Bath Rugby Foundation

Men’s Walk 2017

On Saturday 18th March two Bath charities are hoping a record number of men will take to the streets of Bath in the fifth annual Bath Men’s Walk to show their support for Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care.

The eight-mile event takes approximately two hours to complete. It starts with registration at Dorothy House in Winsley at 11:00AM and finishes at the Rec, the home of Bath Rugby – with a short detour at The George for refreshments! Once at The Rec, walkers are treated to a screening of the day’s Six Nations action, a pie and a pint. This year walkers will be treated to both the France v Wales match at 3:45PM and the big one, England v Ireland at 5:00PM. Last year, thanks to the efforts of all who took part, the charities raised over £45,000 to help their work in the local community. Participants pay £25 for their entry and pledge to raise a further £50 for the charities.

Bath Rugby Foundation General Manager, Mandy Gardner said: “Bath Men’s Walk is one of the highlights of the Foundation’s fundraising calendar. Seeing men of all ages, fathers and sons, friends and family, putting on their walking boots in aid of two brilliant local charities is always inspiring. Not to mention a great day out! We hope to see even more men taking part in this year’s event.”

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser, Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “Last year’s Bath Men’s Walk was a great success with almost 600 men and boys taking part,  the feedback from our regular walkers is that the event has become an annual fixture among Bath rugby-goers. It’s also an important fundraiser for both charities and the vital funds raised for Dorothy House will enable us to provide patients and their families with the specialist palliative and end of life care they need when it matters most.”

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner of main event sponsors Thrings and a member of the firm’s walking team, added: “Every year the walk generates huge amounts of interest and excitement among staff at Thrings, and the firm is very pleased to be extending its partnership with the event for a fifth successive year. And while raising much-needed funds for two fantastic organisations is motivation enough, the prospect of a pie and a pint while watching the culmination of the Six Nations championship at the Rec might just offer walkers that little bit of added incentive.

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