- How long is the walk?At least 40 miles
- When does the walk take place?Every year in June- the Saturday nearest the longest day (mostly)
- What is the walk start time?The walk starts at 04:00.
- How much does it cost to enter?£5 only
- Is there a minimum age to participate?
YES. You must be at least 14 on the day of the walk to participate. If you are under the age of 18, your entry form MUST be counter signed by a parent or guardian.
- How much money am I expected to raise?As much as you possibly can …..however a minimum of £40
- How do I enter?Download an application form using the link below, fill in and post with your cheque for £5 to Joe Mason (1 New Street, Bakestone Moor, Whitwell, Worksop, Notts S80 4QN). Make the cheque payable to Louise Smalley Fund. If you live locally you can put your completed application form with £5 cash if you prefer through Joes letter box.
Application forms also available from Whitwell Community Centre and the Royal Oak Pub in Whitwell
- How do I get a sponsor form?This will be sent to you once your application form is received and approved.
- What’s the closing date for applications?31st May each year
- What can I do to prepare for the walk?Don’t attempt to practice the full 40 miles. However walking the route in smaller sections is a definite advantage. Look on the website and try some of the leg warmer routes, join some of the training walks or simply strap your boots on and get out and walk as many reasonable distance walks as you can. Also don’t forget to attend the pre-walk meeting at The Royal Oak on the Friday evening the week before the walk.
- How difficult is it?It is an extreme type event. Some find the walk easy…..others do not. The distance of 40 miles will always be difficult to some degree. DO NOT assume it is easy because “you are only walking after all”. Blisters could be your downfall along with “Chaffing”. See “Joe’s Top 5 Tips” to help you through the day.
- How will I know where to go?You will be issued with a very detailed route description when you check in. This will also be available from the website along with area maps.
Please be aware – we may update the route on several occasions due to events beyond our control.
The most accurate route description is the one we issue on the day of the walk.
- What will I need to carry on the day?
Carry a back or waist/hip pack with sufficient room for food and drink to be consumed between checkpoints (and maybe beyond – if you get lost.) There are 8 checkpoints along the route with plenty of hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, crisps, cakes & snacks. A hot bacon or sausage sandwich is available at the first 2 checkpoints. Your bottle can be refilled at these service points. We have an experienced support team who will make sure you are fed & cheered on throughout the day.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A FOOD ALLERGY, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU CARRY YOUR OWN SUPPLIES; OR PLACE THESE ON THE SUPPORT VANS THE EVENING BEFORE THE WALK. THESE MUST BE IN CLEARLY LABELED AND IN SEALED CONTAINERS.
You are required to bring with you at least one 500ml refillable water bottle.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT ISSUE PLASTIC BOTTLES OF WATER AT CHECKPOINTS BUT WE WILL HAPPILY REFILL ANY WATER BOTTLE FOR YOU. Remember the first checkpoint is at around 11 miles.
FOR 2020 – We will be trialing a GPS tracking system. This will monitor the progress of walkers, collect split times as you pass through checkpoints and provide a live web feed of your location. In order to do this, each walker will be given a small tracker which weighs approximately 60g and is about the size of a match box. These are being hired from Open Tracking (https://www.opentracking.co.uk/). You will be responsible for the safe passage of your tracker along the entire route. If you break it – you have bought it. If you lose it, you’ve got to find it and bring it home!
- What happens if it’s raining?
Simple — you get wet!
We plan long and hard towards walk day….it is not possible to postpone the walk simply because of inclement weather. We still walk; watch the weather & pack rain wear accordingly. Pack sun cream if it’s going to be sunny.
- What medication will be available?NONE. Under NO circumstances will the support crews supply medication of any kind, including Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Paracetamol. Therefore, please carry any medication that you may require. First Aid support is available on the day
and will question any medication that you may have taken.
- How will I know the route?Maps & route descriptions are available to download from route section of the website from about the end of February. Please be aware that there may be changes to the route up to the day of the walk. A copy of the official route description will be provided at registration on the day. However, you are encouraged to walk sections of the route during your practice walks beforehand. Getting lost on a 40 mile walk can be very disheartening.
- Do we get a certificate?You will receive a certificate on the day. We hold a presentation night in November to present the monies raised to the nominated charity. You will receive a badge at his event, which is usually held at Whitwell Community Centre.
The day after- Don’t forget to join us on the Sunday from 1pm at the Royal Oak to share your walk stories & compare blisters!