The Rugby March

Participants

What is the minimum age?

Participants must be at least 10 years old to take part in The Rugby March, and all under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult who is responsible for their safety. For young participants, please ensure they will be comfortable completing the distance of the walk.

When's the deadline to sign up?

We advise that you sign up early to secure your space as we have a limited number of tickets for the Bears game. If we still have spaces available, the last day to sign up will be Thursday 10 March. We can only take sign ups on the day for the walk but it wouldn't include the rugby match as the tickets all need to be allocated before the match weekend.

Can I take part in the walk but not stay for the Bears v Harlequins game?

Yes that's no problem at all. When you register for The Rugby March, select that you don't want to receive a ticket for the match. Registration will then be just £20 to take part in the walk and receive the t-shirt but not a rugby ticket.

Can I take part in a wheelchair?

Unfortunately the route is not accessible due to some steps going up Nightingale Valley into Leigh Woods. It is only a small section so if a mobility scooter or walker could be picked up for this section, or if you could join the route from Leigh Woods, then you would be more than welcome to take part. Please get in touch with the team so we can discuss the route and see what we can do.

I can no longer take part, can someone else walk in my place?

No sorry, your registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable so you can’t give your place away to anyone else. Please do let us know if you can no longer come.

 

Bears v Harlequins

How do I get my ticket for the match?

This year, you'll be able to select and book your seat in advance and have your ticket ready to go before event day. After registering for the Rugby March, you'll be sent instructions on how to book your seat on the Bristol Sport website and a code to use so that it'll be free and no extra cost.

If you're having trouble registering for your ticket, see our guide here.

Can I sit with everyone in my team?

Absolutely. You can choose your seat in the stadium so can select who you want to sit with, regardless of whether you all signed up to the Rugby March at the same time or not. 

You can book your group's seats in the stadium at the same time. Select all the seats in the stadium that you need and then enter everyone's codes at the same time to book mulitple seats.

Where will we be sat?

We'll all be sat together in the Dolman wings in E32 and E34 to cheer on the Bears!

What if I'm a season ticket holder or don't want to stay for the game?

Yes that's no problem at all. When you register for The Rugby March, select that you don't want to receive a ticket for the match. Registration will then be just £20 to take part in the walk and receive the t-shirt but not a rugby ticket, so you're welcome to complete the walk and then either not join us in the stadium after or go to your season ticket seat.

 

Timings

What time does the walk start?

We have two waves of walkers this year to keep everyone spread out and safely distanced. The first group can join us at Ashton Gate from 11am and will start walking at 11.30am, while the second group can join us from 11.30am to start walking at 12pm. It's important you stick to the time you selected while signing up to make sure there's enough space for everyone. 

What time would I finish the walk?

The average person walks around 3 miles per hour, so the course could be completed within a couple of hours and you should comfortably finish before kick off at 3pm. The stadium will be open to go into for food, drink and to find your seat from 1pm.

When is kick off?

There’s no deadline to finish the walk, however be mindful that the match will kick off at 3pm.

Event day

When will I receive my event pack?

Your event pack, which will include your Rugby March t-shirt, will be sent out to you at the start of March so that you can arrive at the stadium ready to go.

Where is the starting point?

Join us at Ashton Gate within the Lansdown concourse on the left hand side of the stadium when arriving from Winterstoke Road via VIP Entrance 1, there will be signs to direct you. Here you'll be checked in, there will be hot drink stands to purchase from, and we'll say some words before starting the walk and cheering you on!

Where do I park?

Be aware there is no parking at Ashton Gate. There is residential parking in the streets nearby or the following car parks are a half hour walk: Bedminster Car Park - Dalby Ave, BS3 4DJ, Wapping Wharf Car Park - Wapping Rd, BS1 4RE, Millennium Square Car Park – Canons Way, BS1 5LL


Please lift share, walk or use public transport where possible, following all guidance on mask wearing . The closest train station is Parson Street Station which is a 15-20 minute walk away.

Is there anywhere I can leave my personal belongings?

We do not have a bag drop and take no responsibility for any personal belongings. Everything you bring along will need to be carried for the whole event or locked in your car.

Can I walk with my dog?

Dogs are welcome to join you on the route if they are well behaved and can stay on a lead the entire time, and you keep a good distance from everyone else. However they will not be able to join you within Ashton Gate for the registration or for the match.

Will there be any water available?

There is water available at Ashton Gate as well as a refreshment stand halfway along the route in Leigh Woods but we ask all participants to bring enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the walk. Please bring a reusable water bottle if you can.

What should I wear?

Come in comfortable clothing and good walking shoes, plus be prepared for all types of weather. You’ll receive a Rugby March t-shirt in the post before the event to wear with style. If the weather looks wet, bring a spare pair of clothes to change into after the walk to be dry for the game.

Will there be any showers available?

There are showers available at Ashton Park School to use after the walk if you wish to, marshals at the end of the route will direct you. Please bring everything you need for the shower and leave it clean afterwards.

What Covid precautions will be in place?

There are staggered starts to keep everyone spread out in the morning and along the route, and participant numbers will be limited. There will be hand sanitiser available at the start and finish, and the route is fully outdoors in the fresh air.

St Peter's staff will be taking a lateral flow on the morning of the walk and wearing masks indoors to make sure we are keeping everyone safe, and we ask that you do the same. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms.

We will be following any new government guidance and are ready to adapt our plans to suit any unexpected changes to the guidance, and participants will be kept updated. 

 

Volunteering

Walking is not for me but can I help in any other way? 

Yes! You can help by volunteering on the day to help us with registration, marshalling, front walkers and collecting donations around the stadium. We need a large number of volunteers to make this event possible so would really appreciate your support and are still looking for some more help. We especially are looking for some front walkers to lead the way so if you're comfortable walking 6 miles at a good pace please get in touch! We also need a few more marshals around the route. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please do get in touch and email fundraisingvolunteer@stpetershospice.org or fill in our form

 

Where and when is the volunteer briefing for marshals?

The briefing will be at Ashton Gate at 10.30am, please aim to arrive for 10.15am to be ready for the briefing. You'll receive some further information before heading out to your marshal point. There is parking organised for volunteers a short walk from the stadium

Fundraising 

Is there a minimum amount you need to raise?

We have not set a minimum sponsorship amount that you need to raise, but we would encourage everybody to raise as much as possible, because every penny counts. Your entry fee will help us cover the cost of organising the event, so it is vitally important that you raise sponsorship money on top of your entry fee. We would love for each participant to aim to raise £50, that would raise such a brilliant amount to help the local community.

What does my entry fee get spent on?

Your entry fee helps us cover the cost of putting on the event including t-shirts, the rugby tickets, first aid cover and general event costs so that all donations and sponsorship money raised can go to helping patients and families in Bristol. 

Why should I raise any money?

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice, and are there to support patients and families across the Greater Bristol area from Chew Valley to Keynsham, Fishponds to Portishead. All our services are free and for most of this we are reliant on our wonderful supporters fundraising and giving donations at our events, in our shops and in wills. £50 would pay for an hour of a nurse’s time to support patients in their homes or in the Hospice when they need it most.

 

How can I get the money I’ve raised to you?

There are lots of ways that you can get your wonderful sponsorship money into us. If you’ve fundraised through an online giving page like JustGiving then it will come to us automatically without you having to do anything at all! You can also pay it straight to us through our website and let us know that it’s your sponsorship money, or you can also send us a cheque to the Long Ashton office. Please don’t bring donations in person to Brenty at the moment.

 

How do I set up a JustGiving page?

JustGiving pages are a great and easy way to spread the message about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it! You can make your page here, and then post your page on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email signature and anywhere else you fancy to spread the word. You can also set up a team on JustGiving.