How much is the entry fee? It’s £25 per person – this includes registrations for under 18’s (£20 early-bird fee until 31st October 2019).

What happens if I can’t raise the suggested minimum sponsorship of £100? Although we want you to raise as much as possible, it is only a suggested sponsorship level.  We won’t mind if you don’t quite reach the full amount, but please try as best as you can –the more you raise, the more you will support patients.

Can you help me with any advice on raising as much money as possible? When you complete registration, we will send you a Walk of Life fundraising pack full of lots of fundraising hints and advice, as well as some walking tips. We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have, so just give the Events Team a call/email! Details will be within the pack.

What will my fundraising go towards?  It’s up to you! When you register you will be asked where you would like your sponsorship allocated. If you choose ‘General’ it will go towards the area of greatest need at the time. You can also choose to fundraise for any ward or department that is close to your heart, or one of our Major Campaigns or Special Appeals. See the ‘causes’ page on our website for more information.

Is the Walk of Life women only? Definitely not!  We have lots of men take part each year.

Are there any age restrictions? Yes. The walking marathon (26.2 miles approx.) and morning walk (16 miles approximately) is restricted to participants aged 13 and over. The afternoon walk (10 mile approx.) is restricted to participants aged 10 and over. In exceptional circumstances, and where permission and relevant evidence is provided by a parent/guardian, we may grant entry to those under this age. Please contact the event organiser Laura Pearce (laurapearce1@nhs.net / 01225 821535) to discuss, prior to registering.

Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18+) at all times. The participant under the age of 18 and the guardian must both register for the event, for the same distance and by completing registration, the parent/guardian agrees to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions for the child’s participation.

How far is the walk? All mileage is approximate. The full marathon walk from Bishops Cannings to Bath is 26.2 miles. The morning walk from Bishops Cannings to Bradford on Avon is 16 miles.  The afternoon section from Bradford on Avon to Bath is 10 miles.

Do I need to train? Yes. It does not matter if you are an experienced walker or have never done anything like this before, as long as you put in the training. It is designed to be challenging but achievable if you’ve prepared well.

When and where does the walk start? For the full walking marathon and morning walk, you will need to arrive at The Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings by 7.30am to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 8am. For the afternoon 10 mile walk, you will need to arrive in Victory Field, Bradford on Avon by 12.30pm to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 1pm. Please note these timings are subject to change and we may need to introduce a staggered start, depending on final numbers. We will let you know final details in a dedicated walk mailing a few weeks before the event takes place.

How long is the walk expected to take? It really depends on your fitness levels.  From our seven years’ experience, some people complete the full 26.2 miles by 2.30pm, others don’t finish until 6.30pm.

Will I get my finish time? The purpose of your Walker Pass is tell us when you’ve checked in at certain points and finished the walk. Unfortunately it does not record a finish time. Please remember that the Walk of Life is not a race.

Will there be toilets along the way? Yes! We will be arranging for our walkers to be able to access a number of toilets along the way, particular within pubs along the towpath. There are also a number of public toilets. You will be sent a Walker Pack a month or so before the event, which will include a map detailing where these will be.

What about water and food on the day? Please bring your own water bottle that we can refill for you throughout the day. There will not be individual single-use plastic bottles We also recommend you bring any snacks you’ve tried and tested beforehand. There will be a number of GoodNess stops along the route with goodies (flapjacks, fruit etc.) and plenty of water so that you can fill up your water bottle. At our lunchtime base in Bradford on Avon, we hope to have a BBQ, or you’re more than welcome to bring along a picnic. Further details about this will be sent out with your Walk Pack, a month or so before the event.

Can I form a team for the walk? Absolutely!  We have a Team Entry option which is new this year. Team entry is open to groups of 4 or more and you can take part with friends and family, colleagues or any other type of group.

What are the Team Awards and Team Challenge? Details TBC.

Will my friends and family be able to come and cheer me over the finish line? Yes of course – the more the merrier!  The morning walk finish line is in Victory Fields, Bradford on Avon and the marathon and afternoon walk finish line is at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

How will I get home at the end of the walk? We would suggest that you ask a friend or family member to come and collect you – and of course cheer you over the finishing line at the same time!  If you need advice on train and bus schedules, just give us a call and we’ll help you find all the information you need.

Can I bring my dog? Dogs are welcome but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times. Owners are responsible for keeping their dogs under control and bringing doggy bags!

Am I required to have health insurance? We recommend personal health insurance for each participant and/or seek professional medical advice, particularly if you have any concerns with regards to the challenge. Our medical team can only provide basic first aid services. All walkers must agree to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions before they will be allowed on the walk.

If I don’t want to take part in the event can I volunteer to help instead? Yes please! We are always looking for volunteers to help marshal the route or help out at our GoodNess stops. Please give the Events Team a call on 01225 821535 / laurapearce1@nhs.net to have a chat.