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3. The night of the challenge

  1. Timings
  2. MoonWalk City
  3. Travel
  4. All about the Bra
  5. Changing challenge on the night
  6. Clothing
  7. Route
  8. Finishing and recovery
  1. Timings

    Arrival times - Gates will open at 9pm for all MoonWalkers.

    Gates closing - Gates will close at 10.30pm, please ensure you arrive before.

    Start Times - There will be 2 starts leaving in waves, wait in your coloured start area and listen out for the announcements inviting you to the Start Line.

    Start times are subject to all local authorities and our health and safety confirming that the route is ready to accept Walkers and will not be confirmed until the night of The MoonWalk.

  2. MoonWalk City

    Which Number Start am I?

    There are 2 starts and it is important that you join the start that you have been allocated to so that everybody has the opportunity to walk at their chosen pace and that you don’t cause any bottlenecks.

    Start 1 - Yellow

    Start 2 - Pink

    Green - New Moon - will start at the back of the Yellow Start.

    Please Note:

    Over The Mooners can choose their start but are strongly advised to join the Yellow Start to allow maximum time for the challenge.

    3 Land Challengers can choose their start.

    If you have friends in different coloured starts we are more than happy for you to join them, provided they are in a start behind you. You cannot join Walkers in starts ahead of your colour. This is to help everybody, so please do not abuse this condition or you may be asked by Security to go to the final start. Please stay in the main tent until you are invited to the Start Line.

  3. Travel

    Where is the start / finish?

    Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Take a look below or at this google map

    Car

    We would advise all walkers to travel to Holyrood Park by public transport to avoid congestion in the area. There are bus services and plenty of taxis leaving Waverley Station. However, if you must travel by car, please be aware that there will be NO parking in the park at any time. If you need to park in Edinburgh please use the NCP car parks as there is little street parking in the area.

    Coach

    There is NO coach parking in Holyrood Park. There is also no waiting and your driver must stay with the coach whilst everyone gets off. Your coach company or driver must make their own arrangements for parking – there is no parking in Holyrood Park at any time.

    Plane

    If you are flying into Edinburgh there is an express bus service from the airport to the city centre which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Airlink 100 terminates at Waverley Bridge, near the mainline station and tickets can be bought from a desk at the bus stop or on the bus itself. See www.edinburghairport.com for further information.

    Train and Bus

    The main station in Edinburgh and the most convenient one for transport connections to Holyrood Park is Waverley Station, located in the city centre. From there it is just 0.8 miles to The MoonWalk Scotland. Lothian Buses number 34 from Leith Street drops off at Abbeyhill which is just north of the event site. This journey will take approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic.
    For further information, see here

    Taxis

    Taxis are plentiful from Waverley Station, either from the main concourse or if queues are long, there is another taxi rank on Waverley Bridge. Estimated journey time, 10 minutes depending on the volume of traffic.

    If you need a taxi when you have completed your challenge, they will also be found on Queen’s Drive.

    Walking

    As you are feeling fit and ready to go, walking may be a good option to get your limbs loosened up. It will take around 15 to 20 minutes to walk from Waverley Station depending on your walking speed.

  4. All about the Bra

    Wearing a bra to take on a challenge is the Walk the Walk trademark and one of the reasons we manage to raise so much awareness and money for our vital causes. We know how much courage it can take to go out onto the streets wearing a bra but we can promise you that within a few minutes of being in the company of so many thousands of others it will feel like the most normal thing to be doing. We ask you to be brave and not wear the bra over the T-shirt, as it does not look good and will rub. Remember to bring your T-shirt and a zip-up sweat top which you can wear tied around your waist, ready to put on if you feel chilly.

    However, if you are thinking that it is not for you and feel very self-conscious… then read on!

    Firstly, you won’t be alone, one thing we can guarantee is that every age, shape and size will be at The MoonWalk! There are many clever ways to decorate your bra which will give you more confidence on the night, and disguise those bits that you might not want to share.

    And for our menfolk taking part… yes, it applies to you too! Just remember it is about raising awareness and most men taking part will be wearing bras. Evidently, the cups make great pockets and many men are seen using them as pockets for storing power bars and yummy goodies! In fact, some of our most over the top efforts come from the gentlemen!

    Just remember wearing the bra is about Having fun and Raising awareness!

    Why not read more about our decorating tips here?

  5. Changing challenge on the night

    If you are registered for the Full Moon and want to change to the Half Moon you can complete the half marathon on the night but you would not be eligible for a medal as you didn't complete the challenge you signed up for. If you want to change from the Half Moon to New Moon you would need to go to the New Moon Registration which is in the main tent and let us know that you are now doing the New Moon so we know to expect you at the Finish Line. However again you would not be eligible for a medal as it is not the challenge you originally signed up to do.

    Can I register to walk on the night?

    Unfortunately, you will not be able to register for the walk on the night however you can Volunteer.

  6. Clothing

    So that we all look the part in this amazing thousands-strong team and so you are as comfortable as possible we suggest that you wear / bring the following:

    1. The Bra - You've done the training, you're feeling fit... now it's time to show off your bra. Now it doesn't mean wearing your bra over your T-shirt... not a good look and very uncomfortable, it means wearing your bra in all its splendid glory and that goes for the boys too! More tips here
    2. Walk the Walk T-shirt - Use this to travel to and from the event in (unless you really want to come on the bus in your bra!).
    3. Sweat top - Zip front and long sleeves if possible so that you can wear it tied around your waist ready to put on or simply slip over your shoulders if you get cold.
    4. Event Cap - For your own safety your cap has reflective strips, plus if your head is warm the rest of you will be, so keep your hat on! Pink tartan with WHITE peak for FULL Moon, pink tartan with PINK peak for HALF Moon, black and white tartan for New Moon, black and white stripes for Over The Moon.
    5. Black leggings / shorts - Track pants, jeans etc are not suitable as the seams will rub.
    6. Training shoes - Please use the ones that you have been training in, now is not the time to wear new shoes.
    7. The Weather Protector - is in the clear plastic bag and is fantastic for keeping the elements off whilst allowing you to wear that bra with pride. It does keep you very warm. Don't take it out of the bag until you need it! If you forget to bring yours on the night or want to have more then we will be asking for a minimum £2 donation per item.
    8. The Space Blanket - is the foil item and should be worn after you cross the finish line. Its also a great reflector and should be tied over your Bumbag as you walk. If you forget to bring yours on the night or want to have more then we will be asking for a minimum £2 donation per item.
    9. Walker Number - showing your name and number. Please do not laminate your Number or put it in a plastic pocket, it is waterproof. Your Bag Tag is attached to the top of your Number, complete and attach to the bag you are stowing in the Bag Tent! Entrance, Food and Finish Line tickets are attached to the bottom of your Number - do NOT remove these.

    Drinks are not needed as here will be plenty of water throughout the event.

    Bumbag and essentials to carry with you: (don't use a back pack as they will rub!)

    • Lip salve, Vaseline (small pot)
    • Toliet paper or tissues!
    • Weather Protector and Space Blanket
    • Paper and pencil
    • Some emergency cash just in case
    • Phone / Camera
    • Safety pins (to attach your walker number)
    • Small blister pack
    • Small torch if you feel you need it
    • Sunscreen (if the sun comes up you could get burnt without it...)
    • And nibbles if you need to eat on the way round

    If it's cold on the night

    Don't hide your bra if you can possibly help it! You will get warm once you get walking so prepare for that beforehand - you don't want to stop to take layers off! Once you are at the start line do the following

    • Wear your decorated bra
    • Put your see-through Weather Protector over the top - seriously they are very very effective and so simple
    • Put your Bumbag around your waist over the top of the Weather Protector to keep it down and out of the way
    • Wrap your sweat top around your waist so it's there if you need it
    • Keep your hat on... and if really cold put the hood of the Weather Protector underneath your cap... or buy one of our bobble hats
    • Wear gloves
    • Once you get going you can simply pull your Weather Protector out from under your Bumbag and through it up around your neck so it's like a cape behind you. That way you can easily put it back on if you get cold

    Trust us - this is the best way of looking good and keeping warm!

    Bringing a bag?

    There is one huge bag tent, manned by volunteers throughout the event. Suggestions on what to leave in your bag that you hand in at the bag tent

    • Blow up cushion or foam to sit on
    • Marker pen, to write your name on your front and back so that everybody knows who to shout for!
    • Change of clothes/trainers for if it rains or warmer items if it's cold.
    • Something nice to nibble on or your favourite hot drink for when you return (though there will be some catering sites as well)
    • Spare toilet paper just in case!

  7. Route

    Where does the route go?

    Unfortunately at the request of the Police and Council, we are unable to publicise the exact route on this website. An outline of the route will be in your Event Information Guide.

    Pavements

    We often get asked why we can’t have all the roads shut and why do it on pavements or even why do it at night!  Closing roads is not an option as the Police feel that it would be dangerous, firstly because traffic in the capital travels faster at night and secondly because drivers would not be expecting to come up on closed roads, that is apart from the extortionate cost that would be incurred by the charity (£100,000's) for closing the roads. Information about road closures coming soon.

    We walk at night because that's what makes the event what it is!

    Although we walk on the pavements we can't control the quality of them: we plan the route to take your safety into account as far as we possibly can, but please always be aware of where you are walking!

    Traffic Lights

    As we walk on pavements it does mean that you will encounter traffic lights. These are heavily marshalled and in certain cases the police also lend a hand in prioritising us over the traffic. But this is only on specific crossings. This does mean that occasionally some hold ups do occur - please be patient. Remember you are not in a race.

    Keep The MoonWalk Clean from Your Litter!

    Walk the Walk has a recycling policy in operation at all its challenges. Tons of plastic and cardboard are recycled each year with everybody’s help! Please be considerate – both in MoonWalk City and on the Route: we have many bins all along the route and at each of the toilet and water stops. If you have something to throw away please wait until you see a bin. We have to clear the entire route ourselves after everyone has passed

  8. Finishing and recovery

    The Finish Line

    Hooray you made it! As you reach the Finish Line you will see a band of eager marshals all waiting to welcome you home! Here are a couple of things to remember. There is quite a bit of information in your Event Information Booklet, but here are a few key things

    • Timing clocks: there are timing clocks - we use them to count down each challenge and they are there for your own use. The MoonWalk is NOT a race there are no prizes for coming first - everyone has their reason for taking part and your own personal satisfaction for crossing the line is what matters. We also recognise that some walkers do train very hard and do want to obtain a "time" - the clocks are therefore for your own use, not ours.
    • Music: many who cross the line wonder why there is no loud music playing. Simply put we are not allowed to - even though you have been up all night, Holyrood Park is in a residential area and many will still be sleeping! Instead enjoy the clapping and shouts from the huge number of volunteers handing out medals and the supporters who are waiting for you. Revel in your own achievement - enjoy the moment
    • Leaving MoonWalk City: you've crossed the line, picked up your medal and collected your bag now you would like to go home... please head for the EXIT! Sometimes tired walkers see the Finish Line as the easiest exit to head for... loved ones are there and it may seem like a long way to walk to the Exit. But please keep the Finish area for those crossing the line only and let them enjoy their "moment of glory" and help our volunteers keep everyone flowing through... just think there may be thousands of walkers behind you.

    On the question of medals

    Q What happens if I don’t manage to complete the challenge that I have entered?

    A Sadly there are some people that for many different reasons do not manage to cross the Finish Line. Whilst we have the utmost admiration and congratulate everybody for entering the challenge, we can not give medals to non-finishers as it would diminish the value to those people that do stay the course - after all completion is part of the challenge!

    Q What happens if I entered the Half Moon and then decided on the night to complete a Full Marathon?

    A By continuing to walk the Full Marathon route, you will be breaking our health and safety requirements and marshals will request that you leave the course. No matter how many extra miles you may cover you will still only receive a Half Marathon Medal.

    Q What happens if I entered the Full Moon and then decide to only complete a Half Moon?

    A You will not receive a medal as you have not completed your chosen challenge.

    Please do not request a medal as it causes embarrassment for the Volunteers that are following event instructions.

    I've Finished and now I am hungry and thirsty!

    We do have some caterers after the challenge, who are all situated in front of the Exit. They are chosen by us to meet our requirement of producing good tasty food that is either organic or squeaky clean - we are a health charity after all and very keen to keep people healthy! Consequently the food may well be a little more expensive than you might usually expect from a "burger van" but it is usually worth it and we would welcome your views.

    If you do not want to buy drinks or food, the rule of thumb is, bring it with you and keep it in a flask or box inside your bag and leave it in the bag tent for you to collect when you come back. We strongly recommend that you eat and drink after you cross the Finish Line, it will have been hours since your last hot food or drink and your body will be craving it.

    I've Finished the Half Marathon - is there any shelter?

    If you are doing the Half Moon and you finish before public transport starts, or need to wait for a friend, what can you do? Please feel free to go back into the main tent and wait there as long as you need to. There will be a section cordoned off so please do not go beyond that mark.

    Recovery

    You completed the challenge - well done! For all the tips you need on how to take care of yourself after the challenge read your Training Guide.

    We have masseuses at the start of the night but not at the end. The contraindications with massage straight after a marathon are well known. It would also mean that the masseuses who are all volunteers would have to be around for a very long time.

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