Stadium Challenge

Are you ready to take on Twickenham Stadium? This is one of the first stadium climbs of its type in England so grab the chance to be a Stadium Challenge trail blazer!

Step out into the historic home of Rugby as you step up to the ultimate stair climbing challenge to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

When: 23 March 2019
Where: Twickenham Stadium
Time: 10am – 1pm
Distance:  Various routes
Registration Fee: Adult £15 to £25 | Child £5 to £7.50 | Children under 4 free


On the day you’ll enter the stadium through the iconic Rose and Poppy Gates and register inside the stadium’s Spirit of Rugby, collecting your official participant’s t-shirt, before entering the Twickenham Stadium ground through the players tunnel. From there, after being led through a warm up, you’ll begin your challenge.


Chose the route that’s right for you

We have three different routes you can chose from, offering something for everyone:

The Family

An accessible route suitable for wheelchairs, children and buggies with no steps involved. View the route. (No minimum age. Please note under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult throughout the route. Ages 0 -4 go free)

The Classic – 3,200 steps

Take on the entire lower tier of the stadium. View the route. (Minimum age 6. Please note under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult throughout the route)

The Ultra – 7,600 steps

For those who want an extreme challenge – take on all three tiers. View the route. (Minimum age 8)

Whether you choose The Family, The Classic or The Ultra, every step that you take will be helping babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

After the event you’ll receive your official Stadium Challenge Finishers Medal, followed by light refreshments and the option of a post-event massage, and of course you’ll be able to capture a great commemorative selfie or two on the day.

For more information please contact

Get fit

Stair climbing can be one of the best ways to get fit, and with this challenge you can walk or run, and chose the distance that suits you. Best of all you can work your training into your daily routine – take the stairs at work, go up and down a few more times at home, or work it into your commute. Benefits include reducing weight, building muscle and helping improve your general cardiovascular fitness.

Give the ultimate gift…

Know a keep-fit fanatic who finds running along flat surfaces isn’t cutting it anymore? Know a rugby fan who’d love the opportunity to step foot inside Twickenham Stadium? Know a family looking for a unique event they can all take part in?

Then why not buy one of our virtual gift vouchers…we’ll send you a gift certificate to give to your loved one containing a unique code – all they need to do when they register is input that code to get their entry for free!

Who you will help

By taking part you’ll be raising money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, supporting our work providing hospice care to life-limited children living in London and Surrey, and their families. Find out more about what we do.

We’re hoping to raise £80,000 from the Stadium Challenge and hope that people taking an adult place will aim to raise as much as they can.  If you are taking part as a family, we recommend setting up a group fundraising page for all of you, with a that you feel is realistic, but also ambitious – you may surprised how much you raise.

As an example, £195 could pay for a day visit to one of our hospices, or give a family a few hours of vital support with a visit from our hospice at home team.

We aim to support all our fundraisers as much as we can, and we can provide lots of sponsorship ideas and support as you move towards the big day.


Stadium Challenge fundraising tips

To kick start your fundraising please take a moment to read our fundraising tips, packed with lots of useful information and advice.

Sponsorship form

Download a sponsorship form and ask family and friends to pledge their support.


We also recommend that you set up a JustGiving page if you haven’t already done so. Here you can add photos, videos and a personal story as to why you are taking on this challenge – download our helpful how to improve your Just Giving page

Get social 

Download our social media graphics to share on Facebook – not only will it let them know you’re taking part in something amazing, it may encourage them to join in too. And don’t forget to like the Sunrise Walk Facebook event to meet other walkers!

Stadium Challenge Facebook image 1

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Need more fundraising tips and ideas? Check out our tools and advice page.

Choose your route

With three different routes to chose from there is bound to be one that suits you, your friends and family. The challenge will take place between 10am – 1pm. You will be able to select a wave time (subject to availability) during the registration process. Visit our FAQ section for more information.

The Family

(No minimum age – children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the route) No steps involved! An accessible route suitable for wheelchairs, children and  buggies,  take two laps (or more if you want) around the edge of the world famous Twickenham pitch*. Distance 1km (per two laps)

The Family

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The Classic

(Minimum age 6 – children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the route) Take on the entire lower tier of the stadium, running or walking up 3,200 steps over this 1.7km route. Roughly the equivalent to climbing up the Shard, London’s tallest building.

The classic

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The Ultra

(Minimum age 8) For those who want an extreme challenge – take on all three tiers of Twickenham, climbing up 7,600 steps over a 3.6km route. Roughly the equivalent of climbing up and down the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

The Ultra

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*Please note walking on the grass is restricted.

We understand you might have lots of questions about the Stadium Challenge – hopefully the answers below will help but, if not, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call 01932 823100.

We’ve also added the below FAQs as a handy downloadable pdf for you to refer to whenever you need!

How many steps are there?
The Family route does not include any steps. This is flat and fully accessible.
The Classic route is the entire lower tier of the stadium, running or walking up 3,200 steps.
The Ultra route takes on all three tiers of Twickenham, climbing up 7,600 steps. The steps have been calculated with both the up and down aisles.

Do I need to be fit to take part?
No, but we do recommend you embark on some training ahead of the challenge. You don’t need to be a member of a gym. Training on the stairs at home, work or your local park will help prepare your muscles ahead of the day. We have various routes available which are suitable for all abilities.

How long is the challenge likely to take me?
We have no time limit for you to complete the routes other than we only have the stadium for that day! For a reasonable fit person, we predict that the Classic route will take 30-45 minutes, with the Ultra taking around 1hr – 1hr 15 mins. Chip timing will be available but this is a fundraising challenge and not a race! No prizes will be given for fastest times – just top fundraisers!

What if I can’t finish the route?
This isn’t a problem. We will have a number of lovely marshals along the routes. Please let one of them know so they can ensure you leave the route safely.

Is there a minimum age?
You’ll need to be six years old to take part in our Classic route, and eight years old in our Ultra route, with the exception of our Family route where there is no minimum age. Babies and toddlers aged four years old and under go free. Children under eight years old will need to be accompanied by an adult over 18 throughout the routes.

Can I carry my baby in a sling?
Yes – but only on the Family route. Wheelchairs and buggies are also welcome on this route.

Can I wear fancy dress?
Fancy dress is welcome, but we have the right to ask you to remove this on the day if we feel it is unsafe to participate in. Suitable footwear is compulsory – trainers are a must! No heels, flip flops or barefoot running! 

Can my family and friends come to watch me?
Yes, there will be a spectator area for friends and family members to watch and refreshments will be available to purchase.

What time does the event start?
The challenge will take place between 10am – 1pm. You will be able to select a wave time (subject to availability) during the registration process. Waves will start from 10am and will be in 15 minute intervals. You will need to arrive 45 minutes before your wave to allow time to register, collect your t-shirt and drop off your bag.

Will there be anywhere to leave any valuables?
A bag drop facility will be available throughout the day but we recommend you leave your valuables at home.

Can we take part as a team?
Yes, groups are very welcome however we do recommend you pre-register to save time on the day and to secure the same wave time. You will be able to set up a team and join a team during the registration process. Team prizes will be available – keep checking our website for more details.

Is there a team discount?
Our registration fees are already heavily discounted, so we recommend you sign up whilst the early bird fees apply or discount codes are offered. Our discount codes will be promoted via our social media platforms and newsletters.

Is there a limit on team members?
No, bring along as many people as you like!

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?
We are aiming to raise £80,000 from this event, to help towards running our hospices, so please try and raise as much as you can. If you are signing up with friends, family members or colleagues you may wish to raise funds together and set yourself a team target.

When will I receive my t-shirt, bib number and final details?
All event correspondence will be emailed to you so please do keep an eye out for our emails. You will be able to collect your t-shirt, bib number and all you need on the day.

Can I hand in my sponsor money on the day?
Yes, we will be able to accept sponsorship money on the morning. Please hand this to the staff on the registration desks and place any cash or cheques into a sealed envelope with your name and contact details on the front so we ensure you are thanked. Please note on this occasion receipts will not be issued.

I don’t want to take part in the challenge, but would like to help, how can I get involved?
We rely on volunteers to help make our events such a success. You can get involved on the day by helping with registration, refreshments, t-shirts, car park marshalling and marshalling along the route. To register your details please email

Good luck and look forward to stepping up with you on the day!