Challenge level: 3 out of 5
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Fundraising update: You spoke, we listened.
We’ve listened to your feedback and as requested, we’ve changed the entry requirements for Walk the Night 2019. In order to be confirmed on Walk the Night this year, we’re asking you to fundraise a minimum of £100 by Friday 12 July 2019 (two weeks before the challenge) and then the remaining £99 as soon as possible after the event.
After the phenomenal success of the first Walk the Night in 2018 which raised a staggering £500,000, we are delighted to run this incredible challenge in London for a second year.
Join hundreds of super inspiring men and women on Saturday 27 July 2019 as we take to the streets of London in a resilient stand together against cancer.
We challenge you to walk a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half marathon (13.1 miles) through the night. Starting and finishing at the magical Granary Square in King’s Cross, with a fun and lively warm-up and dazzling entertainment, the route will take you past many of our capital’s famous landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and many more!
Along the way, we'll have several fabulous feed stations to keep you refreshed and energised throughout your challenge, with a variety of free tasty snacks (vegan and gluten free options available), water and hot drinks. They will each also have toilet facilities and a team of friendly staff and supporters.
Everyone that takes part in Walk the Night also gets an official Hi-Viz jacket and a beautiful, shiny medal that you can wear with pride!
Many of the people who will take part in Walk the Night have been personally touched by cancer and many will walk in memory of lost loved ones. It’ll be a truly emotional night as you all achieve something absolutely amazing for an invaluable cause.
Here are some handy resources for Walk the Night 2019:
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Watch our video from last year's Walk the Night
Get your Walk the Night sponsorship form
Download your Walk the Night 2019 sponsorship form here.
Get your free training plan
Download your Walk the Night training plan here.
Set up your JustGiving account
Set up your JustGiving account for Walk the Night 2019 here.
Get your Walk the Night 2019 poster
Download your Walk the Night 2019 poster here.
Join us from 5.00pm on Saturday 27 July 2019 (check-in closes at 7.00pm) in the magical city of London (venue to be confirmed) for our exciting pre-challenge entertainment.
We have an event stage, where music, speeches and warm-ups will be hosted to get you all ready and raring to go before you join your start wave. You will be able to dance and sing along with the music from the starting line area as you set off on your Walk the Night challenge. We encourage you to soak up the summer vibe whilst making some new friends before you’re called to your start area.
Walkers set off in waves from 8pm on a spectacular full (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) loop around central London. The challenge finishes when walkers cross the finish line back at the starting venue, with the cut-off time of 9am.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of CoppaFeel! and Prostate Cancer UK
Minimum sponsorship target
The challenge costs cover our fully signposted marathon and half marathon routes, marshals, water and snack stops with a variety of refreshments and hot drinks, a high visibility Walk the Night vest, your official Walk the Night 2019 medal, roaming first aid support and a back-up vehicle.
We also have an event stage at our fantastic starting/finishing venue at Granary Square in King's Cross, with warm-ups and entertainment, along with all the usual things you can expect from a venue, like toilet facilities, a bag drop, charity stalls etc.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the charities. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
Set up your Just Giving account for Walk the Night here. If you're one of the wonderful people who took part in Walk the Night 2018, please make sure you set up another JustGiving page for Walk the Night 2019 to ensure your new funds go towards your second challenge and not the first.
The £199 minimum sponsorship target for Walk the Night is per individual, regardless of whether you’re in a team or not. So if you have a team of five people, that means each of you needs to raise £199, so if you’re fundraising together, your team would need to raise a minimum of £995.
IMPORTANT: if you have chosen to fundraise together and have set up a joint JustGiving account that covers two or more people, please e-mail us the link to the page and the full names of the people the page is for.
We do have a number of fabulous rest stops on both the full and half marathon routes, providing a variety of free snacks (with vegan and gluten free options available), drinks, toilets, friendly staff and volunteers with lots of smiles and encouragement.
We would advise you use these for a quick convenience break and to take on some energy. It is not advisable to stay at the rest stops for a prolonged amount of time as this could cause your muscles to seize up, making the onward challenge harder for you to complete.
The event officially opens to participants at 5.30 pm on Saturday 27 July 2019 at the magical Granary Square, King's Cross. Check in will be open from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The first start wave will be at 8pm and the last start wave will be at 9:30pm. The cut off time is 9am on Sunday morning but no one will be left behind as we will have a support bus behind the last group of walkers.
We estimate the half marathon would take someone with an average fitness level four to six hours and the full marathon eight to ten hours.
We'll have a back-up vehicle behind our last group of walkers, so no one gets left behind.
Walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half marathon (13.1 miles) at night is a challenge, but something that is definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training.
A number of the men and women who will take part in this exciting challenge will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Walk the Night is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for two amazing charities.
Please be prepared for your challenge and try to do some long practice walks in your walking footwear before the event. Download your free training plan for Walk the Night here.
Did you know core training will really help you keep up your strength in long distance walking? Check out these three core training tips from celebrity personal trainer, Faisal Abdalla, a past participant of Walk the Night.
You must be at least eighteen years old to take part in Walk the Night, unless given permission by the challenge organisers.
You should bring comfortable clothing and sensible walking footwear – please make sure you wear your footwear to train in so they are broken in. In the middle of the summer you may need a layer to keep warm or perhaps a raincoat for our unpredictable summers. Please see the Walk the Night merchandise shop for the awesome Walk the Night challenge wear provided by the professional Sports company, Scimitar.
Although London is well lit, you may wish to bring a head torch or other creative lighting! Let us see you all through the night! You don't need to bring a hi-viz vest as we provide you with a free Walk the Night one with the charity logos, which you can keep as a memento of your challenge.
There will be a bag drop at the start/finish venue (Granary Square), so anything you want to take with you that you don't need during the challenge you can leave there.
As London can be a busy place on a Saturday night, it is vital that you walk in groups of 3 or more through the city. Individual walkers are advised to meet with other individual walkers and join forces to keep each other safe. We also have Walk the Night Walking Buddies - if you would like to walk with one of our Walk Buddies they will be located at the individual walkers meeting place and will leave with each starting wave. The route will take place on open pavements, therefore please be aware of other pedestrians using the space.
Walk the Night is a walking challenge and due to safety regulations running is not permitted. All marshals on the route are instructed to report any participants running and to advise them that this is a walking only challenge.
We have a designated team of medical professionals and doctors working solely for this challenge. You will be provided with these details before the event.
Being in a team is certainly not obligatory and even if you plan to walk as a group, you don’t need to sign up as a team. It just adds a bit of fun and pre-challenge excitement for friends signing up together and thinking of a team name together.
An open team means that anyone can join, but If you’ve created a private team for just you and your buddies, make sure every one of you knows the team name, password and details. Then as each new member joins, all they need to do is enter the correct details when registering for the challenge or even after they’ve already registered by logging into their Walk the Night account, selecting the correct team under "Teams" and then entering the correct details. If you struggle at all with this, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort it for you.
But just to reiterate, as long as you have the same starting time, you can walk as a team, no matter whether or not you’ve joined the team online, so please don’t worry.
Also remember that each member of your team needs to raise a minimum sponsorship of £199.
We're on the look out for volunteers for Walk the Night 2019, so if you have any friends/family members/loved ones that want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, please ask them to apply to be a Dream Maker.
We have a range of roles for both men and women, from helping out at registration to supplying walkers with well-deserved snacks, refreshments and hot drinks at feed stations - and the list goes on! Please browse the Dream Maker roles here.
There will be a variety of tasty food and drinks available for you and your supporters to purchase at Granary Square before 8pm, when you start setting off for your walking marathon.
We're delighted to announce that the following suppliers will all have stalls at Granary Square
Once you get back from your challenge, a warming breakfast will be available to buy from the Flying Frenchman and For the Good of the People will be supplying steaming tea and coffee for you to purchase for a delicious boost of caffeine.