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Nightwalk 2016

The Nightwalk with a difference

Nightwalk 2016

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Congratulations! You did it!

Thank you to the 1,000 women who took part in Nightwalk 2016. You blazed a trail of colour through the night, lighting up the Tara Trail. Congratulations for completing the 7-mile or 11-mile sponsored walk. Now the hard work is done, it is time to collect up that sponsorship money and send it in. There are three ways of contributing:

1 – If you’ve been collecting sponsorship money using a sponsorship form (or fundraising in any other way, such as holding a pub quiz or a raffle at work), then please do send a cheque for the total to: Nightwalk, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park, Newport, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU (please do include your sponsor form too)

2 – If you’ve used an online fundraising page to raise sponsorship, then please do give this another push to your contacts on facebook, twitter and email. They will be happy to contribute now you have completed your sponsored walk. The funds raised will go directly to North Devon Hospice, so no need to worry. If you haven’t got an online fundraising page, you can easily set one up here using JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. You will be surprised how much you can raise really quickly.

3 – If you have not raised any sponsorship or done any fundraising, then you can always make a donation yourself towards your Nightwalk participation. Many people choose to do it this way. You can make a donation by clicking here. Just remember to tell us on the form that your donation is in relation to Nightwalk

Photos galore!

As you can imagine, there were some fantastic photos and video taken on the night. It is a pleasure to share some of these with you as a reminder of what an electric evening it was. You might even spot yourself! Massive thanks to Andy Casey, Becky Payne and Mike Southon of the North Devon Journal for capturing the magic.

- Photo album (Andy Casey and Becky Payne photos)
- Nightwalk coverage from North Devon Journal
- Video (filmed and edited by Andy Casey)

We hope you had an amazing time at Nightwalk and we are so grateful for your support. Thank you in advance for any sponsorship monies or donations that come in. You can rest assured that your Nightwalk footsteps will help us make a difference right here on your doorstep.

Here's to next year, Nightwalk's 10th anniversary!


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Nightwalk is a ladies-only, moonlit, sponsored walk along the Tarka Trail. It's a party in the dark, a challenge to rise to, an experience to savour.

More than one thousand women walk together in aid of North Devon Hospice. The Tarka Trail glows not only with your torches and glow sticks, but with the electric atmosphere created by those taking part. The chatter never stops, the laughter is everywhere, and those feet keep going, one after the other, to show that you support those being cared for by North Devon Hospice.

Every step you take helps us care for those affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. You are helping us light up the dark in so many people's lives.

There is music and entertainment, refreshments to keep you fuelled, and the warmest of welcomes awaiting you at the finish.

NEW FOR 2016, we have a theme for the event. 'LET YOURSELF GLOW' is something everyone can get involved in. Whether it is some neon leg-warmers, or a full-on, head-to-toe glowing outfit that can be seen from space! You will be lighting up the Tarka Trail and showing everyone just how luminous the ladies of North Devon can be!

Nightwalk started in 2007, and ever since, it has been North Devon's single largest fundraising event. Thousands of women have walked in solidarity with the hospice, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds in sponsorship to help us provide our vital care and support.

This is a perfect chance to support a worthy charity and have a great night out with the girls. So join hundreds of other local women who will be walking for the same cause, and show everyone how much you support the work of North Devon Hospice.

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Sign up now to take advantage of the early bird registration fee, which is just £15. This will go up to £20 after April 1st, so make sure you get in there quick! Your registration fee goes towards the cost of staging such a large scale event. It is the sponsorship raised by Nightwalkers like you which goes to the hospice and helps us provide our care and support. Therefore, it is essential that everyone taking part shows their support for the work of the hospice by raising some funds towards their Nightwalk challenge. Luckily, you can do this in one of three easy ways:

1 - SET UP AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE. Got to Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving to create your page in just a few easy steps. Send it round to your friends, family and colleagues using facebook, twitter or email. You'll be amazed at how quickly you reach £50 or £100.

2 - DO IT FACE TO FACE. When you register, we'll send you a sponsorship form which you can pass around to those closest to you. Fundraising face-to-face is a great way of doing it, because people will understand exactly why you are doing this and will support you. You'll hit your target in no time at all.

3 - HOLD A SMALL FUNDRAISING EVENT. Run a raffle at work, or a pub quiz down your local. Often people prefer to do this rather than asking people for sponsorship. Again, you'll find support easy to come by as it's for a worthy local cause. We'll send you a booklet full of tips to help make this easy peasy.

DON'T FORGET, it is your contributions that help North Devon Hospice care for local people. Your registration fee just goes towards covering the cost of staging the event. So please do take your participation in Nightwalk seriously and help us help others in your own community.

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We are aiming to make Nightwalk 2016 the most fun, vibrant and electric event yet. For this reason, every woman taking part will be walking on the same stretch of the Tarka Trail. This is based on feedback from Nightwalkers over the years and means you will feel part of a truly momentous occasion, with more than 1,000 local ladies walking together for the same cause. It also means that everyone will get to enjoy the amazing entertainment we've got on offer, including fire performers, light shows and more. There are three routes on offer, choose from:

  • Bideford Rugby Club to Barnstaple Rugby Club (11 miles)
  • Instow Yacht Club to Barnstaple Rugby Club (7 mile)
  • Barnstaple Rugby Club to Bideford Rugby Club (11 miles)

There will be transport provided back to your starting point, and we will also be laying on free buses back to Braunton and Torrington, to make Nightwalk 2016 as accessible as possible for women across North Devon.

There are toilet stops along route, which can be found at Bideford Rugby Club, Barnstaple Rugby Club, Fremington Quay and Instow. These are fully marshalled and patrolled for your safety. All walkers must be at least 16 years old on the date of the walk. If you have any concerns about your physical condition please seek advice from your doctor before taking part. During your Nightwalk we'll ensure you have some of the essentials such as bottled water, tea, coffee and a choice of snacks.

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General FAQS

Can men do the walk?
Unfortunately no. But we have a fantastic men-only walking event called ManTrak. We also do need lots of volunteers for Nightwalk, so men are more than welcome to be part of the event by volunteering. Please get in touch if this is of interest. Call Gerard on 01271 347244 or email

How long is the route?
You can choose either a 7-mile or 11-mile walk. Please see the above section or the registration form for more walk details.

How much does it cost to take part?
Registration is £15 with our Early Bird offer which is available until 1st April, and thereafter registration is £20. We then ask you to raise as much money as possible to support the work of North Devon Hospice.This is because your registration fee only covers the cost of staging the event. It is your sponsorship and fundraising efforts that go to the hospice, helping us care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

What happens after I have registered for the walk?
After you have registered you will receive your registration letter/email.  In efforts to keep our costs low and reduce our impact on the environment, we have asked all our ladies how they would prefer to receive their 'Nightwalk registration pack.'  It can be posted, emailed or downloaded from the website.  At any point, we are happy to post you more copies so please do get in touch.

What if the weather is awful?
The Nightwalk routes are very safe and it would take some very extreme weather for us to cancel the event. However, in this eventuality we would get our volunteer teams together and phone round all Nightwalkers as soon as possible to let them know.  For the most up to date information on this matter or the Nightwalk in general, please visit this website, or our twitter and facebook pages. So even if you think the weather is bad on the night, do come along unless you hear from us.

Who can enter?
We welcome females who are 16 or over to join Nightwalk.

Will it be safe?
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Each route will be marshalled by volunteers and special marshals will be walking the route with you. We also have a special radio communications team on board and first aid on each route.

Will there be toilets?
There will be toilets provided along all routes as well as rest stops.  Facilities can be found at Bideford Rugby Club, Barnstaple Rugby Club, Fremington Quay and Instow.  These are fully marshalled and patrolled for your safety.

Do you have any training tips?
There are many benefits to walking; it is a perfect ways to increase your overall fitness; you can progress at your own pace, it can fit in with any lifestyle and doesn't require any technical skill, or cost you anything!

Here are some helpful walking tips and ideas:

  • Make sure you have a good fitting pair of trainers. Don't get a new pair of trainers just before the walk it is better to break them in at least a few weeks beforehand. If you want to get some new clothing for the walk wear it or at least wash it beforehand to avoid chafing
  • Don't let rain deter you from going out for a walk or run ... after all it could rain on the night!
  • Always warm up prior to undertaking a walk. If you are a stranger to exercise, we would recommend that you build up the mileage and train slowly and steadily. Stop if your body is hurting
  • Wear reflective clothing if walking in the dark

Groups/Teams FAQS

Can we raise sponsorship money as a team?
Yes of course but it would help us if you each had individual sponsorship forms so we can individually record your donation! But feel free to add your team name to your sponsorship form.  If you fundraise online as a team though, please clearly mark each team member by name. Otherwise we might not know who has contributed to your team total.

Can we walk as a team?
Yes you can.  Please tell us your team name when filling out your online entry form (or paper registration form, if you've chosen to print one out instead). We positively encourage you to walk as a team.

On the Night - FAQS

Can a friend who hasn't registered walk with me?
Yes.  However, we would strongly urge everyone to register beforehand for Nightwalk. This avoids the risk of people turning up on the night and the event being full, it also gives people the opportunity to fundraise before the event.  However, for people who register on the night, the registration fee is £25 and we will also give them the sponsor forms and ask them to raise sponsorship after the event.

Can I park at the start?
The starting points are Bideford Rugby Club, Barnstaple Rugby Club and Instow Yacht Club. Parking is available at Bideford Riverside Quay Car Park and Barnstaple Civic Centre Car Park (both very close to the rugby clubs). However, parking is more limited at Instow Yacht Club, so we'd recommend getting a lift. Our buses can drop youoff again at Instow at the end if you so wish. Parking at each start point is limited so we recommend that you car share if possible.

Do I need to bring anything else?
Please bring your mobile phone fully charged and a torch. Please avoid using head torches, as they will be distracting for other Nightwalkers coming in the opposite direction to you (as they are exactly at eye level).

Having started the walk, what if I want to drop out?
YOU MUST SPEAK TO THE NEAREST STEWARD (identified by their high visibility vests) and show them your walker number. They will take your details and arrange for you to leave the walk. You should never be more than a few hundred yards from a steward at any time. (Exceptionally, if you really can't take another step and you are between steward points, ask a walker to go to the last or next steward point to get help, then wait with another walker for a steward to come to your aid).

It is so important that you let a steward know if you intend to retire from the walk so that the laid down procedure for your withdrawal from the event can be carried out.  It is important that you hand in your lanyard if you wish to withdraw. Time and manpower will be used to search for you if we do not know that you have left the walk.

I am walking on my own, is that OK?
Yes, we will ask solo walkers to 'buddy up' with other ladies at the start, so you won't be walking completely on your own.

Once I've registered, when can I start my walk?
As soon as we have a group together, we will set you off on your merry way!

What are the registration arrangements?
Each Nightwalker must report to the registration desk on arrival.  These are busy stations so please be patient and bear with us, we will try and get you all going as soon as we can!

What should I bring with me?
Please bring refreshments including plenty of fluid.  We will also supply you with a banana and a bottle of water at the start of your walk, and a delicious butty and hot cuppa at the finish.

What should I wear?
We suggest you wear walking boots or sturdy trainers (but not new ones!); if donning fancy dress please ensure it will be warm and comfortable enough for the walk. Extra clothing and waterproofs will be needed if rain is likely.  Please don't underestimate how cold it can be in the evening. The best thing to do is dress like an onion - in layers! So you can peel off layers if you get too hot.

What time do I need to arrive?
Your arrival and start times will be confirmed in writing to you when you receive your welcome pack after you have registered.  These details are also available on the website for each walk.

What will happen at the end of the walk?
You will receive a delicious butty and a cuppa at your finish. The bars will also be open at Barnstaple and Bideford rugby clubs should you fancy something stronger- we recommend a designated driver! After a great Nightwalk experience, you can go home safely courtesy of Stagecoach, who will take you back to your starting point or to Braunton and Torrington (or you can go home through your own arrangements). Then simply congratulate yourself on a job well done, before getting some well deserved sleep!

Money Matters FAQS

Can I bring my fundraising money with me on the night?
Yes, but in cheque form please if you have completed all of your fundraising, payable to 'Nightwalk.'  However, we hope that you will continue to raise as much money as you can after the event.

After the event, please send your cheque made payable to 'Nightwalk' and sponsorship forms to Nightwalk, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU. If you have set up an online fundraising page, this will automatically come through to the hospice when the page closes down (which is usually some weeks after the event).

  • Start: Saturday 14 May 2016 18:00
  • End: Saturday 14 May 2016 23:59
  • Description: The Nightwalk with a difference
  • Contact: Gerard Fawcitt
  • Event Type: Hospice Organised
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