Friday, 25 November 2016

 Introducing our first charity partner:  Rockinghorse 

We couldn’t be more proud to welcome our new charity partner: Rockinghorse, one of Sussex’s most loved and inspiring children’s charities.

Every day of the year, this fantastic charity works tirelessly to improve the lives of sick children all over Sussex and 2017 just happens to be the year of their Golden Jubilee.

As one of our charity partners, Rockinghorse will dispatch an army of 40 walkers to join us
on the 13th May, taking on the various routes and walking along the stunning South Downs whilst raising money for this amazing charity. By these supporters taking part in the Just Walk challenge it means Rockinghorse can continue to collectively ensure children’s services across Sussex are the best they possibly can be, now and in the future.

Rockinghorse is in no shortage of ambitious plans for their 50th year and with fundraising money raised, intend to allocate 10 centres and services in Sussex, each with £50,000 to help them improve, refurbish, and develop their environment for young people benefitting from their work.

Rockinghorse aim to provide a total £500,000 worth of funding to the following centres and organisations:

·         The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital
·         The Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Sussex County
·         The Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital
·         Bluefin Ward in Worthing Hospital
·         Chailey Heritage Foundation
·         Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
·         Finches Short Breaks Centre
·         The Bungalow
·         The Connor Saunders Foundation
·         Tudor House

You can find out more information on each of the projects by clicking here

Celebrate Rockinghorse’s anniversary year - take on the Just Walk challenge in their name!  

If you would like to make a difference but don’t yet have a chosen charity, why not support the Rockinghorse appeal and take on one of their discounted charity places. To find out more call Hannah on 01273 330044 or email 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Top 3 reasons of why spending time outdoors is so important to families

With busy schedules and the stresses of modern day living all too real, it can be hard to find the time to stay connected as a family and spend quality time together. But, fear not, we have the solution to your problem…

So put your mobile phones down, drag the kids away from the TV and sign-up your whole family to the Just Walk challenge on Saturday 13th May 2017 for a great family day out on the stunning South Downs.

It’s so simple to sign-up; choose your preferred distance of either 10km or 20km if you are doing it with children under the age of 16. Or if your family are all 16 and over, you can also choose from 30km, 40km or the BIG 60km if you are feeling especially brave.

Life can become busy juggling work, household chores, raising a family, commuting and general tiredness. A recent study showed the average British family spends just 34 minutes a day together during the week[1] so we’d like to help families amend this statistic and make a difference.

Sign-up your family today and these are just some of the benefits you can expect to see by spending time together outdoors:
  1.  Strengthens family bond – spending time together and indulging in leisure activities as a family is a great way to feel closer to one another both physically and emotionally.
  2. Improves your child’s development – by playing and spending quality time together not only will you develop the lines of communication between you, you will also be generally helping and guiding your child more, which in turn will lead to an improved school performance.
  3. Happy and well behaved children – yes its true, the more time spent together will result in happier children both through exercise and the release of endorphins but also from good old fashioned fun, outside in the fresh air.

By taking part in this challenge you’ll get to experience the great outdoors with the ones you love, you can either do this as a personal family challenge or you can decide to raise money for a charity of your family’s choosing.

We’re certain you’ll all enjoy it so much you’ll want to make this an annual family get together. To book your place today, click here.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) by our Just Walk walkers

Below are some of the answers to the questions that we are asked about the most from people thinking about joining the Just Walk challenge.

Can I do this challenge?
Yes! Due to the nature of our challenge and the fact that we have various routes for all abilities, from the novice walker to the seasoned-pro, we truly believe that you can find a walk suitable for your fitness level and goal.

Do I need to raise money for a charity?
No, not if you don’t want to. You can do this as a personal challenge and find out just how far you can push yourself, or if you would like to, you can raise money for a worthy cause close to your heart.

Can i support any charity?
Yes, the great thing about this event is that you can raise money for any charity of your choice. You pay the event fee to enter directly to us and all the money you then raise you can give directly to your chosen charity – there are no extra costs.

I’m interested – now what do I do?
It’s simple, you can book your place today either online or call us on 01297 300 504. As soon as your registration is received we’ll send out an event pack plus updates and information throughout the build up to the event.

What’s included?
You will have full ‘Just Walk’ support and advice throughout including training and fundraising advice plus marshalled checkpoints along the route with drinks, snacks, (these vary from route to route) logistical and medical support, big smiles and lots of encouragement. When you cross the finishing line you will receive a Just Walk medal plus a certificate emailed out to you after the event.

What time will the event start?
The 40km and 60km routes start at 08:00
The 20km and 30km routes start at 09:30
The 10km route starts at 11:00
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 by 07:30 for the 40km and 60km routes, 09:10 for the 20km and 30km routes and 10:40 for the 10km route at the latest.
Please allow yourself plenty of time to sign in. It is also 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. The table below will give you a guide based on previous years’ walkers.

Faster Speeds
Average Speeds
Slower Speeds
10km finish time (having started at 11:00)
Around 12:15
Around 13:00 – 14:00
Around 15:00
20km finish time (having started at 09:30)
Around 12:15
Around 13:30 – 14:30
Around 16:00
30km finish time (having started at 09:30)
Around 13:30
Around 14:30 – 15:30
Around 18:30
40km finish time (having started at 08:00)
Around 14:00
Around 15:30 – 17:30
Around 20:00
60km finish time (having started at 08:00)
Around 18:00
Around 20:30 – 22:30
Around 02:00 (Sunday 14th)

How fit do i need to be?
All of the routes chosen have been designed to be challenging yet achievable as long as you have been training beforehand and are realistic about your level of 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.

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 walking routes. No under 16’s are allowed on the 30km, 40km and 60km routes. There is no upper age limit but everyone's medical condition is taken into account when being permitted to take part in the walk.

What equipment will I need?
A good, decent pair of walking boots and walking socks are essential, and it is vital that you train in them so they are already broken in for the day to avoid blisters and general discomfort. A lightweight rucksack and lightweight clothing is recommended. We also advise you dress in layers so you can easily remove or add layers depending on temperature change. Waterproofs are a must!

What will I need to carry?
We recommend you carry a rucksack for the items you might need throughout the day such as food, drink, first-aid kit, sun cream, sun hat, wet weather gear and of course your camera.

Will there be food and drink available?
For those walking the 40km and the 60km race there will be hot breakfast rolls and drinks provided at the start, for all other routes you will receive a free hot drink and you can buy food onsite.

Checkpoints along the route will have drinks and snacks, plus a packed lunch on route for all those walking the 20km, 30km, 40km and 60km routes

For 40km walkers there will be hot soup and for the 60km walkers there will be a hot meal served on route included as part of your registration fee.

Are dogs allowed?
Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on this walking challenge. However, there will be an exception for working dogs for the deaf or blind. Please do not bring your dogs and leave them in the car, in the car-park.

Is Just Walk suitable for wheelchairs or buggies?
Unfortunately due to stiles and the terrain on the walking routes, they are not suitable for either wheelchairs nor buggies.

I’m a bit nervous about walking on my own, do you have any advice?
Don’t be nervous, there will be lots of people in the same position as you, so we are sure you will meet someone else to buddy up with. We have always found participants to be very friendly and always willing to help one another around the route.

What support is there on the day of the event?
You will be fully supported throughout your Just Walk challenge. We have checkpoints across all routes that will be fully marshalled with drinks, snacks, logistical and medical support as well as lots of encouragement. We also have a safety back up team, plus a full medical support team should you need it.

What if the weather is bad on the day?
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee good weather. 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 (before Saturday 15th April 2017). Any places that are cancelled within 28 days of the walk are not entitled to any refund. Full terms and conditions can be found in your event pack which you will receive once you have registered.

How do i go about raising sponsorship?
All charities will want to know that you are taking part in a fundraising event for them and it is a good idea to make contact early on. Once you are signed up, contact the charity (their contact details can be found on their website) and tell them about Just Walk. Ask for a fundraising pack which will include sponsor forms, and ask if they are associated to an online giving site such as Just Giving. If they wish to know more about the event, please 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 Just Walk, Across the Divide.