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2020/21 Walk Update

With 2020 drawing to a close and New Year's resolutions around the corner, the K2B Committee wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and advise of our plans for the next year.

The Committee plan to keep in close contact with local Councils and Cumbria Police to understand how things are changing and what we can achieve in terms of an event. We plan to make a firmer announcement in March for the year but would like to share the provisional stance.

While news of the vaccine being distributed is excellent news, we do not believe we will be able to hold a full event in May.

The 2020 postponed K2B and C2B walks are pencilled in for 18th September 2021. This will of course be subject to the guidelines at the time but we are hopeful that by this point the situation will be such that the walk can go ahead.

We plan to hold the Resolution Cup Challenge that was postponed in September 2020 prior to the full walk in September 2021 if circumstances allow.

All walkers already registered for the 2020 walk will remain so and teams will remain as is. We look to reopen registration in May which will allow team coordinators to modify their teams and if spaces are available new walkers to join.

 

The Walk Day In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone number has changed. It is now 0777 888 4020. The new number will be printed on lanyards and route cards.

General FAQs

2020 Walk Postponement

When will the walk be held if not the 2nd May?

The walk will now be held on the 8th May 2021.

Why are the 2020 walks postponed?

In order to ensure the safety of walkers and road users, the walk relies heavily on marshal support from both volunteers and Cumbria Constabulary.As the risk of Corpona As the risk of Corona Virus continues, we are unable to ensure this support will be available in September. As the walk takes place on roads, without our marshal support we are unable to guarantee a safe event for the 2500 - 3000 that walk. 

Will there be any changes for the 2021 walk?

We are hopeful that the majority of impacts from Covid-19 will have passed in time for May 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any changes to the walk in line with Government guidance and restrictions.

Why can't I pay my registration fee?

We will not be accepting any new registration's until January 2021.

What happens to donations I have already received?

All donations will be carried forward to the 2021 walk.

As defined in the Terms and Conditions, donations are non-refundable and we will ensure the nominated charities and good causes receive these as normal after the postponed walk in 2021.

Will I have to re-pay my registration fee/donations?

No, any money you have paid so far will contribute towards the postponed walk in 2021.

What happens if I've paid the 2020 Registration Fee but can't make the new 2021 date.

We understand that due to the change of dates some people will not be able walk in May next year; please be assured that the money you have raised this year will still be distributed to the charities and good causes you have nominated in 2021 in line with the terms and conditions.

I'm currently the Team Co-ordinator but I won't be around for the 8th May 2021

Thats still ok, so long as you can set someone else to deputise for you, they know the status of your team members and can collect the timing tags etc from Registration

I've been removed from my team as I deferred to 2021 and they were all going to walk in 2020.

You'll need to speak to your team coordinator who will need to add you back into your team.

 

2020 Walk

What’s the format of the 2020 walk?

In 1976, the Barrow Shipyard first challenged the Royal Navy to walk from Keswick to Barrow. Every year since the Shipyard and Navy have gone head to head to be the fastest team home.

This year, on the 26th September, to honour the founding of the Keswick to Barrow Walk, the Committee will support 2019’s Shipyard winners and the Royal Navy as they re-enact walk that started it all to raise monies that will be distributed to local charities and good causes that have been front and centre supporting local people through the impact of the Covid crisis*.

 

Which charities will the Resolution Cup walk support?

This year’s Resolution Cup will focus on raising money for:

  • Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity
  • St Mary's Hospice (Ulverston)
  • St John's Hospice (Lancaster)
  • Cancercare (North Lancs and South Cumbria).

With the potential to support additional charities if over £75,000 is raised.

 

 

How were these charities chosen?

Due to the exceptional circumstances we are going back to the origin of the walk and as such we are keeping it local.

 

I heard there is still going to be a walk in 2020, can I take part?

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to reduce numbers of this year’s walk. In honour of the first ever Keswick to Barrow Walk the winning Barrow Shipyard team from 2019 will face off against the Royal Navy for the Resolution Cup. These will be the only teams able to walk in September.

 

*A list of charities will be confirmed shortly

 

 

 

General Queries

 

Why all the plastic cups?

The Keswick to Barrow Walk does hand out plastic cups at our water checkpoints. However, we strongly urge our walkers to bring reusable drinks bottles to enable us to cut down on the number we use each year. 

Can I bring my dog(s)?

Only assistance dogs are permitted on the Happy Buses and at the finish line at Hawcoat Park.

How do I find out about the route?

Try our route pages.

What on earth do I wear?

Suggested clothing and items to bring on the day can be found on our Approaching the Walk page.

Accessibility

Can wheelchair users join in?

The Keswick to Barrow Walk route is not suitable for wheelchairs. The Coniston to Barrow route is suitable and we would love to have more entrants; if you'd like to investigate the route before you sign up, you can find the details here.

Are there any age restrictions?

While there are no age restrictions on the Keswick to Barrow and Coniston to Barrow Walks, we do recommend that the Walks are unsuitable for unaccompanied children under 12 years old, due to the close proximity of motor vehicles on the public highways. All under 16's will need a Parental Consent form in place before they are allowed to participate.

Getting Prepared

What should I do to prepare for the walk?

There's loads of great information on the website about this topic. Try our Approaching the Walk page if you're looking for the logistics and we have a whole host of advice on Training and looking after your Wellbeing.

The Big Day

What happens on the day?

There loads of information about what happens on the day on this page, including how you can locate walkers on route and when to get to the start.

What help is there if I have problems on the day?

We have a whole army of volunteers out on the route so please let us know if you're having difficulties. Teams of First Aiders at generally at each checkpoint but they also pop up along the route at suitable locations.

If you do need to drop out, please call ICE (the number on your lanyard)and let us know that you are safe if you are unable to inform an official locally.

Emergencies

In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone 0777 888 4020

In case of emergency, if a threat to life is posed, a crime is in progress, or a serious accident has occurred, call 999, and then call ICE. The ICE number is printed on walker lanyards.

Sponsorship

How does a nominated charity claim Gift Aid?

All donations are made to the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee. As such, it is the Keswick to Barrow Charity that claims the Gift Aid on donations made.

How do the charities and good causes that benefit from the K2B get their money?

Money is BACS transferred to your charities and good causes. This will show in their account on the day after the presentation evening; this date is displayed at the bottom of the website pages in the 'Diary' section and will change every year.

Each September we will email the address registered for the charity account to confirm that the organisation is still active and the details, particularly Bank Details, we have are still correct.  If the charity or good cause does not complete this re-validation the organisation will not be available for teams to select in the future years when nominating charities or good causes.

What's the most important thing to do on the walk?

Above all, enjoy the walk. Taking part in the K2B or C2B is a fantastic and memorable experience. You meet like-minded walkers and runners on the way. The atmosphere is unique and on finishing, as you enjoy those free beers, you will feel great, even if you cannot manage another step. And not forgetting the money you have raised through your sponsorships to help people more needy than yourself. Good luck!