Friday, 26 May 2017

Well done & congratulations to all of our wonderful #JustWalkers!

Just Walk 2017 START

Well, what can we say about this year’s Just Walk 2017 event apart from a massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you; our Just Walkers, supporters and volunteers.

With a record-breaking 1,121 walkers registered for the challenge for our 11th year, you can all proudly say you really did “Walk the distance and made a difference”. Whether it was fundraising for a cause close to your heart, a special memory walk for your loved one no longer with us, or as a personal challenge on your own, with a friend or with a group - well done. Those of you who offered support and helped us sign walkers in, a sincere thank you from the bottom of our hearts; you really did help towards making the event run smoothly.

What an amazing day with lots of laughter, a few tears (of joy), new friends made, and many stories shared. The atmosphere throughout the day was incredible from start to finish. There was a real buzz around Goodwood Racecourse in the morning as everyone registered, chatted with other walkers and then gathered for the warm-up before setting off to enjoy the beautiful scenery that our Just Walk routes offer.

We witnessed real enthusiasm and comradery throughout the day, which helped many of you (including us) through the last 3km trek up ‘that’ hill and back to the finish line. It’s not until you look back down once you’ve reached the top, you realise just how steep that hill actually is and what an achievement it is to conquer!

Watching and cheering our walkers as they passed the final bend, down the home straight, and through to the finish line is one of our most memorable moments of the day, and each year it continues to grow bigger and better. We understand how much effort everyone puts in to this event, and the sheer joy and pleasure on your faces as you complete the challenge makes our job so worthwhile.

We hope your Just Walk medal is proudly on display and your memories are as fabulous as ours. We have now emailed over your Just Walk certificate, but if you haven’t received it, please email us, and we will send one to you.

We are already starting to plan for our 2018 Just Walk, so look out for our newsletter (you can sign up here), and announcements on our social media pages regarding a date.

p.s. Don’t forget to share your stories and photos…

We are loving reading through your comments and looking at your fabulous photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please share your story and photos with us using the hashtag #JustWalk!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Join over 1000 walkers this Saturday – book your place today!

The wait is nearly over! Just Walk, one of the UK’s biggest walking challenges, will take place this Saturday 13th May at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester. While we let that sink in, we’d like to remind you why we’re here and of the treat in store for you (or could be in store for you, if you sign up here – there’s still time!).

Organised by our global sister company Across the Divide, Just Walk allows you to choose the length of your walk – between 10km and 60km – in order to raise money for a charity or cause of your choice.

All of the routes are circular, and you’re offered the opportunity to explore the rolling hills and landscape of the West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing at the iconic Goodwood Racecourse, near Chichester.

Your entry fee for the day’s walk includes medals and certificates, logistical and medical support, drinks, snacks and plenty of encouragement and cheers from the Just Walk team.
Those of you who walk further than 20km will get a free packed lunch, while those walking further than 40km will be provided with a hot breakfast at the start. There will also be hot soup for those walking the 40km route and a hot meal for anyone walking 60km.

Why else should you Just Walk? Well…
Mark Hannaford, Head Walker and founder of Just Walk and Across the Divide, said, “Just Walk is about getting as many people outside and active as possible, while raising money for worthy causes, and that’s why we’re delighted to have had over 1000 registrations so far.

“With our team of organisers and helpers, walkers can be sure that everyone’s safe and well looked-after, and can focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

“It doesn’t matter if you walk 10km or 60km, it all helps, and you’ll struggle to find a better-looking part of the country for a challenge like this!”

Prices range between £20 and £70 for adults (depending on length of route) and £7.50 and £15 for under-16s.

Although you’re are free to raise money for whatever cause you choose, our two charity partners are particularly close to our hearts: Rockinghorse and First Days.

Tickets are still available for Just Walk 2017, so if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s your chance – just click here.

Rockinghorse works to improve the lives of sick children in Sussex, and First Days distributes clothing, toys, equipment and furniture to deprived children.