Big London Night Walk frequently asked questions

With deep regret and sadness, we were forced to cancel the Big London Night Walk 2018 due to the extreme snowy weather conditions. If you were registered for the 2018 event, the following information should answer any of the questions you have.

Why?

The cancellation of our event was due to concerns for the safety and welfare of our participants after heavy snowfall.

What do I do about my fundraising and entry fee?

Your entry fee and registration fee are both transferable to the 2019 event (8th March). However, please be aware that you must notify us of your intention to transfer by 9th April 2018 before we open registration to the public.

Our work has continued regardless of the cancellation and we are hopeful that should you choose to transfer your place, you will continue to fundraise –however, there’s no obligation to exceed the £250 fundraising target and all funds can be transferred.


The Big London Night Walk 2019 - March 8th

How long is the route?

The route is approximately 13 miles and there will be 3 rest stops along the route where there will be toilet facilities, snacks and a place to rest for a short time before continuing on your journey.

How fit do I need to be?

It’s not an easy challenge but as long as you have a basic level of fitness you should be able to complete the route without any problems. We suggest going out for a long walk of at least half the distance beforehand to help you understand the scale of the challenge and your ability to complete it. We have fully qualified first aiders to help you with any unforeseen difficulties, but if you have pre-existing medical conditions or are worried about your fitness we strongly recommend that you seek medical advice before registering.

How do I get to Shoreditch Town Hall?

The start and finish venue - Shoreditch Town Hall - is located at 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT. The nearest London Underground tube station is Old Street, which is on the Northern Line (Bank Branch). Old Street tube station is a five minute walk from the venue. Exit at Subway 2 in the station for ease of walking. London Liverpool Street station and Moorgate are both an approx. 15-20 minute walk away. The nearest London Overground stations are Shoreditch High Street and Hoxton, both a 5-10 minute walk away. There are plenty of buses - please check on TFL for bus information or here. There is not a designated car park, but there are a number of car parks nearby including a NCP on Great Eastern Street.

Is the route and the rest stops wheelchair accessible?

If you have any specific requirements, please do let us know before registering so we can provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Can I bring my dog on the walk?

We regret that dogs won’t be able to join us on the walk as our start venue and rest stops don’t allow entry to dogs, except guide dogs.

Are there any age restrictions?

We ask that young people aged 18 years and younger are accompanied by a participating adult, and that all participants are over 12 years of age at the time of the event. There’s no upper age limit but, as mentioned above, you must be confident you can complete the challenge.

I’m thinking of coming on my own, will there be other people like me?

Yes! We have lots of people who register for the walk on their own. We’ll have a dedicated area at the start venue where you will get to meet other solo walkers on the night, so you can share the experience with others by walking in groups.

What do I get for taking part?

We’ll provide you with:

  • A map of the route on the night
  • Light refreshments and toilet facilities at the start, finish and three rest stops
  • An event branded high vis vest
  • First aid support in case you should need it
  • A finisher’s medal
  • An alternative and unforgettable night out in London!

What do I need to bring on the night?

Not much, we have almost everything covered. We do suggest that you bring a bottle of water , which you can refill at rest stops. We also suggest that you bring some comfortable walking shoes, some warm clothes, a mobile phone and a raincoat (just in case!).

What about fundraising?

We ask that each individual (including when they are part of a team) aims to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship, which will provide vital support to some of London’s most vulnerable people. This could go towards helping a vendor move into housing, gaining a qualification or provide them with ID to open a bank account and move into employment. If you are worried about reaching your target, please don’t worry as we’ve got lots of ideas and materials that can help you. You will also have up to a month after the event to reach this target.

Alternatively, if you would prefer not to fundraise then you are able to make a one off personal donation of £220 to register your space with no fundraising commitments.

Match Funding

Lots of big companies will offer their employee match funding for any funds they raise for charity so it’s definitely worth asking your manager if this is a possibility as it will maximise your fundraising efforts.

Merchandise

If you ordered merchandise with your event entry it will be available to collect on the night. Alternatively, should you want it sooner please email us and we can post it.

What if I have more questions?

If your question isn’t answered here then you can email us at: events@bigissue.com or call 020 7526 3456.