Do I need to register on the day?
There will be no registration on the day of the event. All registration needs to be completed before the day of the event and the closing date for registration is the 5th March 2012. Two weeks before the event, we will be sending you your walk pack with all the information that you will need for the day. This pack will include your walker number and timing chip.
Can I get food and drink on the day?
An Exeter Chiefs match day pasty and a pint will be provided free of charge upon your return . You are welcome to bring your own refreshments to consume on the walk and we suggest that you bring water with you as well, but no alcohol will be permitted within the event site or during the walk.
What is the route of the walk?
The 10K walk will begin and end at the home of the Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park Stadium. The route will be well sign posted on the day of the walk and marshals will be there to point you in the right direction, there will also be maps of the route available to collect before you start the walk.
What is the terrain like?
The walk has been designed for men of all ages and fitness levels and although there is some hill walking involved, the gradients of the hills are not too demanding. Some of the terrain is pavement walking and foot paths but Ludwell Valley Park it is grass underfoot and may be wet and slippy if it has been raining. Walking boots or walking trainers are recommended.
How long will the walk take?
The walk is definitely not a race and there will be no pressure to finish within a certain time. We anticipate that it will take anything from two to four hours to complete.
How do I get there?
By rail – Nearest rail station is Exeter Digby Sowton – 15 minutes walk (0.7 miles approx). Exeter Digby Sowton is on the main Exeter – Exmouth line. The stadium and the event will be sign posted from the station.
By bus – Service 52 A, B or C (Exeter to Sidmouth). You alight at the Bishops Court bus stop and walk across the road up Apple Lane. At the end of Apple Lane, there is a pathway signposted “Sandy Park Rugby Stadium”; at the top of the path turn left and walk across the big white bridge.
There is also a bus service from the R D & E Hospital to the Digby Park & Ride (PR3). This service is located by Exeter Digby Sowton Railway Station.
Alternatively, you can catch the H2 service from the City Centre; alight at the Tescos roundabout (near Pizza Hut). You then walk left into Digby Drive and follow this road down to Digby Sowton Railway Station.
Drop off- There is a drop off point at the stadium complex from the A379 for taxis and those being transported by friends and relatives.
By Car - Car parking for the event is to be confirmed so watch this space and we will let you know of available carparking for the event as soon as possible.
What happens if I cannot finish the Walk?
If you cannot finish the walk and feel you might need to stop and pull out at any point. Please tell your nearest volunteer marshal who will be able to assist you. If you need to pull out please notify us and hand in your timing chip so that we know that you are safe.
Will it be safe?
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. We do ask that you bring your mobile phone if you have one, and that it is switched on, fully charged and with plenty of credit on it.
Will there be anywhere to leave valuables?
Unfortunately there are no facilities to store your possessions so please do make sure that you only bring essential items with you.
Will there be first aid facilities?
We will have first aiders available at Sandy Park stadium and out on the route of the walk.
Will there be toilets on the route?
Toilet facilities will be available at the start and the end of the route.
What should I wear?
We recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothes (including your Men's Walk T-shirt!). The walk will not be sheltered so you may need to bring some wet weather gear too. We suggest that you wear layers which you can put on and take off as needed.
Your shoes are the most important item of clothing. Wear footwear that you feel comfortable in: this could be trainers or hiking boots. Make sure that whatever footwear you decide to walk in are well-worn in.
I have a disability can I still take part?
Disabled entrants are very welcome to take part but due to the nature of the event, we ask you to contact us prior to completing the form as in certain cases participation may be more difficult.
Do I need to train?
The Men's Walk is a fun walk and not designed to be a challenge event, however it is 7.5miles long! The walk does have several steep hills and takes you through the countryside terrain of Ludwell Valley Park so please be aware that it will be challenging in parts.
Can we walk as a group?
Yes. Absolutely. When registering as a group each participant needs to fill in their own form. Tell us your team name and let us know how you have raised money in a group.
Can I take part in the Men's Walk alone?
Although you can enter the Men's Walk alone, we recommend that you encourage some friends or family members to take part with you. However, it should be a great way to make new friends!
What time can I arrive?
The walk starts at 1.30pm and we ask you to get there with plenty of time to park, hand in your sponsorship money and collect your Men's Walk T-shirt.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately due to the no dogs policy at the Exeter Chiefs Stadium we cannot allow your four legged friends to join you on the walk.
Do I need to raise a certain amount of money?
We have not set a minimum sponsorship amount that you need to raise, we do ask that you raise as much as you can! We will send you a sponsorship form when you register for the event. Alternatively, email us to request a sponsorship form. There are lots of great tips for raising money and on setting up an online justgiving page on the Fundraising Ideas page on this website. Check out our fundraising Ideas page for easy and fun fundraising tips and ideas.
Can I Gift Aid my sponsorship?
You can ask each person who sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the gift aid box on the sponsorship form. Any personal donations are eligible for Gift Aid. Please make sure your sponsors fill in their complete home address and postcode, otherwise we are unable to claim Gift Aid.
Can I hand in my sponsorship money on the day?
Yes!- Please bring your sponsorship money with you on the day to hand in before the walk (cheques made payable to Hospiscare). This is the easiest way of handing in your sponsorship money or if you would prefer not to handle any money at all you can choose to set up a justgiving page and all the money comes directly to Hospiscare!
How old do I need to be?
Entry for the Men's Walk is open to entrants aged 12 and over. An adult guardian must accompany each entrant aged under 16 for the duration of the walk and we must have a signed parental consent form filled in by each under 16's legal parent or guardian.
For school and youth groups there must be a ratio of two adults per five pupils. The guardian must sign the registration form in the space provided and enter separately for the Men's Walk. The registrations forms must then be submitted together and the full entry fee is applicable for both entrants.
Why can only men walk?
We feel this really is a boys day out! We do, however, need lots of volunteers on the day so any ladies out there who want to get involved please contact us about joining the team! Or why not take part in out Midnight Walks 2012? see www.womensmidnightwalks.co.uk for more details.
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