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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you on the day!