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End point of 2011 HK Trailwalker 2011

Trailwalker or Oxfam Trailwalker and the related Trailtrekker are fundraising endurance events conducted across the world by Oxfam, in which teams of four competitors must complete a course of 100 kilometres (62 mi) in a set time limit - typically between 24 and 48 hours. The routes may be point-to-point or follow a circular route returning to the start.


The event was established in 1981 by Brigadier Mervyn Lee in Hong Kong as a training exercise by the Queen's Gurkha Signals, part of the Brigade of Gurkhas of the British Army, which was at the time based in the British colony. In 1986, teams of civilians were allowed to take part and Oxfam Hong Kong was invited to co-organise the event.[1]

In 1997, with the handover of Hong Kong to China, the Gurkha regiments were relocated to the United Kingdom. The Trailwalker event followed the Gurkhas' relocation and was organised over the South Downs in Sussex, with Oxfam in the UK acting as partner since 2002, alongside the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Oxfam Hong Kong continued to organise the original event without the Gurkhas and the event has grown with 17 events now taking place across 10 countries worldwide.[2]

In 2017, Ian Crawford of Petersfield, Hampshire, continuing his support of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and aged 74 years old, completed a record 19th UK Trailwalker in a time of 29hrs 34mins. [3]


Country Location Start Finish Time Limit Year
Hong Kong Maclehose Trail Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Yuen Long 48 hours 1981
United Kingdom Trailwalker South Downs Petersfield Brighton Racecourse 30 hours 1997
United Kingdom Trailtrekker Yorkshire Dales Skipton Skipton 30 hours 2009
Ireland Trailtrekker Newcastle, County Down Donark Park Carlingford 30 hours 2009
Australia Sydney Hawkesbury River Seaforth 48 hours 1999
Australia Melbourne Jells Park, Wheelers Hill Wesburn Park, Yarra Valley 48 hours 2003
Australia Brisbane Mt Glorious Mt Coot-tha 48 hours 2011
Australia Perth Darlington Lesmurdie 48 hours 2013
New Zealand Whakatane Edgecumbe Whakatane 48 hours 2019
Japan Odawara City Lake Yamanaka 48 hours 2007
Belgium High Fens Bütgenbach Eupen 30 hours 2008
France Parc du Morvan, Bourgogne 30 hours 2010
France Vallee d'Abondance in the Haut-Savoie, [] 30 hours 2014
Germany Spessart Bad Orb Bad Orb 30 hours 2010
Spain Girona Olot Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Costa Brava) 32 hours 2011
Spain Madrid Valle de Lozoya [[]] ([[]]) 32 hours
India Bengaluru Anekal or Mekedaatu Eagelton-Bidadi 48 hours 2012
India Mumbai Mulshi Lake Lonavala 48 hours 2012
Spain Euskadi Vitoria Mountains Vitoria Mountains 32 hours 2017
Korea Gurye and Jiri MT. in Jeollanam Guyre Natural Dream Park Guyre Natural Dream Park 38 hours 2017

Common rules[edit]

There are some common rules across all the Trailwalker and Trailtrekker events.

  • Each team must have four members, who are required to cross all checkpoints and finish line together, although teams may continue with only three members if one has to retire.
  • The Trailwalker event course, referred to as 'the trail,' is 100 kilometres long.
  • Participants should also organise a support team, plan and start their training schedule at least three months before the event.
  • All teams must raise a minimum sponsorship amount. Failure to raise the stated amount could mean teams do not take part in the scheduled event. Teams failing to meet the required amount approx $1600 are given an opportunity in the next years event with no refunds on entry fees and fund already raised. Teams raising over the threshold will take priority in registering for Oxfam Trailwalker next year.

Macau TrailWalker[edit]

In mid-2010, Upward Bound Unlimited (UBU),[4] a Macau-based company which organizes sports tourism events in the Pearl River Delta region, and Macau's main English-language daily newspaper, the Macau Daily Times, announced that a cross-country hiking event called "Macau TrailWalker"[5] would be held later in the year with the support of the local Macau authorities.[6] The event was held on 9 October 2010[7] on the outer island of Coloane and consisted of a 30 km category and a 12 km category.

Prior to the event, Oxfam Hong Kong issued a press release stating among other things that it was not associated with the event or any of its organizers (nor had it been contacted by them), that it did not approve nor endorse the event, that no sponsorship money from the event would be used in any Oxfam aid work, and that it "reserved the right to take appropriate legal action to protect the Trailwalker name".[8]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Oxfam Trailwalker | Oxfam International". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ "Petersfield man is hiking the trail for the 19th time". Petersfield Post. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2010-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [2] Archived October 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "'TrailWalker to discover Coloane', Macau Daily Times, 28 June 2010". 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  7. ^ "1st Macau Trailwalker, October 9, 2010 - Part 1". YouTube. 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  8. ^ "Oxfam Hong Kong's Statement Regarding "Macau TrailWalker" 2010-09-02". 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2013-09-10.

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