Join the Walk
Walk a total of 10 KM, as many times as you like, on your own or with your family and pets, around the comfort of your own home, garden or local area! The charity is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in this FREE 10 KM sponsored walk between Saturday 3rd October and Monday 30th November 2020. This year we are holding the walk throughout Mouth Cancer Action Month to raise as much awareness as possible.
Join the 15th Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk to raise awareness in order to save and improve the lives of all head and neck cancer patients.
Historically we have held the Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk in Hyde Park, London where people have travelled from all over the UK to take part. Due to the impact of Covid-19 globally in 2020 and not quite knowing what the future holds with regards to lockdown we feel that it would be in the best interest of our participants’ health to bring the walk to you aided by virtual walking apps. All walk activity, which is open to everyone, including dogs, of any age and ability, should be adhering to the government's social distancing policy at the time of taking part.
2020 promises to be the most innovative walk to date. To participate please register online by completing the form as soon as possible so that we can send you further information in time for the event.
There are also prizes for the participants who raise the most money. See our fundraising page for further information.
How To Take Part
Walk a total of 10 KM, as many times as you like, on your own or with your family and pets, around the comfort of your own home, garden or local area! The charity is encouraging as many people as possible to take part during a 60-day time frame between Saturday 3rd October and Monday 30th November 2020.
Create a route, around your local area, with a total distance of 10 KM. This could be any combination such as 1 x 10 KM, 2 x 5 KM, 10 x 1 KM. The route can be done in one go, (10 KM is approximately 12500 steps and takes about one and a half to two hours to complete), or over several days. You can even set yourself challenges and do as many 10 KMs as you like over the duration of the event. Ideally this is a walk, but if you wish to run, walk backwards, hop, skip etc that is fine. The choice is yours! Just send us your photos and tag us in on social media.
Register via www.mouthcancerwalk.org/register. Complete the online application form so we can send you your virtual medal on completion of the Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk.
Use a free walking app to create your route. There are loads of free walking Apps to choose from such as Strava, Charity Miles, Map My Walk, Fitbit, Walk Meter, Foot Path Route Planner and Nike Run Club.
It is important that you use an app as we will need to see a copy of your completed route when you tag us in on social media. This will help form part of the proof of you doing your 10 K.
Take photos of you and your family having fun walking and supporting us.
Upload the following via your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account:
- Evidence of your 10 KM route
- Photos of you and your family on your walk
- Any fundraising donation made via Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving
Tag us in at Instagram @mouthcancer, Facebook @mouthcancerfoundation and Twitter @mouthcancerMCF and tag three friends to do the same. Alternatively, you can email the information in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we receive your tag/email we will email out your medal.
The highest fundraisers will receive a prize. Once we receive your donations, we will send out your certificate. See our fundraising page for further information.
The walk is open to everyone, including dogs/pets, of any age and ability.
Encourage your friends, family, colleagues to sign up. Try and encourage a neighbour to do their bit and post a Mouth Cancer Foundation poster downloaded here, through their door.
Anyone who really challenges themselves and can prove they have done 10 KM on each of the 60 days of the event will receive an extra prize.
All walk activity should be adhering to the government's social distancing policy at the time of taking part.
Warm Up With Anna
At the start of every 10 KM walk fitness instructor Anna Snook usually takes us through a group warm up before participants set off on their route. This year we have asked Anna to make a short warm up video.
We have left the music off so you and your family of walkers can blast out your own tunes. This is optional, but a very popular part of the Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk.
We would love to see your warm ups on social media if you choose to do them.
Always seek professional advice if you have any medical issues before embarking on exercise and undertake the warm up at your own risk.
We would suggest that you dress appropriately for the weather at the time of completing your 10 K. If you have a mouth cancer 10 KM Walk T shirt from previous years walks, we would love you to wear it while out on your 2020 walk. Take a re-usable water bottle, (ideally not plastic), to have with you and your family on the walk.
This year, the Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk can be done either in one 10 KM loop, or done separately in increments to total up to 10 KM over the 60 day period. The route/s chosen must be recorded through an app.
The main aim is to raise awareness of mouth cancer through your walk; we have come up with multiple ways of how this can be achieved:
Buy a mouth cancer t-shirt to wear on your walk - https://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org/get-involved/merchandise By having our logo visible you will spark huge amounts of interest with passers-by.
Create, draw, paint our logo and tag us in on social media, with your loop, logo, and tag a friend. We can also email across a jpeg of the charity logo.
Try and encourage a neighbour to do their bit, and post a Mouth Cancer Foundation flyer through their door!
Everybody is invited to participate and walk as far as they can! If you want to train to take part in the walk, please see our training tips below.
All participants will receive a medal for their achievement. See our Prizes page for details
This programme has been designed for those of you that are already fit. It is based on distance and is aimed at building your endurance levels. By the end of this 10 week programme you will be walking up to 10 kms at least three times a week, which will put you in good stead to comfortably be able to complete the event without any problems.
The aim of stretching is to gently lengthen muscles before and after exercise, and to improve tissue flexibility. If done correctly, stretching will help prevent injuries and increase athletic performance. This section includes tips for stretching and a stretching programme for you to follow.