Organise your own march - questions and resources

March for Men 2017

Do your own March

What is organise your own March for Men?

We've got ten marches planned up and down the country, but we can't be everywhere.

Maybe you're far away from where the marches are happening, or you can't make the date. We don't want that to get in the way of your determination to stop prostate cancer being a killer. Maybe you've got a unique, brilliant idea - one that you and your crowd are really keen on. Maybe you're marching to the beat of your own drum. Maybe you've already planned a walk, and want to make it into a March for Men.

If any of those things apply, we want to help you organise your own march. Just register your walk with us, and we'll work with you to make it a success. From advice from seasoned pros to promotion, materials and kit, we've got what you need.

What kinds of march are there?

They can be absolutely anything. Here are some ideas:

  • Mountain March: if you're game for a challenge, this is for you. And we've even got pre-planned Mountain Marches that you can join.
  • Community March: if you've got the whole club, family or community behind you, make it big. Jackie from Belfast did just that, and we'll show you how.
  • Club to Club March: football's not just a theme - it's a passion and a way of life. Get your club behind you, follow in Jeff Stelling's footsteps, and march from one club to another.

How do I sign up?

Easy - just complete this form to register your walk with us, tell us about your ideas, and we'll be back in touch to help turn it into a plan.

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Raising money

Raising funds to help stop prostate cancer being a killer is the name of the game. Here's our handy 101:

1: Make a fundraising page, and make it stand out

Those who raise online raise more, and we recommend Justgiving - set up your page with us here. Add photos, videos or a blog to your page and show people how hard you’re working on your challenge.

2: Personalise your page and update your story

Tell people why you’re marching. Personal stories add meaning to your event, and when you share your passion with people, they'll be more inclined to donate.

3: Ask generous friends and family to donate first

Once your page is set up, ask a generous friend or relative to make the first donation. Studies show that people tend to match existing donations on the page.

4: Share your page

Make sure you send a link to your page to colleagues, contacts, friends and family on email and social media, and ask them to share it as well.

5: Remind regularly

Keep your contacts updated with what you’re doing, your training, how close you are to your total, and a reminder to donate. Combine it with a prize for the donation that takes you over a certain amount!

6: Remember to send it in!

We collect anything that you raise through JustGiving automatically - but for everything else, there's our Monies return form.

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Choosing a route

Want to organise your own March for Men but aren’t sure where to start? Step one is to tell us about your walk. Here's what you should be thinking about next:

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 we 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.

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What to bring

It's important to be prepared. So we’ve put together a list of essential items to make sure you’re ready for any eventuality.

Footwear

Think about the type of walk you’re doing. If you’re walking a relatively short distance, or on flat and well paved ground, trainers or comfortable shoes should be fine.

If you’re doing a longer walk of 10k or more, you should consider wearing walking boots and walking socks (avoid football socks, as these are not suitable for walking long distances). If your boots are new, it’s a good idea to wear them ahead of the event to break them in and to help prevent blisters on the day.

Weather

Everyone enjoys walking in the sunshine, but the weather can be changeable. Make sure you prepare for every eventuality and pack both waterproofs and suncream.

If it’s likely to get cold on your walk it’s a good idea to also pack a light jumper so you can add or remove layers.

First Aid

There will be first aid available at every event we organise, but it’s a good idea to bring along your own supplies too just in case. If you know you struggle with blisters make sure to pack blister plasters and antiseptic wipes.

Food

There will be food available at every event we organise, but it’s still a good idea to take along some of your own snacks in case you get peckish along the route.

If you’re organising your own event be sure to pack enough snacks to keep you going throughout the day.

Water

We will provide water at every event we organise, but we would strongly recommend that everyone takes along their own water too.

Other items

Other items to consider packing include:

  • a map of where you’re going
  • a fully charged phone
  • a separate battery pack if your phone is likely to run out of charge
  • a camera to capture your adventure

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