Questions And Answers

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any queries or wish to discuss the big walk event. To answer the most commonly asked questions we have compiled and posted a questions and answers list, displayed below. We hope you find this helpful…

Are there support vehicles, marshals & first aiders?

There are a number of support vehicles and marshals throughout The Big Walk routes.
We have fully qualified first aiders from St Johns Ambulance throughout the route.

How much does it cost to enter?

There is a £20 registration fee. (Not including admin fee)

What’s included in your registration fee?

Event pack including information leaflet, walk number, safety pins, t-shirt, wristband, pin badge & sponsor form:

  • High quality medal to commemorate your achievement
  • Access to the event facilities, including toilets & showers
  • Water, bananas & waffles available along the route
  • Prizes for top fundraisers
  • Complimentary entertainment & food
  • Designated rest stops
  • Full medical support

I have registered to take part in the event. How do I know my entry has been received?

When you register online you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards. If this does not happen please contact us at info@prostatecymru.com.

When do entries close?

Entries will close 4 weeks prior to the event or when the total number of spaces have been allocated. We limit the number of spaces purely for safety.

I have entered but I am unable to take part. Can I get a refund?

Entry fees cannot be refunded. This is a contribution towards the administration costs of putting on The Big Walk. Further details are in our “Terms & Conditions”.

How many routes are there?

There is a short route and a long route. The short route has been introduced for 2019.

What are the route distances?

Short Route (13m) – Equivalent of a half marathon

From The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (Gate 3) to The Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge

Long Route (26m) – Equivalent of a marathon

From The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (Gate 3) to Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend

How old must I be to register?

Anyone aged under 16 years must get permission to take part from their parent or guardian before registering. Any children attending should be accompanied by a registered participant and are the sole responsibility of the accompanying adult. Further details are in our “Terms & Conditions”.

Is there cut off time?

The official cut off time for this year’s event is 6.30pm. This time has been set at the discretion of the event organisers. The official marshalling of the event will finish at 6:30pm & all remaining walkers will have the option for transport back to short or long route finish line.

How much do I have to raise?

By participating, walkers are agreeing to raise a minimum of £20 in sponsorship monies that they will forward to Prostate Cymru no later than 6 weeks after the event.

How do I get from Kenfig Hill RFC to the Principality Stadium?

First 300 entrants to choose the free transport option upon registration will have transport provided from Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend to the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. All other entrants to meet no later than 8am at Gate 3 of the Principality Stadium. To avoid disappointment please register immediately to secure your free transportation.

Important Note:

There is no transport back to The Principality Stadium, Cardiff at the short route finish line (The Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge) or the long route finish line (Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend). Please arrange for your own transport or visit the accommodation section of our website.

If I am participating in the Short Route (13m), which finishes at The Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge, will there be scheduled shuttle buses that can drop me back to Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend for the afterparty?

There will be scheduled shuttle buses provided by Edwards Coaches. Information will be sent to you via email prior to the event.

Are there shower and changing facilities?

There are shower and changing facilities at Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend.

Will there be anywhere to store my bag?

There will be a designated room for bag storage at Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend. This will be locked and supervised throughout the event.

What is the best way to fundraise?

You will be sent instructions via email when you have registered. Our preferred platform is JustGiving.

There are many options to choose from:

JustGiving & Gift Aid

We have set up a general event page and a team page. The team page is a great way of seeing everyone’s individual JustGiving pages in one place as it adds up everyone’s fundraising totals to show how much we are raising as a collective.

Visit www.justgiving.com/teams/BigWalk19 and the press ‘Join the team’ to create your own page. Remember to select ‘Prostate Cymru’ as your chosen charity. Click ‘Take part in an organised event’ and search for ‘The Big Walk 2019’.

Important Note: Prostate Cymru has no association with Prostate Cancer UK. It is an independent charity based in Wales for the benefit of men living in Wales. Make sure you select the correct charity when setting up your page.

If you do not wish to set up an individual page to join our team page, donations can be made on our general event page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-big-walk-2019. Please make sure you include your walk number as a comment when donating on the general event page so we can record your sponsorship accurately.

Our JustGiving pages can also be found on our website www.prostatecymru.com/thebigwalk or on your information leaflet that we send to you prior to the event via post.

If every supporter who qualifies agrees to Gift Aid their donation we will be able to raise even more money to help men in Wales who are fighting prostate disease and prostate cancer.

Bank Transfer

Pay into the Prostate Cymru fundraising account (Bank details given on request).

Mail

Alternatively, you can post us your sponsorship money with inclusion of your sponsor form, walk number, name & raised amount to the following address: Prostate Cymru, 12 Drake Walk, Waterfront 2000, Cardiff, CF10 4AN. (All cheques to be made payable to Prostate Cymru)

Who starts the walk?

Every year we have a surprise celebrity guest to start The Big Walk.

Over the last 5 years we have been supported by Sam Warburton OBE, Sir Gareth Edwards CBE, Warren Gatland OBE, Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Priestland, Lloyd Ashley and Owen Teale.

Are there breaks throughout the walk?

There are a number of recommended rest stops throughout The Big Walk.

Please visit the route section of our website for more information: www.prostatecymru.com/thebigwalk/route/

Will photos and videos be taken on the day?

Yes. We will have a couple of professional photographers and a videographer on the day. If you don’t want your picture to be taken please inform a member of staff at registration on the morning of the event.

What time do I have to arrive & when does the event start?

The Big Walk starts at 8:30am prompt, departing from gate 3 of The Principality Stadium.

Entrants who have chosen the “No Transport” option upon registration to meet no later than 8am at gate 3 of The Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Entrants who have chosen “Free Transport” option upon registration need to meet at Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend no later than 7am.

Is there a different theme every year?

There is a different theme every year. The Big Walk is not a race so we try and make it as fun as possible.

The theme details can be found on your information leaflet which you receive before the event via post.

Are there any prizes for fundraisers?

Our top 3 fundraisers will receive a prize.

What happens at the end of The Big Walk?

At the finish line, family and friends are encouraged to greet you.

Complimentary food and entertainment is available at Kenfig Hill RFC (the afterparty) to round off a fantastic day.