Big Walk FAQ’s

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+ - How will Coronavirus affect this event?

We are constantly monitoring the situation, taking into account current government guidelines and adjusting the measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Our primary focus is on keeping our participants, volunteers and staff safe. We have carried out a thorough Covid-19 secure risk assessment for every aspect of the event and put in place many procedures to limit the risk of transmission such as:

  • changing the routes from linear to circular routes therefore mitigating the risk of shuttling people on coaches to their start points
  • implementing staggered start times
  • only allowing participants to walk in groups of 6
  • moving registration / deregistration outside so the whole event is outdoors
  • putting in queuing systems at registration and water stops which include hand sanitising and social distancing measures
  • temperature checks
  • the appropriate use of PPE
  • increased cleaning regime at touch points
  • one way systems

Upon registering, we ask you to wear a mask and to stick to your social bubble group of 6 people maximum during the event.

+ - Can I sign up on the day?

No sign ups will be allowed on the day as we have to implement covid secure procedures so we need to have confirmation of participant numbers in advance.

You must sign up by midnight on 21st April.

+ - How long will it take me to walk 18 miles?

It depends on your walking speed. The average walking speed of an adult is about 3 miles per hour, or 1 mile every 15 to 20 minutes.

We’d recommend a couple of shorter practise walks to determine your walking speed.

+ - What if I am unable to finish the walk?

When you register you will be given an emergency contact number in case you have any problems on the route and are unable to finish.

A support team will be available to collect you and bring you back to headquarters.

+ - What if I need to change my chosen route before the event?

You can change your chosen route at any time but we would ask that you let the organisers know in advance by contacting kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org

+ - Which route is best for families with young children?

All routes are suitable for families as long as you do not have buggies and depending on fitness.

The best route for very young children or people with limited mobility would be the Superhero Mile.

+ - Can I run the route?

You are welcome to run the route but we ask that you are considerate to walkers, especially along narrow stretches.

+ - Is parking available?

Parking is available at the John Colet School where you will register and take the shuttle bus to your chosen start point.

+ - Are dogs allowed on the walk?

Dogs are very welcome on the walk, however they are not allowed in the hall at the John Colet School or on the Superhero Mile route.

Dogs must be kept on leads at all times on the 18, 12 and 6 mile routes.

+ - Is water available at all of the water stops?

Water re-fills are available free of charge at every water stop, however we advise bringing your own full water bottle.

+ - Are there toilets on the route?

There are no toilets on this section of the Ridgeway.

+ - Is the route sign posted or do we get a map?

You will be provided with a GPX of the route.

The Ridgeway section of the route is very well signposted as it is a National Trail.

+ - Do I have to raise sponsorship?

You are not obliged to raise sponsorship, however your entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the walk, but it’s the money you raise through sponsorship that goes towards helping us support the inspirational children and young families at Pace.

While there is no minimum target, we hope you’ll aim to raise as much as possible. If everyone aimed to raise just £60- £100 each, we could raise thousands to help support disabled children.

+ - How can I raise sponsorship?

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is by using your fundraising page which is automatically set up when you register.

Once you have registered, you can start promoting your challenge to family, friends and colleagues and potential sponsors. See our fundraising tips which offers advise on how to do this.

If you would rather collect sponsorship using a sponsor form contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org

+ - What do I do with my sponsorship money after the event?

Money raised via your online fundraising page comes directly to us, so there’s no need to do anything.

Any money raised offline can be sent with your sponsorship form to Pace, 156 Wendover Rd, Aylesbury, HP22 5TE.

Alternatively you can send any funds via bank transfer. Contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org for our bank details.

+ - I don't want to walk, can I volunteer instead?

Yes we are always looking for volunteers and the success of the BIG Walk relies heavily on the amazing support from our volunteers on the day.

For more information on volunteer roles, contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org

+ - I am unable to make the date, can I still do the walk and support Pace?

Yes, the routes are all along public footpaths/trails so you could choose to walk one of the routes at a date to suit you.

Or you could set your own route, track it on Strava and raise sponsorship to help support the children and young people at Pace.

Contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org to discuss this further.