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July 9 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Worcestershire Way Walk 2021

 

Worcestershire Way Walk
9th July 2021

Take on the Worcestershire Way challenge covering 31 miles in a day, and raise funds for our hospice care.

Walk the length of the beautiful Worcestershire Way individually, or in a group.

The walk starts in Bewdley at 6am. From there, you’ll stride out across the Worcestershire countryside before finishing with the spectacular slopes of the Malvern Hills.

Lunch is provided at The Talbot at Knightwick, and you’ll find water stations and marshals along the way. The finish line is at The Red Lion, Malvern, WR14 4RG. A free bus goes from Worcester to Bewdley, Covid guidelines allowing.

You will need to train for this challenge and familiarise yourself with the route in manageable sections.

Why don’t you set yourself a target for 2021 and join the Worcestershire Way Walk?

Before you register, you MUST ensure you read the FAQs and important information below.

Please download your sponsorship form or visit JustGiving to start fundraising.

How your fundraising helps

We saw 120 fantastic walkers take part in our 2019 event, raising a tremendous £25,000 for our care to patients and loved ones.

This amount could pay for an experienced Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant for just over 12 months*, providing additional support to allow patients to remain in their own home.

*20/21 costs including all on-costs

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FAQ's and Important Information

Waiver

  • By signing up to this event, I have read and agreed to the following Terms and Conditions:
  • Event Rules / Conditions of Entry:

    • Each walker must register online by Friday 25th June 2021
    • The designated route of the Worcestershire Way Walk is to be followed
    • No stunts or hazardous actions should be attempted
    • No alcohol or drugs to be consumed prior to or during the event
    • If there is a marshal giving instruction, pay close attention and obey the instruction for your safety and that of others
    • If another walker is in need of assistance you will alert a marshal or St Richard’s Hospice member of staff

    I understand that:

    • This is a walk, not a race and that I will be walking on multi terrain paths with significant hills
    • The Worcestershire Way Walk can be physically and mentally challenging, and includes various hilly terrains
    • I understand I must be physically and mentally prepared to undertake the event and consult a doctor prior to taking part if pregnant, or have any injury, medical condition or disability
    • I need to train and familiarise myself with route before the event day
    • Completion of the walk is necessary before it gets dark
    • Participation in the Worcestershire Way Walk and use of the facilities is entirely at my own risk
    • Organisers, marshals and first aiders have the right to refuse participation at any stage during the walk
    • Walk routes may change due to weather conditions or be cancelled or postponed in extreme weather conditions
    • This event takes part in a natural environment, as such in some areas the ground can be uneven or slippery and insects may be present
    • The event organisers are not responsible for any personal possessions I bring or use at the event
    • St Richard’s Hospice staff and volunteers have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure my safety on the walk but accept no further liability
    • This is a fundraising event and I pledge to raise as much money as possible
    • A mobile phone, water bottle, emergency contact numbers (issued on the day) and route map/ walkers notes must be carried on the day

    I confirm that:

    • I am 18 years of age or above and have no known health problems which would prevent me from taking part in the walk
    • I am fully aware of the risks to myself with participation in the Worcestershire Way Walk. These risks include damage to or loss of property, personal injury and extreme cases, death
    • If you or another participant is in need of medical attention, you will alert a St Richards Hospice staff member, marshal or volunteer
    • I will comply with all instructions given by the event organisers (St Richard’s Hospice), marshals and volunteers, and use any equipment as directed so as not to hurt or injure others
    • I am fit and healthy and do not suffer from any medical condition which would adversely affect my/our ability to safely participate in the Worcestershire Way Walk

    Release:

    • I hereby acknowledge and accept that the organiser and its staff shall not be liable to me for any unforeseeable loss or damage arising from my participation in the Worcestershire Way Walk, including indirect or consequential loss or damage.
    • This disclaimer does not exclude the event organiser’s (St Richards Hospice) liability where an injury or death arises as a consequence of the organisers negligence or that of its staff or fraudulent misrepresentation or any other matter for which it would be illegal or unlawful for the organiser to exclude attempt to exclude its liability.

    Agreement:

    • I have read and fully understand the terms of this disclaimer. By participating in this event I agree to being photographed or videoed and that any images captured will be the property of St Richard’s Hospice and be used in press releases, promotional materials or in all manners of media including social media.
    • If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this document (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or up enforceable, that provision or part provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this agreement shall not affected.

Walkers Pack

  • Terrain
  • A 31 mile hilly mostly countryside walk but with some roads and steps. We guarantee it will be tough but rewarding. You need to familiarise yourself with the route, by doing some training walks along the route in manageable chunks, before the challenge day.

  • Coaches from Worcester to the start in Bewdley
  • We are hoping, covid guidelines allowing, to offer coach transfer from Worcester to Bewdley, although if this is not possible we will ask you to be dropped off in Bewdley instead. We will notify you if the coach transfer has to be cancelled due to Covid rules.

    If you have not already reserved your seat and you wish to travel by coach to the start of the walk at Bewdley please call Emma Price in the Fundraising Admin Team on 01905 958262 ext 8151 or email by Friday 26th June 2021 at the latest.

    The coach leaves from St Richard’s Hospice, WR5 2QT at 5.15am prompt. Astons coaches have kindly provided the transport to Bewdley at a reduced cost. Free car parking is available
    at St Richard’s Hospice. Please park in spaces furthest away from the building. When you come to take your car from the car park, simply drive up to the barrier and it will automatically lift up.

    You can collect your car late on Friday or anytime on Saturday. It may be easier for you to be dropped off.

    Remember we do not provide lifts back to Worcester from Malvern.

    You will be registered for the walk before you get on the coach and will be given your walker notes/Health and Safety notices for the day. This means you will be able to start walking as soon as you arrive in Bewdley.

    If you are travelling independently to the start at Bewdley, you can register from 6am to 6.30am at Dog Lane Car and Coach Park (adjacent to Bewdley Fire Station, DY12 2BU). Please note: we cannot accept registrations at Bewdley after 6.30am. Hospice personnel will be on site, should be evident, (staff/volunteers wearing blue tabards) by the curved wall in front of Bewdley Fire Station.

    Everyone must register so that we can account for all walkers.

  • Parking options for the event
  • Option 1:
    To be dropped off at St Richard’s Hospice by family, friends or a taxi to catch the coach

    Option 2:
    Drive to the pay & display parking in Dog Lane Car Park in Bewdley and leave your car there for the day

  • General Informaton
  • You must carry a mobile phone or walk with someone who has one. You will be asked for the mobile number when you register. This will assist with all our Health and Safety procedures.

    Please carry adequate supplies of water/drink and snacks. Please ensure the drink you carry is in a container/bottle that you can easily refill. There will be water/drinks ‘stations’ en route. These will not all be manned. You will simply refill your bottles and carry on. Top tip – always top up! Thank you to ELMS (Environmental and Landscape Maintenance Services) for putting out the water and for being on hand on the day.

    Toilet facilities are limited (ie pubs or bushes en route) so please bear in mind! Ladies you can always take along a shewee (highly recommended, visit www.shewee.com).

    We have a qualified first aid representative and also marshals from ELMS (Environmental and Landscape Maintenance Services) – who know the route inside out – will be on hand – telephone numbers will be issued on the day.

    The Health and Safety notes included are very important and we would ask you to read them carefully so that your walk is as comfortable and safe as we can possibly make it. Whilst all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure your safety on this walk, we cannot accept any further liability.

    Please promote this walk – before (eg updating your friends on training walks done etc) during and after, using social media:

    www.facebook.com/strichards

    @StRichardsHosp

    #worcswaywalk

Outline of the Day

  • The start at Bewdley
  • If you are travelling independently to the start at Bewdley, you can register from 6am to 6.30am at Dog Lane Car and Coach Park (adjacent to Bewdley Fire Station, DY12 2BU). Please note: we cannot accept registrations at Bewdley after 6.30am. Hospice personnel will be on site, should be evident, (staff/volunteers wearing blue tabards) by the curved wall in front of Bewdley Fire Station.

    Everyone must register so that we can account for all walkers.

  • Tea and cake stop
  • Abberley ladies are kindly providing yummy homemade cakes and teas at Abberley Hall School’s Cricket pavilion which you will pass in the morning. Please try to leave here by 10am.

  • Lunch stop
  • Our free of charge lunch stop is at The Talbot at Knightwick (20 mile point). Please ensure you check-in at this point with hospice volunteers or staff, who will be evident.

    Ideally plan to leave here by 3pm to ensure you make it back to Malvern in the daylight. Please take this into account when you do your practice walks.

    A cold buffet lunch will be provided free of charge from 11.30am – always a highlight of the day! Please note: this is a general buffet so it may not be suitable for those with allergies or special dietary requirements.

  • Massage en-route
  • A sports massage will be available at The Talbot to refresh tired limbs/feet.

Water Stations

  • Water Stations are at:
  • (so you can decant into your own bottles)

    1. Heightington
    2. After Joan’s Hole (1/2 mile) (p16 in the official Worcestershire way guide book)
    3. Abberley school (back gate)
    4. Hambridge Farm
    5. Admiral Rodney
    6. The Talbot – Lunch venue (20 miles completed!)
    7. Suckley Post Office – Longley Green
    8. Norrest Court
    9. Cowleigh Park
    10. Red Lion- Finish- Yipee!!

The Finish and Transport

  • Where is the finish?
  • The Red Lion pub at Malvern is very conveniently situated at the end of our marathon 31 mile route. This is an ideal place to meet family and friends and celebrate your achievement. We will be set up outside if the weather is favourable.

    If you are rushing off please remember you must check in at this point before you go home, this is very important.

    Most walkers finish between 6-8pm. If you are unable to make it this far and leave the route at an earlier stage, please advise us by calling the number on your walkers notes (issued on the morning).

    A certificate and badge will be issued on final check in.

  • Transport at the end of the day
  • Transport at the end of the day must be arranged by each walker. We cannot provide a return coach, as participants will finish at such varying times. Please have relatives/friends on standby to help get you home/back to your car. Likewise, if you decide you cannot complete the challenge at any point you must arrange your own transport via family and friends.

  • The Fundraising Target
  • If you would like any further paper sponsor forms then please email or an easy way to fundraise is to set up a Just Giving Page so that sponsors can donate
    online and the money is received directly by St Richard’s Hospice. This means no chasing by you after the event. Visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SRHWorcsWayWalk2021 and in the section ‘Fundraisers’ click on ‘start fundraising’ (orange box) to set up a page and don’t forget to include your personal story and picture.

    Our fundraising target for the Worcestershire Way Walk this year is £24,000 from 140 participants. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to try and achieve this for our
    patients and families. St Richard’s Hospice provides care free-of-charge to over 3,300 patients and their family members suffering with life-limiting illnesses across Worcestershire.

    We really could not continue to provide our vital services without the support from our local community and people like you, so a huge thank you for taking on this challenge. We would
    appreciate it if all monies raised could be returned to the hospice by 1st September 2021.

Some Health & Safety Tips

  • Food and Drinks
    • Eat carbohydrates before and throughout the walk and make sure you have breakfast
    • Drink plenty of water or energy drinks at regular intervals – Platypus flasks with mouth tube are useful (because you can take on water easily without taking your rucksack off) and also don’t take up room when they are empty
    • Take energy foods – cereal bars, chocolate, glucose drinks
  • Clothes
    • Wear suitable and comfortable walking clothing
    • Wear light layers of clothing including a breathable or cotton t-shirt and fleece
    • Wear two pairs of socks – one thin pair (preferably cotton) and a thicker pair (breathable) or walking socks
    • Take a spare pair of socks for the half-way point
    • Wear worn-in walking shoes (plus spare laces)
    • Wear lightweight quick drying trousers (definitely not jeans)
    • Take a waterproof (breathable recommended) – after all it is England – this can also be used as protection against the wind and something to sit on
    • Face Masks – we will advise on this in due course
  • Warming up and Walking
    • Warm up muscles prior to walking – either by rubbing down, massage or stretching exercises
    • Rub down or massage muscles or do stretching exercises at the end of the walk
    • Training beforehand should concentrate on the knees as these are vulnerable especially when going downhill
    • Take shorter strides when going uphill and even lean slightly forward to assume a “monkey” position (altering your centre of balance)
    • Try to relax when going downhill

    Remember to check with your doctor before attempting strenuous walks if you are unsure of any health issues.

  • What do I need to take with me on the day?
    • Mobile phone
    • Worcestershire Way Walk Guide Book (with walker maps) – Alternatively www.yellowpublications.co.uk do a walkers map, scale 1: 16,000 priced at £7.99
    • Comfortable rucksack that clips around the body
    • Basic first aid kit, including tissues, painkillers and Compeed plasters (obtainable from Boots the Chemist) as they are excellent for blisters, ibuprofen gel
    • Sun/rain hat
    • Map and compass
    • Emergency blanket – silver sheet like the marathon runners use – you can get them from Millets or Blacks etc
    • Walking sticks or poles, essential in muddy conditions
    • Energy gels / sweets / energy sachets for drinks / glucose sweets
    • Gators (if wet)
  • What do we get upon completing the challenge?
  • Every walker will receive a certificate and a Worcestershire Way Walk pin badge.

  • Is there first aid available?
  • Yes, we will have fully trained first aiders on call and together with a first aid trained marshals ‘following’ walkers along the route in their car. Emergency contact numbers will be issued on the morning of the walk.

  • Will I need to carry a mobile phone?
  • Yes, every walker will need to carry a mobile phone and their phone number given to organisers before starting the walk.

  • Are spectators welcome?
  • Yes, of course. The Talbot at Knightwick and The Red Lion in Malvern are good meeting places.

  • Are pets welcome?
  • Yes, dogs are allowed and can be taken on the bus to Bewdley.

  • Do I need to raise money for St Richard's Hospice?
  • We ask you pledge to raise as much as possible or more to help fund our free care and support to patients and families across Worcestershire. Hospice care is free – make your donation count.

    The fundraising team will send you tips on how to raise as much sponsorship as you can before the event.

  • Can I take part and raise money for another charity?
  • No, this is an event organised and paid for by St Richard’s Hospice.

  • Can I participate if I am pregnant or have any health issues?
  • If you are pregnant or have any health issues, we recommend you consult your doctor before attempting strenuous walks, like the Worcestershire Way Walk or if you are unsure of any health issues.

    Although we try and make the event as safe as possible there is always the possibility of unforeseeable incidents such as twisted ankles etc.

  • What's the refund policy?
  • This event is non-refundable. However, the St Richard’s reserve the right to give a refund in exceptional circumstances at their discretion. Refunds will be given if Covid
    guidelines prevent this event from going ahead. We would first look to re-arrange / postpone the walk, than cancel it.

  • Will I hear from St Richards before the walk?
  • Yes, we will send you a walkers pack and ‘final instructions’ a few days before the challenge.

When

July 9 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Cost

£13

Booking deadline: 25/06/2021

Where?

Booking Contact

Alison Parkes