How hard is JUST WALK?

We want you to take on a personal challenge and justify your sponsorship if you are walking for a charity. The walking routes are mainly off road where possible taking in footpaths, bridle paths, tracks and trails including the South Downs Way on all routes apart from the 10km route. There are hills and the start/finish point at Goodwood is also on top of a hill. The ground will be uneven at times and, if wet, it could be muddy. Training on a varied terrain on and off roads for all routes are advisable. The routes are stunning and very scenic, and we will do our best to make the whole thing as enjoyable as possible. By offering five different length routes we are offering five different challenges so you can choose how hard you want your challenge to be. Both the 45km and 60km routes are not easy and a big challenge, but with the right amount of training are achievable.


Is there an age limit to JUST WALK?

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult on all routes. Children must be able to walk their route fully, there are not many opportunities to come off the route and do a shorter loop once you have started. No under 16’s are allowed on the 35km, 45km and 60km routes and those aged 16-18, as mentioned, must be accompanied by an over 18. There is no upper age limit but everyone’s medical condition will be taken into account when being permitted to take part in the walk.


Is JUST WALK suitable for wheelchairs or buggies?

Unfortunately, due to stiles and the terrain on the walking routes, they are all unsuitable for both wheelchairs and buggies.


Can I bring my dog to walk or to the start and finish?

Unfortunately, there are no dogs allowed at Goodwood Racecourse, the start and finish location, and some landowners also do not want dogs on their land so sadly no dogs are allowed on the event: however, there will be an exception for working dogs for the deaf or blind. Please do not bring your dogs and leave them in your car. Please let any supporters know that they are also unable to bring dogs along.


Do I have to raise money for charity?

No, you don’t. You can do the walk as training preparation for another event or as a challenge to tie in perfectly with National Walking Month 2018 – it’s up to you!


Can I choose which charity I raise money for?

The best thing about Just Walk is that you can raise money for any charity or fund of your choice. It does not have to be one of the charities you see on our website.


How do I go about contacting the charity I am fundraising for?

All charities will want to know that you are doing one of our fundraising events for them and it is good to make contact early on. Now that you are signed up, get in touch with them; their contact details can be found on their website or in your local telephone directory. Tell them about JUST WALK and ask them for a fundraising pack which will include sponsor forms. If they wish to know more about the event, ask them to contact us directly and we will be happy to answer their questions. It is important to remember to send all of the money you have raised directly to the charity and not to us at Across the Divide.


How much do I need to raise for my charity?

That’s up to you. That’s the great thing! As you will be paying for your entry fee, every penny you raise goes to your charity. When you contact the charity ask them for a fundraising pack and also ask about recommended targets if you are unsure how much you should aim to raise. It’s a good idea to set yourself a target, it is encouraging to have something to aim for.


Will you send me a sponsorship form?

We do not produce JUST WALK sponsorship forms as Across the Divide cannot legally collect your fundraising money, this must go direct to your charity. Please get in touch with your charity for sponsorship forms.


How does the money work?

One very special thing about JUST WALK is that all of the money you raise will go to your charity. You will have paid your total event fees so every penny you raise from now on will go to your charity (even more money if you add Gift Aid, just ask your charity about it).


Will I be supported?

Yes, you will be fully supported throughout your Just Walk challenge. There is lots of information and training support included on our Just Walk website (www.just-walk.co.uk) and there will be further information through a series of newsletters. We will provide you with all the information you need, from all of the details about the day itself and the walk, through to advice on training, kit and fundraising. During the event we will provide meals, drinks, snacks, medical support, walking guides and full event facilities, and you will receive a free (and exclusive) event medal after you have crossed the finish line.  You will be supported every step of the way. Across the Divide, the company behind Just Walk, has more than 2 decades worth of experience in organising charity challenge events in almost every corner of the world and has helped to raise £92 million for charitable causes. We guarantee that you won’t be alone!


What time will the event start?

  • The 35km, 45km and 60km routes start at 08:00 – 08:15
  • The 10km and 25km routes start at 10:00 – 10:15

Please note, however, that timings are subject to change and we will notify you in advance if this is the case.

You will need to sign in on the day at Goodwood Racecourse between 06:00 and 07:30 for the 35km, 45km and 60km routes and between 08:30 and 09:40 for the 10km and 25km.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to sign in. It is very important that you do not start the walk without signing in!


How long will the walk take me?

This will depend a lot on your experience, the conditions on the day and your fitness. Also, the great thing to remember about these walks is that it’s not a race so you can walk at your own pace and enjoy the day. The table below will give you a guide based on previous years’ walkers.


Faster Speeds Average Speeds Slower Speeds
10km finish time ( 10:00 start) Around 11:15 Around 12:00 – 13:00 Around 14:00
25km finish time (10:00 start) Around 13:00 Around 14:30 – 16:00 Around 17:00
35km finish time (08:00 start) Around 12:30 Around 15:00 – 17:00 Around 19:00
45km finish time (08:00 start) Around 14:00 Around 16:30 – 19:00 Around 21:00
60km finish time (08:00 start) Around 18:00 Around 20:00 – 22:00 Around 01:00 (Sunday 13th)


 What is the walk like?

Stunning! We have chosen this area for its outstanding natural beauty and spectacular views. The walk is along footpaths, tracks and lanes avoiding the worst of the mud and nettles and is somewhat undulating with some big hills on some routes. The start and finish point at Goodwood Racecourse is on a hill so the final stretch is uphill. Power stations will be positioned at regular intervals along the routes, allowing access to toilet facilities, marshals, medical support and, importantly, lots of big smiles and encouragement from the Just Walk team!


How do I get to the start and where do I leave my car?

The start is at Goodwood (Horse) Racecourse: the venue details and directions are provided in your pack. There will be plenty of free parking for all at the racecourse*. To help make the event more sustainable we recommend that you look into public transport options and car sharing. We do run a minibus service for a small fee from Chichester train station in the morning. Public transport details will be provided in a later newsletter.
* Parking at Goodwood Racecourse is at your own risk. Across the Divide not responsible for any damage or loss to your car or property.


What if the weather is bad on the day?

We cannot guarantee good weather but only in the event of very severe weather conditions and a warning issued for that area will the event be cancelled. We recommend that you look at the weather forecast in the days prior to the event and wear suitable clothing as recommended in your kit list. Remember to bring kit that prepares you for all weather conditions as the weather can change quickly.


I can no longer participate in the walk, am I entitled to a refund?

We will offer a 50% refund if you cancel your place on the walk up to 28 days in advance (so before Saturday 14th April 2018). Any places that are cancelled within 28 days of the walk are not entitled to any refund. Please refer to the last page of your event pack for the Terms and Conditions.


What happens if I find I cannot continue with the walk?

Obviously, we encourage all walkers to finish their challenge however if for medical reasons you cannot continue we have transport available to collect you. Our advice would be to make it to the nearest power station if possible so staff can arrange pick up. If you cannot make it to a power station, please call the emergency number provided on the day. If one of your supporters picks you up, once again please use the emergency contact number to let us know you have left the walk.  Otherwise we will be out searching for you into the early hours!


My medical conditions have changed since I registered for the event

When you sign in on the morning of the event we will ask you to fill in a small form that must be carried with you at all times on the walk. This will include a small section for medical conditions so we have the most up-to-date information about you, and an emergency contact number. Our team of medics are on hand on the day if you wish to raise any medical issues with them that may affect you on the walk.


I am an individual walking the 60km route and I am worried for my safety once it gets dark?

If you are walking by yourself we will encourage you to pair up with another group or individual for the night time section for extra safety. The safety of our walkers is our main priority. Our guides circulate the route on bikes so we can keep an eye on all of our walkers, especially in the dark.