Race the Tide

On 10 and 11 September we’re heading to the Northumberland countryside where we’ll walk through the beautiful and demanding terrain of St Cuthbert’s Way. After a gruelling overnight hike of 24 hours, hundreds of walkers will cross the finish line on the ancient Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Join #TeamARUK

We know our supporters are amazing, so join #TeamARUK and show us just how much you want to defeat dementia!


About Race the Tide

St Cuthbert’s Way is a long distance walk of 100km (62 miles). It starts in the picturesque market town of Melrose in the Scottish borders and finishes on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which can only be reached during low tide. The walk should take about 24 hours and our walkers will complete it in one go, racing to beat the tide. To conquer the hilly terrain and fatigue of walking through the night you’ll need to be physically fit with enough time to train and prepare. If you’re committed your sense of achievement will last a lifetime!

You’ll also need to pay a £50 registration fee and pledge to raise a minimum of £400 sponsorship money* for Alzheimer’s Research UK. We’ll provide lots of tips and advice to help you raise as much as possible to help us defeat dementia.

Click for the detailed trek itinerary

*£400 excludes company matched funding

You’ll be walking through day and night and into the next day. Make sure you read Discover Adventure’s training guide to answer your training needs

We’ve got some top tips to help with your fundraising. Download our resources to help you reach your target and beyond!

Make sure you have everything you need for your challenge – check out our kit list.

Download a poster to give a surge to your fundraising.

Have questions about Race the Tide? Read the organiser’s Frequently Asked Questions and be in the know.

Why I’m Racing the Tide to beat down dementia

I’m going to walk, run, nay stagger the length of St. Cuthbert’s Way over the weekend of September 10 and 11.

See more

Race the Tide soundtrack

With training underway, we asked Team ARUK their favourite workout soundtrack.

Read more

Race the Tide blog

Our team in the office have been reminiscing about their favourite hikes; and the toughest ones!

See more

Online fundraising tips

Yozzie from our Corporate Fundraising team shares her top tips for raising the most cash through your Race the Tide page.

Find out more

Why I'm Racing The Tide

Ross from AXA Insurance, which is partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK, shares what motivated him to take on the Race The Tide challenge.

Read more
night camping

How to prepare for hiking at night

Race the Tide in a tough 30 hour non-stop hike from Berwick to Lindisfarne island. “Non-stop” is the important word there – it means that we’ll be walking through the night in the depths of the Northumbrian darkness.

Read more

Photo – Lindisfarne Castle by Matthew Hartley is licensed under CC BY 2.0