guardian.
  • If you have any medical conditions that might be affected by taking part we advise you to check with your GP before registering.
  • If you have access requirements please let us know in advance. There are parts of the route that will be more challenging in a wheelchair so our staff and volunteers will be able to support you on the day and guide you along suitable diversions where required.
  • We would advise against taking a child in a pushchair on the full 17 mile route. The 3 mile Little Hospital Hike follows woodland tracks that (depending on weather) may be muddy, but should be easily navigable with a suitable buggy. 

What are the COVID-19 protocols?

  • Participants will be sent information before the event specifically detailing the COVID-19 compliance protocols and information will also be communicated through our website and emails.
  • We want the event to be a simple and stress-free journey for all our participants and you can help with this by taking the time to read the information we send through very carefully and understanding what is expected of you on the event site. All participants attending the event must comply with our compliant protocols. 

What will happen on the day? 

To help manage the flow of hikers around the event site we may ask you to arrive at the site via a specific pre-designated access point. We may also stagger arrival times so that we are able to safely manage the flow of people, reduce the number of participants at any one point, and maintain safe social distancing at the start of the event. We will use QR codes for on the day event registration to reduce queuing and contact.

The 17 mile Great Hospital Hike will set off from the bandstand in Ruskin Park, next to King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill (SE5 9BD)

  • To help participants stay safe on the route we may need to regulate the flow of hikers onto the route. Each wave group will be walked up to the start line ahead of their start time and hikers will be slowly released onto the route to give good spacing and improve safe running conditions on the route. Each start will take more time than usual but please be patient as this will improve the conditions out on the route.
  • 8:00am - earliest registration 
  • 8:30am – 10:30am – start walking in waves
  • The walk will take around 6 to 8 hours to complete, so walkers can expect to finish between 3pm - 6:30pm. 
  • There will be a cut off point at The George in Hayes at 16:30, so if you arrive after this time then we will move you forward along the route to the finish so that you will complete the walk before sunset.

The 3 mile Little Hospital Hike will set off from The George pub in Hayes (BR2 7LE) 

  • 12:30pm - Earliest registration
  • 13:00pm - Group warm up and safety briefing
  • 13:15pm - Start walking!
  • The walk will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, so walkers can expect to finish around 3:30pm. 

The Little Hospital Hike joins the Great Hospital Hike at the 14 mile mark, and follows the same route for the final 3 miles. The finish line (for both routes) is at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley (BR6 8ND). 

What is the route like?

  • The 17 mile Great Hospital Hike will start in Ruskin Park, which is situated next door King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill, and head east to quiet residential roads. After reaching Camberwell Old Cemetery the route will follow the Green Chain walk which showcases some of London’s best green spaces such as the Horniman Museum gardens, Dulwich Woods, Sydenham Wells Park, Crystal Palace Park, Beckenham Place Mansion and Stumphill Wood. The route then continues on to Hayes via a mix of quiet roads broken up by local parks and wooded trails.
  • The 3 mile Little Hospital Hike will then join the route at The George pub in Hayes and everyone will take the continue to the PRUH using off road footpaths and forest trails.
  • The route will be marked and marshalled, however we will also email walkers a map to download before or on the day as a back up.

How difficult/accessible is the walk?

  • Anyone of a good level of fitness can complete this walk easily. It's not a race, although all walkers need to finish by 18:00.
  • The route is relatively flat, however it’s undulating in parts, particularly around Dulwich and Beckenham. 
  • The route is mainly step free and the terrain is made up of paved footpaths, woodland paths and some areas of muddy bridleway.
  • If you have access needs please speak to a member of the team before registration so we can explain how our staff can support you on the day in order for you to complete the route.
  • Off-road style buggies should be ok, however we would recommend that people with small children take part in the 3 mile Little Hospital Hike. 

Will there be rest stops along the way?

  • We want to make the event environmentally sustainable; we also want to make sure it is safe. We may ask you to plan your hydration strategy for the event and bring your own water however rest assured we will have 3 hydration points on the route which will be self-service and re-stocked by event staff in PPE. There will also be water available at the finish.
  • There are 3 water stops along the route where you can refill your water bottle.
    • Sydenham Wells Park, SE26 6LA - 4.5 miles
    • Beckenham Place Park, Homestead Cafe, BR3 1SY - 9 miles
    • The George pub in Hayes, BR2 7LE - 14 Miles
  • To help us ensure minimal impact on the environment we ask you to bring your own (ideally reusable) water bottle on the day. We recommend 0.75 or 1 litre.
  • The toilets will be frequently cleaned throughout the event and we will have hygiene points at the entrances and exits to ensure that participants are able to stay safe. 

What should I wear?

As part of your registration you will receive a Great Hospital Hike t-shirt, which we would love you to wear with pride on the day (and keep as a souvenir afterwards). In case it's cold, we would recommend going up a size so you can wear layers underneath.

Footwear

  • 17 miles is a long way and it’s important you are comfortable and safe. You aren’t climbing a mountain, however you are walking for 6-8 hours on uneven and sometimes muddy paths so jeans and wellies aren’t a good idea! 
  • Please wear sturdy footwear. We would advise flat hiking boots, walking shoes or running trainers. The important thing is they need to be well worn in and supportive.
  • Please note that for health and safety reasons you will not be able to take part on the day in canvas trainers i.e. Converse, flip flops or any shoes with a heel. 

Clothing

  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you are prepared in case of rain.
  • When you are walking you are likely to heat up, so 4-5 thin layers (with a waterproof coat over the top) is ideal. You don't want to be carrying a big heavy coat with you, so lightweight removable layers that fit in your bag will be handy. A hat, scarf and gloves are also great ways to keep your extremities from getting cold without overheating.
  • We would advise against jeans or anything that will be heavy and slow drying if it does rain.
  • Avoid anything that may cause chafing i.e. bulky seams and rough, manmade fibres.

How do I travel to and from the event?

The event is easily accessible via public transport. 

  • The start of the 17 mile Great Hospital Hike is at the bandstand in Ruskin Park, SE5 9BD, a 5 minute walk from Denmark Hill train station. 
  • The start of the 3 mile Little Hospital Hike is at The George Pub, BR2 7LE, a 10 minute walk from Hayes train station.
  • The finish is at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), BR6 8ND which is a short bus or taxi ride from Bromley South train station
  • For those travelling from Bromley (or wishing to leave their car at the finish line), there will be a coach travelling from the PRUH to Denmark Hill in the morning.

Can friends and family come and support? 

Our spectator policy will be shared closer to event day however we may need to ask you to limit the number of supporters you bring with you on the day and that they will not be able to wait at the finish line to watch you cross it.  

What happens if I can't finish the walk? 

If you reach the final checkpoint in Hayes after 5pm, or you are unable to complete the walk due to fitness or medical reasons, we will endeavour to shuttle you towards the finish line.  

Can I take part virtually? 

Yes! Sign up for the Virtual Great Hospital Hike an you'll have until the end of September to complete a 3 or 17 mile route of your choice, at your pace, wherever you are.  

Will I get a registration pack?
Yes, and you’ll also receive your finisher's medal in the post once you’ve completed your hike.  The hike must be completed by the end of September.

How do I fundraise?

You'll need to set up a JustGiving page and connect a Strava account to map and record your route.

How much does it cost?
Registration is £15.
 

Where can I find the event Terms & Conditions?

You can read the full terms and conditions for the Great Hospital Hike here