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How much does it cost?

You can sign up and support a charity - by fundraising - or self fund and do it for yourself.


Click HERE for prices

What's included?

  • Hot drinks / biscuits at the start
  • Event pack - timing chip, bib, route map
  • Full event support - marshals, support walkers
  • Fully signed route 
  • Aerobic warm up at the start
  • Rest Stop at ~11km - snacks / drinks
  • Doctors and event medics at rest stops
  • Brunch for Full Marathon walkers
  • Finish line celebrations & hot meal
  • 2020 Winter Walk medal
  • Free bean hatie & neck buff
  • Winter Walk mobile phone App

Will I receive a pack?

No - all correspondence from Action Challenge is done by email - and you'll also get access to the Winter Walk App for your mobile. You may, however, receive a fundraising pack directly from your charity (if you are fundraiisng). If you are waiting for a pack from them, it is best to contact them directly.

How old do I need to be?

On the date of the event you must be:


At least 14 (with an adult) for Half Marathon

At least 16 for Full Marathon


All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Where does the walk start?

The Winter Walk starts & finishes at The Oval Cricket Ground - which is close to Vauxhall - and has good public transport links. All participants head out on Sunday morning 19 January 2020 - from 7.0 am onwards. You select your start time when you sign up.


CLICK HERE to view the Route Map.


Details of THE OVAL >>

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How tough is it?

21km (half marathon) is within most people's capabilities - however, do remember that this walk takes place of tarmac and so we suggest you go for a few walks on a similar surface first. As long as you can comfortably walk 5km, with a bit of training, anyone can complete this Challenge! 


A full marathon distance (42km) is clearly quite a bit tougher. If you want to sign up to this option - you will need to have at least walked 20km previously (in one go) - and be confident that you can complete the 42km in 13 hours (as that's the maximum cut off time), and that you are happy walking in the dark!

Can I run or jog it?

NO - and that's an absolute no! Our permissions with the Local Councils in London specifically preclude anything but walking. Any participants seen running or jogging  - or achieving a 'runners' time will be disqualified (ie no medal, no finishers hot meal, no listing on the timing website). 

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What should I carry?

You are responsible for your personal items on the event and an equipment and clothing list will be available from the APP. Some items are essential/compulsory, others recommended.

You will need a daypack to carry the recommended personal items throughout the event including wet weather gear, warm clothing, water, personal first aid kit, and personal items.

At registration you will be issued with a event bib (to be worn on your back/backpack during the challenge), an event pass & lanyard to be worn / carried with you as it will have your timing chip on it, and a route map pack with emergency contact details and the full route on it for use during the event. 


Note: There will be a 'baggage drop' service at the start (The Oval) - to leave larger items of luggage.

How do we navigate?

You will receive a route cardat event registration marked with rest-stops and distances. The route will also be clearly and fully signed with pink directional arrows - meaning you never have to worry about finding your way and you can just concentrate on the Challenge! There will be a Google map of the route - which you can access from the APP.

What if I need to retire?

If you unfortunately have to drop out of the Walk, you will need to do so at the halfway point if possible, where you will need to alert the event organisers, who will 'log' you out of the event. As the route is in Central London - there are many public transport options close by.

Can dogs join the Walk?

No - unfortunately we do not allow dogs to take part in the challenge as we cannot cater for them along the route / rest stops - and can be difficult to manage on the challenge. We do however think dogs make for great training companions!

What shoes should I wear?

This is down to your personal preference. However the route is on tarmac and so we suggest something with a comfortable sole - but do adapt your thinking according to the weather. January can be very cold at times!!

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How do teams sign up?

All teams entering need to be set up by a 'team captain' - this is the first team member who signs up to the challenge and creates the team. Then the additional team members can sign up by stating the team they wish to join and their team captain's name.

There is no limit to the number of participants you can have in a team and creating a team is the only way to guarantee you all have the same start time.

If you have a Corporate Team of 6+ please get in touch to go over our package options.

Can someone take my place?

All teams are made up of challengers who have paid a non-refundable registration fee. We can add people to a team at no charge, but any substitution of a team member is subject to a £25 admin fee - please email us (see Contact Us page) if you need to change a team member. 

Can I meet other walkers?

Once you have signed up to the challenge you will be invited to join our Facebook group where you can find your event's page, whereby we encourage individuals and teams of people to meet, converse and organise training walks. It is a great way to connect with other individuals on the challenge and there is always a discussion going on! If you then want to you can arrange to start with the people you have met prior to the challenge.

Support different charities ?

Yes, this is fine. However, team members will need separate Just Giving pages - and each will need to reach the fundraising minimum target.

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How do I start fundraising?

Once you have signed up to the Challenge and recieved contact from your chosen charity, you can set up your online fundraising page by logging on to Just Giving Once you have set this up you can start sending out the online link to all your friends and family to start collecting donations!

Your charity will also send you a welcome pack which will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans.

What if I miss the target?

If you sign up to the fundraising option, you are committing to fund raise the minimum sponsorship for your chosen charity - with 50% of that fundraising total due 2nd January 2020. See Challenge timeline in the APP.

Failure to meet the initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the challenge. However this is down to the discretion of the charity and will be decided on a case by case basis. If you are cancelled from the Challenge, you will be given the opportunity to pay your own costs on the Challenge (become a self funder). 

Fundraising pack?

Once you have signed up to the challenge your charity is likely to send out a fundraising pack - if you still haven't received this please contact your charity within 2 weeks of signing up to the Challenge.

My charity's not listed?

This event is for listed Charity Partners only and so you must choose one (on the How to Join page/registration form) if you wish to fundraise.

Can teams pool fundraising?

Yes - as long as you are all fundraising for the same charity - you can create a team fundraising page on Just Giving - we also recommend that you let your charity know this is how you will be fundraising. You will still have to reach the combined total amount as the target is per person, not per team.

Fundraise for 2 charities?

No - you must one select one primary charity for whom all your fundraising will be in aid of - this is because your charity will pay for a portion of your place on the event, out of the fundraising generated. If you still wish to fundraise further for another charity, you can do so on your own terms as long as you reach the minimum target for the first charity. 

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