Sunrise Walk 2019



Thank you to everyone who took part – we hope you had an amazing day. Check back here soon for the photos.

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Guildford – New for 2019!

When: Sunday 30th June 2019 at 4:30am
Where: The University of Law, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU3 1HA
Distance: 10km or 20km
Registration fee: Adult £20 to £30 | Child* £5 to £10
(Prices vary depending on time of sign up and length of route – see below for more details)

Book Guildford

Returning for its seventh year, the Sunrise Walk is your moment to shine. Whether you walk our established Richmond route, or try out our brand new Guildford trail, every step you take will help make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.


Our 20km and 10km routes remain the same, taking you through beautiful Richmond Park – ideal for families with young children. Depending on the route you choose, you’ll also walk past some other stunning sights including Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace. At the finish line you’ll be welcomed with a free breakfast picnic – what a way to start a Sunday morning!


Be one of the first to try out our brand new 20km and 10km Guildford routes. Starting and finishing at the University of Law, just south of Guildford, the routes will take in part of the stunning North Downs Way, including Loseley Park and St Martha’s on the Hill, before returning to the starting point for a well-deserved breakfast.

Registration Fees

Online entry fees: Adult 10km – £20 | Adult 20km – £25 | Child* 10km or 20km – £5
Entry fees on the day: Adult 10km – £25 | Adult 20km – £30 | Child* 10km or 20km – £10

Registration fees include:

– Shooting Star T-Shirt
-Commemorative medal on completion of the walk
-Delicious breakfast
-Free lantern on request at registration
-Fun games and activities at the celebration picnic, with food vans and refreshments!

*All under 16s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Minimum age is 8 years old. Child fee is for under 18s.

Celebration tree

If you’re walking in memory and would like to hang a lantern on our Celebration Tree to light the start line, you can request this when you register.

Celebration picnic

Friends and family are welcome to come and join you at the finish line where you will receive your medal at our celebration picnic. All Richmond medal holders are also welcomed by Ham House to explore the gardens free of charge and use the facilities, including the café and shop.

Who you will help

Help us by fundraising to make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families – read our family stories to find out more about what we do.

With your dedication and commitment we are hoping to raise £90,000 from this event. In order to do this we hope that participants will commit to raising £150 through sponsorship. If you’re taking part as a group, we recommend setting up a group fundraising page for all of you with a target that you feel is realistic, but also ambitious – you may surprised how much you raise!

£150 could enable a child and their family to benefit from a music therapy session. Allowing them to express and communicate in new and profound ways.

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.

For more information please contact or call 01932 823100.


Sunrise Walk fundraising tips

The more money you raise the more we can do to help make every moment count for the the families we care for. We have lots of ways to help you fundraise, so 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 for Richmond or a JustGiving page for Guildford 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.

Training tips 

Walking is a great and easy way to get and stay fit, and with this challenge you can chose the distance that suits you. Whether you take on 10km or the longer 20km, we have some helpful training advice and tips to make sure you are ready for to go.

10km and 20km route maps

The Sunrise Walk route maps are perfect for those training walks – simply download them to your phone!

Richmond – 10km and 20km

Guildford – 10km and 20km

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!

Sunrise Walk Facebook image 1 
Sunrise Walk Facebook image 2

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

We understand you might have lots of questions about the Sunrise Walk – hopefully the answers below will help but, if not, please get in touch with us.

How long will the walk take?

Most people will walk at a rate of 3mph. Depending on the route you pick, we anticipate the walk may take between 2 – 5 hours.

What happens if I can’t finish the walk?

If you feel that you are unable to continue with the walk you MUST either inform one of the event marshals along the route giving your name and walker number or call the emergency event number that will be provided in your joining instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure you can be collected by car from an appropriate point along the route.

Will there be anywhere to leave any valuables?

Unfortunately there will be no facilities at either start points of the Richmond and Guildford walks to leave possessions. We recommend you only bring essential items with you.

Will there be toilets en route?

Yes there will be portaloos available at the start and finish line for both the Richmond and Guildford walks. There will also be portaloos available during the walks at Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Hill Hotel for the Richmond route and at St Martha’s Hill and Loseley for the Guildford route. Details of this will be in the final joining instructions document.

Do I need to bring anything for my own safety?

We do recommend that you bring a fully charged mobile phone and extra water. The route will be marshalled and fully sign posted but we recommend you also bring along your walking instructions that will be sent to you in your final joining pack.

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear comfortable (worn in) walking shoes/boots and your Sunrise Walk t-shirt which will be sent to you in the post. The venue is outside so there will be no shelter so you are advised to bring some wet weather gear too or even a sun hat! The month of June can be wet but it can also be very hot. Layers are also good as you can put on and take off as needed.

I have a disability; can I still take part?

The majority of the Richmond route will be on pavements, some parts of the route will be along the towpath and paths and through some countryside which may be uneven, muddy and not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs unless they are designed for sport/rough terrain. The Guildford route is along parts of the North Downs way and local footpaths, and is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to the narrowness of the path in many areas.  If you have any questions about the route please do call us.

How old do I need to be to take part?

All under 16s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of the walk. Minimum age is 8 years old.

Can we walk as a group?

Yes, groups are very welcome however we do recommend you pre-register to save time on the day. You don’t need to tell us that you are walking as a group if you don’t want to. It will be easy to find each other and walk together as a group on the day.

Can I bring my family and friends to support me?

Of course! Supporters are welcome at the beginning and/or end of the walks; it’s great to have some familiar faces to give you that vital bit of encouragement and support just when you need it most. They may also want to support you at a particular point along the route. Please advise them to look at the route maps.

Can I bring pets?

We are pleased to advise that we can accommodate dogs on the walk. Please let us know when registering if you intend to bring a dog on the day. Your pet is your responsibility for the entire walk, must be kept on a lead at all times and any mess cleared away.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?

We recommend adult walkers set a personal fundraising target of £150. Last year our walkers exceeded the fundraising target and raised on average £250 per person!  If you are walking as a family, why not set up a team fundraising page.

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. Please note on this occasion receipts will not be issued.

I don’t want to walk, 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 morning by helping with registration, refreshments, T-shirts, car park marshalling and marshalling along the route. To register your details please email

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you on the day!