On the night

What to bring

  • Walking number, t-shirt, and back sign with your emergency details filled out on the back. If you haven’t received your pack within a month of signing up, please email shine@cancer.org.uk.
  • Safety pins - to attach your walking number.
  • Supportive walking shoes - appropriate for long distances and that you’ve already trained in.
  • Breathable/waterproof clothing – layers are best as it can get cold overnight.
  • Accessories and neon face paint - light, bright colours that glow in the dark. Light up your city. It’s your time to Shine! 
  • Bottle of water - so you can stay hydrated. 
  • Plasters - just in case.
  • Fully charged mobile phone – you can use it to let your friends know how you’re doing using #ShineWalk.
  • Money – there'll be lots of merchandise and refreshments for you to buy on the night.


How far is a marathon?

A full marathon is 26.2 miles or about 42 kilometres. That’s roughly the same as walking around a football pitch 121 times. It’s a challenge, but we know you can do it if you prepare in advance.

So how long will it take you?

Power walker -  Less than 9 hours

9 hours

Strider -  Less than 11 hours

11 hours

Stroller -  Less than 14 hours

14 hours

How far is a half marathon?

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or about 21 kilometres. That’s like walking almost 50 times around the circumference of the London Eye. 

So how long will it take you?

Power walker -  Less than 4.5 hours

4.5 hours

Strider -  Less than 5.5 hours

5.5 hours

Stroller -  Less than 7 hours

7 hours

How far is 10K?

A 10k is just over 6 miles. That's roughly the same as walking around a football pitch nearly 29 times. It's a challenge, but we know you can do it if you prepare in advance.

So how long will it take you?

Power walker -  Less than 1.5 hours

1.5 hours

Strider -  Less than 2 hours

2 hours

Stroller -  Less than 3 hours

3 hours

Get your kit online. Look the part.

6 night walking tips

Think about your feet

Perhaps the most important piece of kit you’ll take with you is a comfy pair of walking boots. Ideally, you want a pair with good ankle support, but if you’re after something lighter then a pair of hiking shoes are comfortable and breathable too. Walking boots can be pricey, so shop around for a good deal. Remember that a decent pair may come with a heftier pricetag, but they'll last longer. Make sure you train in the shoes you plan to wear on the night - your feet will thank you!

Socks are our favourite secret weapons. A pair of hiking socks will help keep your feet dry, and the thick wool will help to prevent rubbing, sore spots and blisters. 

Stay hydrated

Whether you're doing a 10k, half marathon or full marathon, Shine Night Walk is a long way and you’re going to get thirsty. You will receive water at pit stops along the route, but it's a good idea to bring some as well. Slot a couple of water bottles in the side pockets of a rucksack, or invest in a hydration system (a container that fits into your rucksack with a tube that runs over your shoulder) so you can take a sip of water without breaking pace. 

Layer Up

Autumn is a changeable season and your outfit needs to be able to cope with whatever the weather throws at you. The secret lies in layering your clothes correctly:

  • Start out with a baselayer. These next-to-skin layers are perfect for moving sweat away from your body. 
  • Add a midlayer for chilly autumnal nights. Whether it’s a fleece, jumper or favourite hoodie, adding a midlayer to your outfit will help keep the heat in.
  • Lastly, because this is the UK, bring a waterproof. A lightweight breathable waterproof will keep the rain out but let water vapour from evaporating sweat pass through.

Pack light 

A small 15-25 litre rucksack would be the perfect size for a few essentials, some water and a couple of snacks. With cunning features like hidden access for hydration systems and perfectly padded straps, a quality rucksack will last you for years and see you through a host of adventures. Choose a pack with a ventilated back system to help keep your back dry and wide straps to reduce the strain on your shoulders. 


Our range of glow-in-the-dark accessories will help to light up your city, and all those reflective bits won’t just look amazing, they’ll also help you be seen in the dark.

See and be seen

The Shine Night Walk course is all well lit, but you might want to use a headtorch. These nifty devices leave both your hands free, helping you to move more efficiently, and there’s always light where you’re looking. Energy efficient, bright and lightweight, after a few minutes you won’t even notice you’re wearing one.

Volunteer at Shine Night Walk

Two happy volunteers

The success of the event is down to so many people, and without amazing volunteers like you, it wouldn’t be possible.

If you fancy handing out medals, cheering people on, helping out at venues, or cycling the route to help out participants, then there's a role for you.