Dignity Walking Marathon

Dignity Walking Marathon…Suitable for legs of all ages – 24th June 2017

This year we’re hosting an event that is great for everyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you’re young or old, fit or not-so-fit, walking on your own or as a group or family, the Dignity Walking Marathon is for you! There will be a finish line party for all walkers and we’d love you to join us.

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Route & distances

Full Course: Buxton train station to Ivy Church Manchester – 26.2 miles
Partial Course: How far you walk is up to you. You can finish at the following locations: Whaley Bridge (8.5miles / 13.6km), Furness Vale (9.9miles / 16km), New Mills (11.2miles / 18km), Marple (15.5miles / 25km) or Stockport (21.7miles / 35km).

Challenge Details

Fundraising Target: £100/person
Cost: £10/adult, £5/child (age 14 and under)
Registration: Advance booking is essential and payment is due at time of booking
Children:Children are welcome to take part in this event. Children under
the age of 16 must walk with a parent or guardian (with parent’s written permission).



To book your place

Complete the booking form and return it to us on events@dignityonline.org.uk or by post to
Dignity, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6TR

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This event is raising funds for our work in remote communities, predominantly in Zambia, Namibia and Tanzania. By taking part in this event you are agreeing to raise £100 sponsorship. £100 will support an Impact Team member like Dorothy for a just over a month. (Read Dorothy’s story on the right or below). Your time and energy has the potential to make a difference to many lives. Thank you!

You can set up a secure and easy-to-use online fundraising page through Total Giving. We can also provide sponsorship forms and copies of our newsletter if they would be helpful to you.

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What to expect on the day

You will be provided with full route details in advance of the event. You will be self-guiding along the given route and will be required to check in with marshals at key points along the route. We ask that people walk in groups of 3 or more. As everyone will be setting off together you will be able to link up with other walkers who are walking the same distance and aiming for the same speed as you. We will help facilitate this.

When you arrive on Saturday morning you will need to register your name with Jo. Check that your details (including your mobile phone number) are correct. You will then be given an id number. Every time you see a marshal or contact us please give them/us your id number. If you’re going to be late text us to let us know you’re on your way. If for any reason you can’t make it on the day please text us to let us know not to wait for you.

Volunteer marshals will be at key points along the route. You will be required check in with each marshal so we can keep track of walkers throughout the day.

  • 8.30am onwards: Arrive Buxton train station
  • 8.45am: Train from Manchester/Stockport arrives Buxton station (please check National Rail Enquiries for fares and times)
  • 9.00am: Grand depart – all set off from Buxton train station
  • 5.00-9.00pm: Finish line party (probably including BBQ) at Ivy Church Centre, 97 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2GP. All welcome whether you did the full or partial course.


What you will need to bring

You will need:

  • Comfortable shoes / boots to walk in
  • Suitable clothing, including sun hat and waterproofs
  • Spare warm top
  • A torch in case you end up walking late and it goes dark
  • Mobile telephone
  • Day sack (lined with a plastic bag)
  • Personal 1st Aid kit
  • Food and drink for the day (bring at least 1 litre of water)
  • Money for your train fare
  • Route map that we will provide in advance



We will also need responsible volunteers on the day to act as marshals and help with the finish line party. If you would like to support the event in this way, please contact us on the details above.

Further information

For further information download the booking form or contact or Jo or Maral on events@dignityonline.org.uk / 0161 434 8841

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Meet Dorothy

Dorothy is in many ways a typical Zambia matriarch. She lives in the far north west of Zambia with her husband and their extended family. Currently there are 18 people living at Dorothy’s home. Dorothy oversees work on the family farm and also does tailoring work. Despite facing a number of challenges, Dorothy volunteers as a Dignity Impact Team member.

As an Impact Team member Dorothy travels to villages and communities around her province helping others begin Life Groups. Life Groups equip people to transform their community and tackle poverty through the love of Jesus. Life groups are doing amazing things. They are caring for the elderly or orphaned. They are helping people break free from addiction. They are serving communities, building bridges or applying for boreholes. They are sharing and showing the good news of Jesus!

We support Dorothy with regular training and with a monthly allowance that helps her travel. £100 would support Dorothy or a team member like her for a just over a month! Each team member supports an average of 22 Life Groups, meaning an estimated 440 people receive regular discipleship.

Meet more of the team…