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Great Strides™ FAQs

Great Strides is a supported, team walking challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and one of the Trust’s most successful fundraising events! Choose from the FAQs below to find out more.

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Registration

Does it cost anything to enter?

We charge an entry fee of £80, plus a booking fee: this is to help offset the costs of the event.


How big should teams be?

Teams should have a minimum of four walkers and can have up to six walkers. Each team must also have a support driver and vehicle. Entry costs the same regardless of the number of team members.


What is the minimum age to take part?

The minimum age is 12 years old, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.


When does registration close?

Three weeks before the event.

How do I register a team?

To register your team simply complete the online registration form for the event you’d like to take part in:

How do I cancel my place?

If you wish to cancel your place please email us with full details greatstrides@cysticfibrosis.org.uk


Can I transfer onto another Great Strides event?

If you cannot do your chosen event you can change to another Great Strides event. Please email greatstrides@cysticfibrosis.org.uk


Can I transfer my place to another person?

Yes, you can give your place to another person before the deadline closure, please contact greatstrides@cysticfibrosis.org.uk to organise this.


Can I get a refund of my registration fee if I cancel?

No, if you cancel your place you will not be granted a refund.


Can I defer my place to next year?

Yes, if you wish to defer to 2022, please email greatstrides@cysticfibrosis.org.uk 

Event

What happens if the events are cancelled because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Unfortunately, in 2020 our Great Strides events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had a huge impact on our fundraising income, at a time when we’ve seen an enormous increase in the demand for our services.

We are working hard to ensure our Great Strides events will be delivered safely in line with the latest Government guidance, including conducting COVID-19 risk assessments and sharing guidance with you closer to the event. However, if we do have to cancel the series in 2021, there will be an opportunity to take part virtually, defer your entry to the following year or be issued a refund on your entry.

How hard are the walks?

These walks can be challenging but with training and support from us they are really fun and enjoyable with friends and family. Walking any distance is a huge achievement and we can’t wait to celebrate with you at the finish line!


Are the routes signposted?

All routes are signposted and you will be provided with a route map.


Can I bring my dog?

Yes, your dog can take part as long as they are well behaved and kept on a lead.


What does the support driver do on the day?

The support driver will meet the team at each checkpoint and will be able to restock walkers with supplies such as food and drink and extra clothing layers if needed.


Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the start/finish and along the route.

Are refreshments provided?

Hot food is available at the start and finish. Your support driver will also stock up the car with anything you need.


What happens if I get injured?

Don’t worry the event is fully covered with a medical team and first aiders. If at any point you need their assistance our marshals will assist to get you the help you need.


Can my family and friends come to support me?

We hope to be able to allow family and friends to support you at the start/finish or volunteer to cover a checkpoint to support all our participants. This may change depending on the latest Government guidelines relating to COVID-19 and social distancing, but we will let you know closer to the event date.

Can I run?

No, this is a group walking event and we want everyone to enjoy and take in the amazing views and finish the route with the team.

Can my bags be transported to the finish?

The start/finish site is the same, so we recommend keeping all belongings in your car.


Transport

Is parking available?

Yes, free parking is available on site.


Where do support drivers park?

Support drivers will be provided of the locations available to park and meet their team at each checkpoint.


Timetable

What time do the walks start?

The walks start between 5am and 7am, depending on distance.


What time do I need to arrive in the morning?

Your team will be allocated arrival and start times in advance of the event. Please make sure you arrive on time.


How long does it take to complete the walks?

We expect all walkers to complete the 65km walks within 18 hours. Walkers taking on the 40km route should complete it within 10–13 hours.


Fundraising

Is there a minimum fundraising target?

You will need to raise a minimum of £1,000 per team. You can split this amount evenly between everyone if you wish – so if you're a team of six, you would need to raise £166 each.



What happens if my team doesn't reach the £1,000 target?

Our experience over years of running this event is that teams do not have any difficulty meeting this target, as long as they remember to fundraise in good time!

It is important that everyone reaches the minimum fundraising target of £1000 per team to ensure the Cystic Fibrosis Trust doesn’t lose any money on your participation. Once we’ve covered the cost or your participation, the money you raise goes towards fighting for a life unlimited for everyone with cystic fibrosis.

We provide you with as much help as we can to help you reach the target, and our fundraising support team is available by email or by phone 020 3795 2176 Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm) if you want further help.

Can I share a JustGiving page with someone else?

You can share your JustGiving page but we recommend having separate pages as you may find you fundraise more!



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Want to know more?

Let us know how to contact you and our Great Strides team will be in touch to tell you more about the event.