Walking challenges have been very popular with our supporters over the last year. You can set your challenge according to your ability – and perhaps your household can participate as a team!
Please stay safe – activities undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice on staying safe.
We offer free supporter places in:
- The Supernova 5K at the Kelpies in March
- The Kiltwalks: in April, the first live Kiltwalk of 2022 returns to Glasgow, and to Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh later in the year. There’s also Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk where you get the chance to invent your own challenge and complete it in a location to suit you. The Hunter Foundation will top up your fundraising by 50% too!
A great virtual fundraising idea came from our supporter Ashleigh:
- Ashleigh set herself the target of running and walking a total of 100 Miles in May. By fitting her challenge around her job as a teacher, making local deliveries of work packs to her pupils helped Ashleigh to chalk up the miles, get fitter and fundraise over £1,300.
‘Around Your World in 80’ Challenge
Take part in our Prost80 initiative! ‘Your World’ could be your garden, house or flat – 80 hours – climbing up and down stairs could be the ascent of virtual Munros or Corbetts in your favourite locations. Select a Munro, note the altitude and divide by the length of ‘Your World’ (stairs, for example), to discover how many times you need to walk it!
80 minutes of running could take you around a Half Marathon, 80 hours of walking might be a virtual visit to your favourite place in the UK, 80 hours of cycling in your locality or on the home trainer could be your virtual stab at John O’Groats to Lands End.
- Our supporter Bobby Jess ran and walked a virtual route from Land’s End to John O’Groats using the LEJOG fitness challenge app. Bobby covered the 1084 miles distance on his regular runs around his local area over 4 months.
- Our supporters in South Queensferry set themselves the challenge of a 24 hour overnight Walkathon along the Fife Coastal Path, raising over £3,700. They set off in smaller groups and with a staggered start to comply with the restrictions on group outdoor activities.
Sharing your walking challenge online
The safest and easiest way currently to collect donations in through an online fundraising page and you can easily set up your fundraising page and share it with friends and family.
It is straightforward to share a fundraising page in a social media post. You can copy and paste the page link from your browser onto an email, text message or social media post. Or you can follow the links from the social media icons on your fundraising page.
You may want to give your sponsors more information about our work. In your social media and email, you can paste links to our website and tag Prostate Scotland on Facebook with @prostatescotlandfundraisersandsupporters and on Twitter with @prostatescot
JustGiving has launched an integration with the free run and ride app Strava, so it’s easier to keep your family and friends updated and share your achievements – this will help you to receive encouragement and donations as you progress!
More ideas on walking challenges
Here are some brilliant initiatives and successful fundraising ideas over the last couple of years:
- One fundraising family set themselves a mountainous challenge in summer by walking up Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers to train for their final aim of scaling Ben Nevis
- Richard, William, Jackie and Andrew – completed the West Highland Way in one week and executed a superb fundraising campaign. With help and a huge amount of generosity from many family and friends they raised over £6,000 in aid of our work!
- Craig and friends have completed several walks in aid of our work, including the Fife Coastal Path
- Edzell Men’s Shed bagged a Munro – and a huge amount of support from their local community in Angus
- The Gentle Giant Mighty Hikers tackled the Rob Roy Way and have engaged their community in Forth with our cause
Planning your walk
Visit Scotland have compiled fantastic information on walking in Scotland, including:
- Scenic short walks
- long distance walking routes for beginners
- coastal trails
- mountain and loch routes
- source to sea trails
- historical routes
- routes along towpaths and cycleways
- city walks
You can also find dedicated practical information on planning a trip to a walking route such as what’s open nearby, and other questions you might have on safety measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 on your trip.
Other fundraising ideas
- Running or cycling challenges
- Be a part of an organised event
- Fitness challenges closer to home
- Virtual social activities