About monster FAqs

Find out all you need to know about Maggie's Monster.

  • To ensure the health and safety of our participants we will be pairing all teams of two who leave our Silver checkpoint in Drumnadrochit after 5pm with another team. This will ensure all teams are of adequate size should they need the support of their fellow participants during the challenging 18 miles to our Gold finish. Please listen to the advice of our event staff as your health and safety is of the up-most concern to them.

    In addition, each year, we have to impose cut off times to reach and exit each checkpoint. These are very generous and should allow more than enough time for every participant. Teams cannot leave the checkpoint and continue with the event after these times: Fort Augustus - 16:00pm; Invermoriston - 20:30pm;Drumnadrochit - 02:00am (Sunday).

  • Online medical form submission is now closed. Please download, print and complete the Monster Medical Form & Disclaimer 2014 then bring it with you to registration on Friday 2 May. The form asks you to declare that you are fit and able to participate in the event and that you are responsible for your own personal health and fitness.

  • The earlier you enter your team, the more you’ll save on your team’s registration fee. Our registration fees run for set lengths of time in the lead-up to the event. Please read on for fees and deadlines: 

    £75 per person until Saturday 31 August 2013 at 23h59

    £85 per person until Saturday 30 November 2013 at 23h59

    £95 per person until Friday 28 February 2014 at 23h59

    £110 per person until Monday 31 March 2014 at 23h59

    £125 per person until Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 23h59

    £150 per person until Friday 2 May 2014

  • The early bird or £150 full registration fee is non-refundable and non-negotiable and must be paid to Maggie’s to secure a registration. It pays for materials you receive during the event and for things which are essential for the running of the event - i.e. food at start and finish parties, refreshments en route, masseurs at each finish, medals, t-shirts, first aid, marshals, lighting, signage.

    The registration fee is set at this level to enable Maggie's to cover as many of our events costs as possible so as much of the fundraising from the event as possible goes to directly providing cancer services at our Centres.

  • For the safety of our walkers the minimum team size is two people. You must be with at least one other person when leaving each checkpoint.

    Monster is a team event and we want to encourage you to stick together as a team throughout the event. This will help you keep safe as well as keep up morale and get you and your team to the finish line together. By training together as a team it will help you set a realistic pace that each of the team members are comfortable with. 

    We do understand that it is natural that each person within a team has different fitness levels and walking paces. We will be at the checkpoints and en route to ensure that hikers are not walking alone and join hikers who have broken away from their original team with another team walking at their pace to the next checkpoint.

    To ensure the health and safety of our participants we will be pairing all teams of two who leave our Silver checkpoint in Drumnadrochit after 5pm with another team. This will ensure all teams are of adequate size should they need the support of their fellow participants during the challenging 18 miles to our Gold finish. Please listen to the advice of our event staff as your health and safety is of the up-most concern to them.

    In addition, each year, we have to impose cut off times to reach and exit each checkpoint. These are very generous and should allow more than enough time for every participant. Teams cannot leave the checkpoint and continue with the event after these times: Fort Augustus - 16:00pm; Invermoriston - 20:30pm;Drumnadrochit - 02:00am (Sunday).

  • Yes, you can do this right up until the registration on Friday 2 May 2014 but you cannot replace people on the morning of the event. This is for the purposes of insurance and safety.

    Please ensure you contact us on 0300 123 1801 if you wish to change or cancel anyone’s place. Unfortunately registration fees are non-refundable if you have to cancel someone’s place without replacing them.

  • We would encourage you to join Maggie’s Monster Bike & Hike Facebook page where you can post a request to other Monster participants to join their team.

  • No – for safety and planning purposes, you cannot register for the first time on the morning of the event – you must have registered prior to the event.

    Registration for Monster 2014 is now open! You can sign up online

  • Please refer to the full Event Terms and Conditions.

    • Participants must check in and out of all checkpoints.
    • Participants must wear their participant number throughout the event.
    • You must have only one support vehicle per team, due to space restrictions at some of the checkpoints.
    • Please inform a marshal at a checkpoint if any of your team decide to retire from the event for whatever reason.
    • The time of the last team member to check in at a checkpoint counts as the team time.
    • Dogs can only accompany you on the walking section of the route from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit and must be kept on leads. This is in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access code and is a requirement of the event organisers.
    • Please deposit all litter at checkpoints - not on the Great Glen Way!
    • Please contact our main Event HQ emergency telephone number in case of emergency. This telephone number will be given to you at registration on the eve of the event and will also be printed on your participant number.
    • To ensure the health and safety of our participants we will be pairing all teams of two who leave our Silver checkpoint in Drumnadrochit after 5pm with another team. This will ensure all teams are of adequate size should they need the support of their fellow participants during the challenging 18 miles to our Gold finish. Please listen to the advice of our event staff as your health and safety is of the up-most concern to them.
    • In addition, each year, we have to impose cut off times to reach and exit each checkpoint. These are very generous and should allow more than enough time for every participant. Teams cannot leave the checkpoint and continue with the event after these times: Fort Augustus - 16:00pm; Invermoriston - 20:30pm;Drumnadrochit - 02:00am (Sunday).
  • Finish times are listed online as follows:

    1. All finishers are posted & included in the official event results (gathered via the SportIdent timing chip system) and have therefore been allocated a placing i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.
    2. Anyone finishing as a single person is classified as ‘NC’ (non-competitive) as they did not comply with the event rule on minimum team size i.e. they arrived at the finishing checkpoint alone.
    3. The accolade of ‘first team to finish’ goes to the first complete team of two who come in together.
  • This is the warm up on the eve of the event and it is essential every participant attends. The Preparation Party takes place at the Nevis Centre in the centre of Fort William. It runs from 5:00 - 9:00pm; you can attend at any time during these hours. (Registration will be open from 3.00 - 9:00pm).

    The party includes entertainment, a buffet dinner and the all important safety briefings. The safety briefings last about 15 minutes (4 throughout the evening at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm) and every participant must attend one of them.

    Participants will be given their route map, event t-shirt,goody bag items and car park pass for the checkpoints.

    The hot buffet dinner is provided for all participants and two members of their support team. Preparation Party tickets for additional Support Team members can be purchased on the night. Tickets are £5 and can be bought when you register on the Friday night.

    Support Team beanie hats will also be on sale.

  • We will allocate your start time two weeks before the event and will send confirmation of your start time in an email along with final details and important event information.

    Please note that you cannot request to change your allocated start time to the earlier slot. .

  • In 2013 we had three start times:  6am, 7.45am and 8.30am.  We will base our 2014 start times on these. The first two start times are the most popular and will also be full to capacity. Because of this you cannot change to the earliest start times. 

  • Please contact us on 0300 123 1801 – it may mean you will need to move en masse to a later start time. Where possible we have endeavoured to put all joint teams together in one start time. Or it may mean waiting for your team mates en route to ensure you all reach the checkpoint together!

  • We have to impose cut off times to reach and exit each checkpoint. These are very generous and should allow more than enough time for every participant. Teams cannot leave the checkpoint and continue with the event after these times: Fort Augustus - 16:00pm; Invermoriston - 20:30pm; Drumnadrochit - 02:00am (Sunday).

  • Yes, Athlete's Angels have prepared a training guide for Monster participants going to Bronze, Silver and Gold.

    Monster 2014 Athletes Angels Training Programme

  • If you are hiring a bike from Maggie's you will need to bring your own spare inner tube as stipulated on the Compulsory Kit List and in case replacement is needed on route.

    The hire bikes are all good quality front suspension mountain bikes, valued at around £400 to £600. No tools or tubes are provided with the hire bikes, you must bring your own. The required spare tube size is a 26'' x 2'' mountain bike inner tube, presta (narrow) valve is the most flexible choice as it will fit onto any bike. There will be selection of tubes available for sale at the time of bike collection.

  • We can send these out to you - please contact the Maggie's Monster team by emailing monster@maggiescentres.org or 0300 123 1801.

  • Yes - please download Maggie's Sponsorship Form 2014.

  • Please don’t send us cash through the post, instead bank it and send us a cheque/ postal order to cover the amount. All cheque and postal orders need to be made payable to ‘Maggie’s Centres’ and sent to Maggie’s, The Gatehouse, 10 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6PA.

    Whenever you send money to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, please complete and enclose a Maggie's Monster Paying in form. By doing this you can help us put all your hard earned funds to use in our centres as quickly as possible. If you have any queries about how to bank your funds, please do call us on 0300 123 1801.

  • Maggie’s is here to help you every step of the way. Please get started by reading our Maggie's Fundraising Support Pack. Maggie's ask that every Monster participant raises a minimum of £375. £375 has been set as a target based on what people have raised for Maggie’s before on events like this – we know they can do it and obviously we need the event to raise as much as possible for Maggie’s. This is only a guide though – in 2012, the average amount raised per person was nearer £830 – amazing!

    We ask that you send in as much fundraising money as you can, as soon as you can. It helps us in planning the event and to understand how much the event is raising for Maggie’s.

    Providing your registration is paid, we would not exclude you from taking part if you did not reach the £375 target prior to the event – we simply ask that you commit to raising that amount by participating in the event.

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