Want to organise your own walk for Men United but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve put together this handy guide to get you started on the road to rambling.
Follow our guide, and then just tell us about your walk and our team will help you through every stage of the process.
Picking the 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.
Deciding on a date – Choose a date and time when many of 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.
Keep it interesting – 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 investigate great local pubs or restaurants along the way.
Test it out first – 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. A quick refresh of the Highway Code and the Countryside Code would also be useful.
Pack your bags – 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.
Tell everyone – And I mean everyone. Make sure you’ve told all your pals in plenty of time so they can dig out their walking boots and, spread the word about your walk and sponsorship page so you can raise as much money as possible.
And finally, tell the team at Prostate Cancer UK by filling out this simple form. In return, you’ll get all the help you need, not to mention some t-shirts and fundraising materials.
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