Whether you're looking to challenge yourself in memory of a loved one or on behalf of someone currently facing the disease, organising your own walk is a great way to raise money to help beat prostate cancer.

Walk with Men United

Walking. It’s great for your health, brilliant for bringing friends and family together, and there’s usually a pub somewhere along the way. Better still, when you walk for Men United, you’ll be joining a growing movement of people putting their best foot forward to beat prostate cancer.

We'll be right alongside

Organising your own walk is easy and, as a part of Men United, we’ll be with you every step of the way. As soon as you sign up to do your walk using the form below, we'll be in touch to help you plan your event.

We'll give you the support you need to make your walk a winner:

  • our walking pack and how-to guide - full of useful tips and tricks
  • information and advice from our partners The Outdoor Guide
  • our super-stylish Prostate Cancer UK walking top if you raise £200
Register your walk

Where to go?

Want to join the march but need some inspiration? Look no further!

The National Trust's website boasts a whole host of walking ideas. Whatever you fancy, be it pretty Spring walks, woodland walks through tranquil spaces or an escape to the seaside for a coastal walk to blow the cobwebs away, they've got it covered.

Walking Britain is home to varied and unusual walks across the whole of the UK, so check out their site for maps and inspiration. From the Scottish Highlands to the charming Cotswolds, there really is something for everyone.

Walk It and Map My Walk are excellent tools for if you are feeling extra adventurous, and want to literally plan your own route from start to finish.

If you need any help or support, feel free to get in touch with us.

How to organise a walk with us

Want to organise your own walk for Men United but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve broken it down into five simple steps below, check them out and start planning!

  • Step one: Let us know  

    Get in touch using our simple form and one of our friendly team will be in touch to help you plan your event.

    They can give you as much support as you need, whether you'd like advice on fundraising or yo uneed help choosing a route, they make planning your event a walk in the park.

    Register your walk
  • Step two: Choose a date  

    Choose a date and time that works for you. If you're planning on doing you walk with others choose a date when your friends can take part.

    Consider what else is happening on the day – if there’s golf on the telly or the footy season is just kicking off, you may want to avoid a clash, but you could always time your walk so you and your mates end up back in front of the telly just in time for kick off. Ideally, you’ll want your walk to start and end while it’s still daylight, so check what time the sun rises and sets on your chosen day.

  • Step three: Pick a route  

    Consider how able everyone in your group is, and adapt the route accordingly. It’s always good to have an alternative shorter circuit in mind for people who want to take part, but may not want to do the full course.

    A circular route with your start and finish in the same place is much easier than a linear route, especially if people are driving to the starting line.

    Pick a nice route, with some great local landmarks and stunning scenery with a mixture of green spaces, paths and pavements. There’s nothing to stop you having a pit stop midway through for a bite to eat, so why not see whether there are any Men United Arms along your route that you could stop at.

    No one likes a disorganised ramble, so try out a few routes first, and once you’ve found your favourite measure the distance covered and how long it takes. Keep an eye out for where key amenities like toilets are along the route. Good mobile phone coverage is always useful in case anyone gets separated from the rest of the group.

    If you need some inspiration we've listed some websites below with plenty of route ideas.

    • The National Trust boasts a whole host of walking ideas.  Whatever you fancy, be it pretty Spring walks, woodland walks or a coastal walk to blow the cobwebs away they've got it covered.
    •  Walking Britain is home to varied and unusual walks across the whole of the UK so check out their website for maps and inspiration from the Scottish Highlands to the Charming Cotswolds there really is something for everyone.
    • Walk It and Map My Walk are excellent tools to help you plan your own route from start to finish.

     

  • Step four: Be prepared  

    If you're taking on a challenging route across difficult terrain or for a long distance, it's a good idea to do some training walks beforehand to build up your fitness and experience ahead of the walk.

    On the day, be sure to take a bag of essentials with you and be ready whatever the weather. Take snacks and plenty of water, and be ready for sunshine and showers with hats, sun cream, waterproofs and warm clothes. If you’re going on a long walk, a good pair of walking boots is a must.

  • Step five: Let everyone know  

    And we mean everyone. Make sure you’ve told all your friends in plenty of time so they can dig out their wallets and help you spread the word about your walk and sponsorship page so you can raise as much money as possible.

    Have a look at our fundraising resources section for top tips on how to raise as much money as possible.

How's this for inspiration?

Meet John and Ann Fraser. Over the past 11 years, they’ve raised an incredible £28,000 for Prostate Cancer UK with their annual walk on the Isle of Wight.

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After John was diagnosed with prostate cancer 14 years ago the couple relocated to Ann’s place of birth, the Isle of Wight and it was here they decided to hold their first island walk to help raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK .

The the Frasers have rallied friends, family, and even the occasional TV personality, to get their walking boots on. The walk has been a huge success, with many repeat customers. 

They say "The route we chose is largely on public footpaths and with no difficult terrain so anybody can join in.  It's definitely a family and dog friendly event. We produce a route plan that shows watering holes and wc's along the way. We promote it in the local newspaper, local radio, Facebook, posters, email, and word of mouth. 

We suggest people donate £5 to take part, or walkers can collect their own sponsorship.  We also make sure we have buckets and tins out on the walk too.  Our top tip would be to make it as easy as possible to donate, set up an online page but get your buckets and tins out there on the day too."

Sadly John passed away in August 2015. Ann is holding one more island walk on Sunday 3 April 2016 in John’s memory. After being lucky enough to have the support of the Frasers for many years, it doesn’t surprise us that this fun, motivated and endlessly energetic couple have made such a huge contribution to the fight against prostate cancer. We can’t thank them enough.

If you’ve been inspired by John and Ann’s work and think you could organise your own walk with family and friends, find out more by filling in the form above so we can help you get started.

How do I send in what I've raised?

If you've been wearing out your walking boots to give prostate cancer a kicking, a big round of thanks from us! You can send it to us quickly and simply online.

  • Online  

    You can pay in with our quick and simple donation form.

  • By phone  

    Call us on 0800 082 1616 to make a card payment.

  • By post  

    Please make cheques payable to Prostate Cancer UK, and use a printable donation form. Our address is Prostate Cancer UK, Fourth floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN.

    Sponsorship forms

    If you’ve used a sponsorship form, send them in so we can claim the Gift Aid on donations. For every £1 donated by UK taxpayers, we receive an extra 25p.

    Just make sure your donors provide their full address including postcode and tick the Gift Aid box. It’s that simple.

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