Firewalk at the Old Market

WHEN: | Arrive from 4pm for safety briefing; Walk from 5.30pm WHERE: Old Market, Hereford, HR4 9HR

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Would you walk over hot coals for your Hospice?

Sign up to the hottest ticket in town and experience the thrill of a Firewalk at Hereford’s Old Market shopping centre.

Join us on Saturday, 10th November to walk barefoot over burning embers reaching more than 600C.

All Firewalkers will receive specialist training beforehand from Scott Bell, twice Guinness World Record holder for the greatest distance walked on fire.

The Old Market,

Hereford,

HR4 9HR

Registration costs a non-refundable £15 with a minimum sponsorship commitment of £50.

Firewalkers will meet outside TK Maxx at The Old Market.

Everyone taking part will undergo training of around one hour from UK Firewalk at 4.30pm. Please arrive from 4pm. When the fire has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. Participants go to the fire – remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk the coals.

Scott Bell from UK Firewalk has provided answers to a number of frequently asked questions, which are below.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A FIREWALK?

The participants will undergo training of around one hour.

When the fire has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. Participants go to the fire, remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk the coals.

IS IT A TRICK?

No. The fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red hot. We can often measure the temperature at around 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. You will have bare feet, and they will not have been treated in any way.

WILL IT HURT?

The sensation is described by some as walking on eggshells, others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. I have not known walkers to experience pain, indeed when the opportunity arises many will walk across the coals more than once.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?

There is no preparation to undertake, and no treatment of the feet or mental exercise, just the training provided at the seminar. You should abstain from the consumption of alcohol or drugs prior to the event.

Any person who is, in the opinion of the trainer, unfit to participate will NOT be permitted to take part

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

There is no strenuous physical exercise involved. If you can walk normally then you should manage the Firewalk perfectly well. If you have any doubts please consult your GP before attending.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

There is no special clothing required. Casual comfortable clothes are best. Please remember, fires can be quite dirty and clothes may become ash-stained. Footwear needs to be easy to remove, and will need to be replaced before going back indoors so a hand towel might be a good idea.

Flip flops are a good idea, especially if the ground is cold.

Nail varnish and toe rings are fine. 

MEDICAL RESTRICTIONS

We have many walkers who have been pregnant, have diabetes, are stroke survivors, blind or have many other conditions.

None have been an issue. However, we always recommend that if in doubt seek advice from your doctor.

IS IT SAFE?

There is an inherent risk in any activity involving fire. It is important that participants pay attention to all the training and heed the advice and instruction of the trainer, firewatchers and spotters. Whilst absolute safety is not guaranteed, proper procedure reduces risk to the achievable minimum.

WILL I BE HYPNOTISED?

No. There is no hypnotism involved. You will be fully awake at all times – indeed you will be more alert than usual. You may also withdraw at any time if you wish.

AGE RESTRICTIONS?

Our youngest walker was 4 years and our oldest nearly 100. All we ask is that if under 18 they are mature enough to listen to the training. They will require a parent or guardian to sign a form.

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