The March for Men is our charity walking programme - and this summer, we're asking you to pull your boots on and take part in one of our marches.
You can join a local march in one of seven city parks around the UK, march to Wembley for your club, or set up a DIY march (with our help!) for any route you please, whether it's an amble or a trek. The main thing is that you're out there, shoelaces tied, raising vital funds to stop men dying of prostate cancer.
This June, we're coming to seven cities across the UK to for a weekend walk in the park - to join hundreds of people raising funds and awareness of a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK. We'll have a short (2-2.5k), medium and long route planned out for you - all you need to do is sign up and get raising funds to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
The registration fee is £10 per adult. Children under 16 are free but have to be accompanied by a guardian over 18.
As for fundraising, we're suggesting that you raise a minimum of £50 - but we'd like you to aim higher!
Yes, you can register on the day - but it will be very busy, so it's best to sign up online beforehand!
Yes - dogs are welcome!
Absolutely! We need people to help with setup, registration, marshalling and merchandise on the day. Check out our volunteer page to find out about all the ways you can get involved.
Unless specified, all local marches will have:
Get your kit on - we're marching to Wembley!
On Sunday 22 July 2017, we'll be setting out from four different locations in or near London and walking to Wembley, hitting as many clubs en route as we can. We want you to help beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK - and we want you to do it with your team's colours flying.
We've got four different routes for you to choose from, starting at Sutton United, St Albans City, Millwall or West Ham. They're all 26-28 miles long, finish at Wembley at the same time, and pass by plenty more clubs on the way - so join us from your home gate, and help us bring the March to Wembley. On the day, registration starts at 7am, and the walk starts at 8am sharp.
It costs £30 to register, and we're asking you to commit to raising a minimum of £300 in funds - that's the target, but we want you to knock it out of the park.
Just pick your route and follow the steps from there!
We've got eight 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.
They can be absolutely anything. Here are some ideas:
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.
Raising funds to help stop prostate cancer being a killer is the name of the game. Here's our handy 101:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Fill in our template press releases and use them to contact your local newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets. The more people who hear about your walk, the more support you’re likely to get.
If you're planning any extra fundraising to top up your total, like running a bake sale or organising a quiz, we can help with flags, collection tins, clothes, badges and anything else you need. Just complete our materials order form.
We collect anything that you raise through JustGiving automatically - but for everything else, there's our Monies return form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will provide water at every event we organise, but we would strongly recommend that everyone takes along their own water too.
Other items to consider packing include: