The Rugby March

In Association with the Bristol Bears

Join us for a 6 mile sponsored walk through Bristol that leads to the exciting, live Bristol Bears V Harlequins rugby game at Ashton Gate, while also raising vital funds for St Peter's Hospice.

On Sunday 8th March, enjoy a sponsored walk that starts at Ashton Gate and heads straight out of the city. The six mile circular route passes under the suspension bridge, through Leigh Woods and across the stunning grounds of Ashton Court past the mansion house.

After getting a hero’s welcome back at Ashton Gate, head on in to the stadium to watch the action at the Bristol Bears V Harlequins live game!

Rugby March

Gather your friends, family and colleagues for a perfect Sunday that combines a scenic walk to get your blood pumping, an exciting live match and the chance to fundraise and support local patient care across Bristol.

The entry fee is just £25, which includes your rugby ticket too! Your entry fee helps us cover the costs of putting on the event, so that all of your donations and sponsorship you raise will go towards supporting Hospice patients and families across Bristol. We really appreciate every pound that you raise by completing this walk, helping keep our vital services running for local people when they need it most.

The walk will start at 11am, with the match starting at 3pm.

Please note, some parts of the route are not accessible for wheelchairs and participants must be at least 10 years old. Please read through the terms and conditions. There are limited places available so sign up now to secure your space.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Can I sign up on the day?

We advise that you sign up in advance to secure your space as we have a limited number of tickets available for this event so may be fully booked before the event day. If there are still tickets available on the day of the event then you would be more than welcome to sign up then, but it’s not guaranteed.

If our group sign up separately can we still sit together in the stadium?

Yes absolutely! We will be allocating seats on the day of the event so it doesn’t matter if your team have signed up in separate bookings.

Timings

What time does the walk start?

The walk will kick off at 11am, with registration open from 10am so you can let us know you’ve arrived, pick up a map and get any extra information before it starts.

When does the rugby game start?

The Bristol Bears V Harlequins game will start at 3pm, with entry to the stadium possible from 1pm onwards. By starting the walk at 11am there should be a comfortable amount of time to complete the walk before the game starts.

Getting there

Where do I park?

There is no allocated parking for this event. Please lift share, walk or use public transport wherever possible to reduce the amount of cars that need to park in the area. There are some residential areas in the streets around Ashton Gate that you can park in if you can find a space, plus there are the following car parks about a half hour walk away such as Bedminster Car Park - Dalby Ave, BS3 4DJ and Wapping Wharf Car Park - Wapping Rd, BS1 4RE.

What’s the nearest train station?

The closest train station is Parson Street Station which is a 15-20 minute walk from Ashton Gate.

Event

Is there anywhere I can put 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 would not be allowed into the stadium for registration, before or after the walk. They’re welcome to join you on the walk as long as they are well behaved around other dogs and kept on a lead when not in a park. 

Will there be any water available?

There will be water available before and after the walk, 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.

Where is the starting point?

The specific information about where we will meet and start the walk will be communicated to you ahead of the event date.

Route

How long is the route?

The route is approximately 6 miles long. It will go from Ashton Gate straight out of the city and under the Suspension Bridge, before turning into Leigh Woods. After going through this beautiful wooded area, you’ll head into the scenic Ashton Court and past the deer park before heading back toward the stadium.

Can I take part in a wheelchair?

Unfortunately there is one section of the route within Leigh Woods that has some steps in, so it would not be possible to complete the whole route in a wheelchair. You could join from the top of Leigh Woods for the second part of the walk.

Will it be muddy?

The route is on solid paths for the majority of the time, but they can get muddy in bad weather so please do come prepared with walking boots.

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 at least £50.

What does my entry fee get spent on?

Your entry fee helps us cover the cost of putting on the event including t-shirts, 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 Peters 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. £27.50 would pay for an hour of a nurse’s time.

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 here and let us know that it’s your sponsorship money, or you can also send us a cheque, or bring the cash to the Long Ashton office or to the Hospice in Brentry.

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.

Where can I get a sponsorship form?

You can download one here, or drop us a message if you would like one to be sent in the post to you.

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, at the finishline and many other important roles. We’re also looking for a volunteer photographer to capture the day on camera. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please do get in touch, fill out a form here or e-mail hayley.ali@stpetershospice.org

This event is kindly supported by 

Jeffway Group