Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take part in the National Star Sunrise Walk?

The Sunrise Walk is a 12km circular walk and has sections with varying levels of difficulty. The walk will be suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness so we are not being prescriptive about age, however it may well be too challenging for younger children if they are not experienced walkers. Under 16’s need to be accompanied by an adult who is attending the Walk.

Unfortunately, due to the undulating nature of the walk, slopes, kissing gates and stiles, it is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. The route will cover gravel and muddy paths, open countryside and some relatively steep descents and ascents so sturdy footwear will be required. There are also some short sections on country lanes and the route will involve crossing roads. We will have marshals and signage along the route to guide you.

What time does the walk start and finish?

Registration at National Star at Ullenwood will be from 4.30am, with the walk beginning at 6am prompt. The walk is not a race and can be walked at leisure. The beautiful circular route is 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) and begins and ends at National Star in Ullenwood. The route takes in parts of the famous Cotswold Way, with interesting features such as the Devil’s Chimney and stunning views across Cheltenham & beyond from Leckhampton Hill. We anticipate most walkers will take between 3.5 to 4.5 hrs.

Are there any age restrictions?

No but anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What happens if I am unable to complete the walk?

We will have event marshals along the route, as well as First Aid support so if you are unable to complete the walk for any reason they will be able to assist you and direct you to the nearest pick up point. We will have a half-way refreshments station where you can rest, have a snack and have access to a portaloo.

What should I wear?

Suitable footwear for walking in the countryside is crucial and your responsibility. We would suggest walking boots, trail shoes or trainers with a firm grip. Please ensure you dress for the weather in April for that time of the morning. You will want to feel warm and comfortable during your walk so layers are advised. Please bring refreshments to enjoy along the route, we will provide refreshments at the start, middle and end of the walk. We also strongly advise that you to bring a handheld or head torch, as the first part of the walk will be in darkness.

Where can I park my car?

Parking is available at National Star’s site at Ullenwood in the signed designated car parks from 4.30am.

Address: National Star, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU.

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Can I bring my dog?

You are welcome to bring your dog. However please ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep them safe and under control. Part of the route does go through fields where livestock may be so please follow the countryside code and keep dogs on their lead. Please also be aware that some stiles may not have a ‘dog gate’ so dogs will need to be lifted over or able to jump the stile. You will also need to clear up their waste. There are no dog waste bins on the route or at Ullenwood.

Are there any toilets on the route?

We will have a small number of portaloos at the start & finish of the event at National Star and at the midway point of the walk.

Can I get a map of the route before the day?

You will receive a copy of the route in your fundraising pack and we will have some copies available on the day to pick up from the registration point. The map will also be available on our website at www.nationalstar.org/sunrisewalk 
The route will be signposted with marshals at key points along the route to guide you.

What happens if the weather is bad?

The event will still go ahead unless there is an extreme weather event predicted but please be prepared for all weather conditions. Should National Star need to postpone this event we will contact you by the email you gave us at registration and using our web page and social media channels (don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Twitter).

Will this event be COVID Secure?

Sunrise Walk is outside for the entirety of the event. To protect the health and welfare of our students the Sunrise Walk event area will be separate to the main campus at Ullenwood and participants will not be granted access to student areas. We will advise participants on the requirements nearer the time as the rules and regulations do change. If you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID, are awaiting a PCR result or isolating please do not attend the event and let us know by emailing fundraising@nationalstar.org.

How much does it cost to register?

  • Advance entry is £20 per adult (16 years old and over) and £10 per child.
  • On the day, ticket prices are £25 per adult and £15 per child.

In addition, we are asking participants to raise a minimum of £50. Please see below to find out why National Star needs your support.

When does registration close?

Online registration closes at midday on Friday 25 March 2022. However, you can still sign up on the day.

What will I receive when I have registered?

You will receive a welcome email with all the information you need, including a sponsorship form and guidance to set up an online sponsorship page to help support you to raise the minimum £50 sponsorship.

When you arrive on the day you will receive your walker number (please complete the rear side of the form with the requested information). At the mid-way point you can pick up a bottle of water & snack and upon your return to Ullenwood you can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast bacon or egg roll with a hot drink.

Fundraising and sponsorship

Where will the money I raise go?

Your registration fee helps to cover the cost of putting on and hosting Sunrise Walk. The money you raise from getting sponsored for putting your best foot forward will help to transform lives by supporting National Star to provide high quality spaces, facilities and resources.

Can I fundraise online?

Yes, this is a fantastic way to fundraise. We recommend setting up a JustGiving page (www.justgiving.com/nationalstar) or a Facebook fundraising page (https://www.facebook.com/fund/nationalstar/). Don’t forget to share your fundraising on your social media channels and use the #SunriseWalk & #TeamStar

How do I pay my sponsorship in?

There are several ways you can pay your money in. You can pay directly to National Star using our donate web page, by cheque made payable to ‘National Star’. Please use your surname & Sunrise Walk as the reference in both instances.  Please contact us if you would like to make a BACS payment. Alternatively, you can bring cash and cheques with you on the day. Please also return your sponsorship form(s) and encourage your supporters to complete the Gift Aid boxes if they are eligible taxpayers.

Our postal address for returning your sponsorship form and any cheques is Fundraising, National Star, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU

Can I register and not raise any sponsorship?

Yes, raising sponsorship is not compulsory, though we do encourage our supporters to raise as much money as possible to help us to transform the lives of young people with complex disabilities.

Find out more

If your question about the Sunrise Walk hasn’t been answered or you would like more information about the event, please contact National Star’s Fundraising team by:

Emailing fundraising@nationalstar.org or calling 01242 524478 and they will be very happy to help.

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