When does the Gower Macmarathon take place?
The event takes place on Saturday 14th September 2019.
Where does it start and finish?
The event starts at Rhossili Bay in the National Trust Car Park, SA3 1PR and finishes with a celebration at Mumbles Cricket Club, SA3 4JE.
Where can I park my car?
As the event is a linear walk, on the morning of the walk, you may wish to use the car park at Bracelet Bay. This means when you finish the walk at the Mumbles Cricket Club, your car is only a short walk down the hill.
If you decide to do this and choose to take the bus out to the Start at Rhossili, when registering on our website, you MUST select that you require a bus. The bus will take you from Bracelet Bay to the Official Start at Rhossili.
If after registering you would like a place on the bus you must email the hiking team by Wednesday 14th August 2019 - no additional places can be booked after this date.
What time does the hike start?
The 22-mile walk will start from Rhossili Bay at 08.45am so please arrive in plenty of time. The registration desk will be open at 08.00am.
If you have opted to take the coach from the car park at Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, you will need to be ready to board the coach at 07.30am. Coaches will leave Bracelet Bay promptly at 08.00am.
When will the hike finish?
We estimate that people will take approximately 7 - 10 hours to complete the hike so will expect walkers to be arriving at the Finish between 4pm and 7pm.
How will I know the route?
You will be provided with a hard-copy map in your event pack which should be with you in August. You must bring with you on the day but the route will be fully marked and marshalled.
Please note the latest you should leave Oxwich water station to cross the rocks in front of Great Tor safely is 1.15pm, otherwise you risk being cut off by the tide. If this happens Walk Marshalls will not be able to allow you to cross the bay. An alternative, longer, more difficult route would need to be followed which would take more time.
Can someone walk with me who is not a fundraiser?
We’re afraid not. The aim of the event is to raise as much money as possible, so we can be right there for people living with cancer, to help them live life as fully as they can. So everyone who walks on the day will need to pay the £20 registration fee and aim to raise the fundraising pledge of £125.
How many people take part?
We hope to have a team of 1200 people taking part. This is the maximum number allowed to walk on the day so please register as soon as possible to secure your place.
What is the minimum age to take part?
The minimum age for the event is 18. However, teenagers aged 14 and over can take part if they are accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form is completed. They will still need to pay the £20 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising amount of £125.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, you can bring your dog but they must be well behaved and on a lead at all times.
Is car parking provided?
Car parking is available near the Finish at Bracelet Bay (see above). There are also some spaces at Mumbles Cricket Club for family members and supporters who may wish to welcome friends and relatives at the Finish, from approximately 3:30pm onwards.
PLEASE NOTE: transportation back to Rhossili is not provided at the end of the day. We recommend that walkers select to make use of the buses provided or arrange to be dropped off at the Start at Rhossili by family/friends. We do NOT recommend that you drive to the Start and leave your car at Rhossili. If you choose to do this, it is your responsibility to collect your car from Rhossili at the end of the event.
Are refreshments provided?
Bottled water will be available free of charge along the route. However, we recommend you bring at least 2-3 litres of water with you. There will be no food provided so you should bring a packed lunch and snacks, or money to purchase food at the various cafes and refreshment establishments along the route. At the Finish you will be able to purchase hot food and the bar will be open at Mumbles Cricket Club.
How fit do I need to be?
The challenge is a long, sustained walking challenge and therefore requires a good level of fitness. Whilst within the capability of anyone who walks regularly, it should not be underestimated. You can download a comprehensive training guide to help you prepare.
Is there somewhere I can leave my bags?
No, there is no baggage drop facility so you should plan to carry everything you will need for the day.
What happens if I fall ill or get injured on the event?
On the day you will be given an emergency number to contact should you need any assistance whilst on the challenge. Medical services will be available on the day.
There will also be a marshal following the last walker on each 3-6 mile stretch to ensure everyone completes the section safely.
Who organises the event?
The event is conceived and operated by the Swansea Macmillan Voluntary Committee. It is covered by Macmillan Cancer Support’s Public Liability Insurance.Close