The St Basils Walk is considered the most unique walk challenge on the events calendar because it happens in a different location every year and does not have direction markers along. Each team has a map and an illustrated guide, book so they have to figure out the rotue as they go.
History: The first St Basils Walk Challenge was successfully held in 1998 across Dartmoor and since then locations have included the Cotswolds, Shropshire, the Lake District, Barmouth estuary and the Malverns. In the early years' the St Basils Walk Challenge was partly intended as an orienteering challenge with team's having to work out a route between checkpoints, but these days walkers are provided with a detailed route guide with directions and photos, and an OS map section to keep them on track. The geography of each walk location has varied tremendously over the years to include forests, mountains and moors and therefore every route distance for each annual walk is calculated using the Naismith's rule which takes terrain, path deviations and elevations into account. Every walk is different!
Teams: This is a team event (minimum team size 3 people) and is great for companies or groups wishing to do some team building (that comes from the need to navigate your way with a map, directions and photos), to improve health and fitness whilst still raising money for St Basils - the midlands youth homelessness charity with natonal reach.
Choosing a route: We now have 3 routes on offer (all start and finish in the same place) and they are designed to be challenging but achievable for every kind of walker.
Short route (usually between 6 and 7 miles) is obviously the easiest and we would recommend this for people who do not regularly walk as a hobby.
Medium route (usually between 12 and 14 miles) is slightly tougher but nothing too taxing because we want everyone to have an enjoyable time.
Long route is usually between 22 and 26 miles and usually contain a few elevations. This is recomended for experienced walkers only.
Cost: The cost per person is £5 for the short walk, £15 for the medium walk and £20 for the long walk. Included in the fee is a Walk Booklet containing pictures and notes directing you along the route, a team OS map section with route indicated, a badge of honour for all walkers and a team certificate including team photo. There are costs involved in putting on any event and none of the team fee goes to the charity so we ask teams to do their best to raise whatever they can in sponsorship as well. Most people have 20-30 friends so if you aim to get 30 people to sponsor you that should be about right (although if you can get more to sponsor you that will be fantastic and the more people you can tell about St Basils and the Walk the better as this will raise awareness too).
Starting Times: Teams can start the walk between 7am and 9am (2 hour window). No team will be allowed to start after 9am so you must get to the starting location in plenty of time.
Duration: Depending on fitness and group dinamic the short route should take between 3 and 4 hours, the medium route between 4 and 6 hours, and the long route between 8 and 11 hours.
Food: Must be purchased directly from the catering company, details of which are on the main Walk page and on the Team Registration forms.
Breakfast is available in the canteen at the Start/Finish point from 6.30am until 8.45am, Baguettes are also available from the canteen from 6.30am to 8.45am.
After walk meals are available from the canteen from 12 noon until 8.30pm.
Toilets: There are usually several public toilets en route. These will be indicated in the walk guide booklet.
Health & Safety: There are several Check Points staffed by marshals on route to check your progress and supply you with emergency water and chocolate. If anyone feels as though they can't continue we will transport them from a check point back to the start/finish point. We also have marshals with vehicles on standby so if anyone does sustain an injury they can be dealt with rapidly. All walkers must read the Walk Booklet that is sent out to all teams before the walk. This contains the Country Code which we encourage all participants to abide by these.
Clothing: Wear appropriate clothing for a days walking over rough terrain and in changeable weather conditions. This includes worn in walking boots, thick walking socks and a change of socks, water proofs, a hat, a ruck sack, a water bottle. Plus think about bringing sun cream. Team T-shirts or fancy dress is welcomed as long as it will not effect your comfort or impede your progress.
Car parking: Is usually limited, therefore we can only offer you a maximum of 2 car parking spaces per team.
Sponsorship target: In response to emails asking about a target for sponsorship we suggest a rough target of £150 per person in the team. We understand though that if your circle of friends are students or not working this may be harder in which case simply aim to get 30 friends to sponsor you whatever they can. If you set up a Virgin Money Giving page please share the link on our facebook page or tweet it out mentioning @StBasilsCharity (and we will Re-tweet).
Social Media on the day: Subject to battery life and signal we will be tweeting about the event on the day via @StBasilsCharity and #StBWalk. Please tweet your thoughts, comments and photos through-out the day or after the event and we will RT when we can. You can also post photos to our Facebook page.
Photos: We will have a photographer taking photos near checkpoints on the day who like marshals will be in a St Basils High-vis jacket. We like to take photos at events as a record of the day and to help promote the next one and it also helps provide your sponsors with proof you did the whole course. We would prefer you to approach this marshal to take photos using your phones/ cameras etc rather than our checkpoint marshals. Additional 'Team photos' are taken on the day at checkpoint one and this will be the photo that will appear on your team certificates. All photos will be made available for you to download via the Walk page on our website after the event if you wish.
Press: If you are happy for your quotes/ feeback about the day to be used in our post event publicity (including our website and enewsletter) please look out for the feedback forms available in the canteen after the event. We will make all necessary attempts to seek your permission if we want to use posed group photos taken on the day for press purposes. (If possible this will be discussed at the time, if not please make sure your contact details are clear on all forms you fill in). We always select one or two teams for pre and post event publicity so please watch out for emails from Communications Officer.
If you wish to speak to one of the organisers regarding this year's Walk Challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0121 772 9614.