On the night

Prepare to see your city in a new light

Get ready to experience a very special day. Here are some easy ways to make your Shine Walk Your Way one to remember.

Download a map of your chosen route

We’ve created maps for all of our routes, from London to Glasgow, to make it easier for you to take part in Shine Walk Your Way.

Download the map for your area, put your walking shoes on and start fundraising to help beat cancer sooner!

Don’t forget to download Strava to track your walk and show your friends and family how far you’ve travelled.

Belfast 10k route                           Liverpool 10k route                      Newcastle Gateshead 10k route 

Birmingham 10k route                   London full marathon route         Norwich 10k route                                  

Cambridge 10k route                     London half marathon route       Oxford 10k route                                       

Cardiff 10k route                            London 10k route                       Southampton 10k route   

Glasgow 10k route                         Manchester 10k route                York 10k route  

Leicester 10k route                                                               

 

What to bring

  • Supportive walking shoes - appropriate for long distances and that you’ve already trained in.
  • Breathable/waterproof clothing 
  • Accessories and neon face paint - light, bright colours!
  • 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 #ShineWalkYourWay

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 Walk Your Way is a long way and you’re going to get thirsty so it's a good idea to bring some water with you. 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

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. 

Accessorise

Our range of glow-in-the-dark accessories will help to light up your city!