The Event

  1. What is Your Palace to Palace?

Your Palace to Palace is a virtual version of the Prince’s Trust flagship event Palace to Palace. It offers the opportunity for participants who can’t make the event to take on their own Palace to Palace challenge completing 45 or 90 miles in September. These are the same distances as the Palace to Palace event and participants are encouraged to finish their miles on Sunday 25th September, the same day as the Palace to Palace event.

Whilst Palace to Palace is a cycling event, you can choose to walk, run, cycle or even swim your chosen distance for Your Palace to Palace.

  1. When is Your Palace to Palace?

You can complete Your Palace to Palace during September 2022.

To tie in nicely with the Palace to Palace event and create that finishing feeling together, we encourage those taking on Your Palace to Palace to complete their miles and cross their own finish line on Sunday 25th September.

  1. Where is Your Palace to Palace?

Your Palace to Palace is about going the distance your way, so we are encouraging participants to explore places you have never been before, right on your doorstep.

You could choose a National Park, a local park, or a route which takes you through the heart of your community.

  1. How do I register?

Registering for Your Palace to Palace is quick and simple. Simply head to our event page and click the ‘Sign up for free!’ button - it’ll just take a few minutes to complete your registration.

You can take part as an individual or as a team. After you have registered just log into the My Registration web page to manage your registration should you wish to invite people to join your team.

  1. Is there a registration fee?

Your Palace to Palace is free to register. However, we’re suggesting a donation of £11 when you register and create a fundraising page through JustGiving. By donating £11 to your own fundraising page, you could give a young person the chance to speak to our helpline and get critical advice through a phone call or via our new online chat function. People who donate to their own page go on to raise 43% more than those who don’t.

  1. Can I register as part of a team?

Yes, absolutely. You can choose to complete an entire distance yourself or you can split the distance with other team members.

If you have already registered, you can log into the ‘My Registration’ web page and select ‘Add Team’ under the event registration. Type the name of the team you wish to join, click ‘Join’ and enter password if prompted.

  1. Is there a minimum age limit to take part?

No, but any participant under 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to register on their behalf and consent to their participation.

All the contact details must be of the parent or guardian as we do not have permission to contact anyone under the age of 18 about the challenge or fundraising.

A parent or guardian should create your fundraising page too. Once the page has been created the name on the profile page, the picture and story can be updated.

  1. Will I receive regular emails from The Prince’s Trust?

Yes, we will be in touch regularly with any updates you need to know, so please make sure you read our emails. We’ll also give you some great tips on training, nutrition, bike maintenance (if cycling) and fundraising.

You can tailor your communication preferences or unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the bottom of any email we send. We promise not to share your details with anyone else for marketing purposes and you can stop receiving our communications at any time. To change the way we contact you get in touch on 020 7543 1384 or at getinvolved@princes-trust.org.uk.

  1. Which distances are you offering?

We are offering the same distances as Palace to Palace – 45 or 90 miles.

You can complete the miles over a number of days during September or if you really want to test yourself, complete the distance in one day.

  1. Can I choose a different distance?

Yes absolutely, this is Your Palace to Palace so it’s up to you if you want to pick a different distance or even want to complete the suggested distances a number of times.

  1. Do I have to cycle to take part in Your Palace to Palace

Not at all. Whilst Palace to Palace is a cycling event, for Your Palace to Palace, you can choose how to complete your miles. Cycle, run, walk, swim or even roll!

  1. How do I track how many miles I have completed?

We recommend joining our Strava community. You can link your Just Giving page so friends and family can see your progress, plus your page will be automatically updated after every walk or ride. Logging your miles is a great way to help you keep your goal in sight.

If you don’t have a Strava account, you can create one for free here. There are also plenty of other free apps to track your walks or rides including Cyclemeter, MapMyRide, Nike Running and many more.

  1. How do I connect Strava to my Just Giving page?

  • Go to your Just Giving Page
  • Click on ‘Connect to Strava’
  • Give permission for The Prince’s Trust to access your Strava account
  • Select the type of activity you would like to track and unit of measurement
  • Save your settings and your miles will automatically begin appearing on your page

If you don’t have a Strava account, you can create one for free here. There are also plenty of other free apps to track your walks or rides including Cyclemeter, MapMyRide, Nike Running and many more.

  1. Can I start the challenge early or late?

Your Palace to Palace officially takes place during the month of September but we encourage all participants to complete their miles on the 25th September and we encourage all participants to complete their challenge during this time. If you can’t and you still want to support us please sign up and do the challenge when you can.

  1. Can I join the Palace to Palace event Finish Festival?

Absolutely. The finish festival is open to all participants as well as their friends and family to celebrate everyones achievement. The finish festival is held at Windsor Racecourse (SL4 5EZ) and is open until 17.00 on the day of the event (Sunday 25th September). We would love for you to us for the celebrations.

  1. Do I need to be an experienced cyclist or walker?

No, Your Palace to Palace is open to everyone.

Many of our participants are not experienced, but some who take part are experienced. Whether you’re cycling, walking, you need to be confident, safe and make sure you follow The Highway Code for Pedestrians and/or Cyclists.

  1. Do I need any specialist equipment?

If you are cycling, your bicycle needs to be in a good working order and you should wear a correctly-fitted cycle helmet. We recommend a complete bicycle service before you begin training, as well as regular checks throughout the year.

If you are walking, we recommend a good pair of walking boots or shoes.

Make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear for your challenge.

Fundraising

  1. Is there a minimum fundraising pledge?

We ask that everyone taking part in Your Palace to Palace aims to fundraise a minimum of £150 each to support young people across the UK to reach their full potential. People who set themselves a target raise more than those that don’t.

To give you an idea of how your fundraising can support young people:

  • £55 could give a young person an online session with a youth worker to build their confidence, resilience, and motivation
  • £84 could give one unemployed young person the change to access an online course so they can re-engage with their community and develop critical employability skills for the future
  • £1,500 could help a young person to overcome unemployment and find work - our experienced staff and volunteers can provide employability content, connect them

We are also suggesting a £11 donation upon registration and setting a JustGiving page. This is a great kick-start to your fundraising, and we’ll be here every step of the way to give you guidance and ideas to help you fundraise.

  1. How do I use JustGiving for online fundraising?

The easiest way to fundraise for Your Palace to Palace is to use a JustGiving page. You can set up your Just Giving fundraising page here.

If you are taking part as a team, once you’ve set up your page you will be able to create a team page and invite people to join. Here is a step by step guide on creating your team page.

Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for young people through participating in Your Palace to Palace. Share your page on Facebook & Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media so be sure to share a link to your page!

Don’t forget, you can also use the JustGiving app on your iPhone or Android to update your page. You can also use this handy fundraising checklist to make sure you have everything covered.

  1. Can I raise sponsorship using another online provider?

We would prefer you to use JustGiving. Over 21 million people have raised £1.5 billion for charity on JustGiving. The site makes online fundraising simple, fast, effective, and fun.

If you would like to use another provider, please do let us know so we can ensure we recognise your fundraising efforts as not all sites send us details of our fundraisers.

  1. Do I have to fundraise online?

Your online fundraising page is the quickest and easiest way to get donations from friends and family without any money changing hands. It also means you don’t have to worry about sending us donations as your online giving will be directly transferred to us.

You can fundraise offline if you prefer, please do let us know so we can ensure we recognise your fundraising efforts and give you some tailored tips.

  1. How do I send in the sponsorship I have collected?

All donations and sponsorship collected on JustGiving will be directly transferred to us. If you have collected any cash or cheques in support of your fundraising, you can:

  • Put the money into your bank account and transfer the funds to us using our online donation system.
  • Send them to Your Palace to Palace Team, The Prince’s Trust South London Centre, 8 Glade Path, London, SE1 8EG. Please note, there may be a delay in banking any cash or cheques whilst our staff continue to follow government guidance.

Please make sure all cheques are made payable to ‘The Prince’s Trust’ and include your full name as reference so we can update our records with your fundraising.