Kit Checklist and Vital Information

Kit Checklist and VITAL Information – Please read this carefully to the end


At check-in each team leader will be supplied with a reflective jacket, carrying a team number, which must be worn at all times. Please ensure that this jacket is returned when you leave the course at the final check point.

Each team MUST have:

  1. OS maps – For the Long walk; Explorer Maps 128 (Taunton & Blackdown Hills) and 140 (Quantock Hills & Bridgwater). For the Short walk: Explorer Map 128 (Taunton & Blackdown Hills).
  2. Compass – several directions are dependent on compass bearings (mobile phone compasses are not recommended.
  3. Mobile phone – for emergency use only
  4. Whistle – for emergency use only
  5. First aid kit – for minor emergencies – An ambulance and first aid team is stationed at Central Control throughout the night.


Each team member MUST have:

  1. Reflective clothing – Hi Vis tabards can be purchased at Central Control if needed.
  2. Appropriate warm and waterproof clothing, with suitable boots or shoes (trainers and denim jeans are not advisable).
  3. Torch plus spare battery.

In the first instance contact the Central Control using your mobile phone – the number is displayed on every direction sheet. If you are able to make contact stay where you are and a search and rescue team will find you.  Alternatively: At least one team member must stay with the injured party. The remaining team members should go to the nearest Check Point to fetch help. Ambulance cover is on site and can be summoned from Check Points. Checkpoint grid references will be supplied on the detailed route instructions.If you need help to come to you, sound three long blasts on your whistle every two minutes. Any team proceeding to help should answer with one long blast and alert Control by mobile phone if they’re able to.A search party is available to find lost teams, ie. teams who are late arriving at a Check Point. If you are lost or very late and you hear a single long blast, you should answer the search party by giving three long blasts.  Abandoning the walk: Should any member of your team have to give up, you must report this to one of the organisers at a Check Point.  If this leaves your team with less than four members your team may be asked to abandon the walk. Transport will be provided to return the member or team to the start point and car park.


Remember, this is an initiative and endurance test which you tackle at your own risk. Parts of the course will, in the dark, require care and common sense. When you walk on roads, use a torch front and rear, and ensure your reflective clothing can be seen. Entrants are asked not to make excessive noise anywhere on the course, but particularly where the route passes near houses. Unnecessary noise or use of the whistle will incur penalties, only one warning will be given, after which the team will be withdrawn.

Please observe any requests on your clue sheets to be quiet.

 NO clues or questions are situated on private houses, and care should be taken not to shine torches into windows or onto the front of houses.

Avoid disturbing wild life and deer in particular. Some sections of the course are on private land.

Please take all your litter home with you or put it in bags provided at check points.



You may wish to carry refreshments. There will be drinking water at Check Points. Soup and pasties, hot coffee or tea (the cost of which is included in the entry fee you have paid) will be supplied at the half-way stage, thanks to the ladies of The Inner Wheel Club of Taunton Vale. In addition, there will be a refreshment van in attendance at the reception and halfway point where additional food or drinks may be purchased.


Teams receive points for each section completed and for correct answers to clues. The standard time for each section is on the instructions given at each Check Point. You will lose points for a late arrival (a point for every five minutes late up to a maximum of three), but there are no points for arriving early – Moonraker is not a race.


The main purpose of Moonraker – other than having fun – is to raise money for our Rotary charities. This year’s main Moonraker charities are Arc (formerly TAH) and St Margaret’s Hospice. For more information about either charity click on the links or go to our INFO page.

There are three ways that a team or walker can attract and collect sponsorship:

    1. 1. By setting up a Team Fundraising Page on Virgin Money Giving – Many of our teams already do this because Virgin lets them upload photos and write their own words, plus it collects their sponsorship for them and tells them how much they have received so far. Their sponsors like it too because they can leave messages and donate using credit/debit cards or PayPal. If you want to set up your team’s fundraising page linked to Moonraker Challenge 2019, click or copy and paste the link to our Virgin Money Giving Event Page and follow the on-screen  instructions there.


    1. 2. By using our Sponsorship Forms – You can download and print our sponsorship forms from the SPONSOR FORM tab. If you do use our paper sponsorship forms please ensure that you and your team members bring all your sponsorship forms with you on the night of the walk and hand them in at the start. It is important that each walker’s and donor’s full name and address with postcode is entered on each sponsorship form – this is vitally important in order to facilitate the claiming of any gift aid which might be reclaimable. The sponsorship forms will be returned to you in a team envelope at the finish so you can continue to collect any outstanding sponsorship before the due date. Don’t forget to bring your completed sponsorship forms and sponsorship monies with you on Prize-Giving Night, or send it to Moonraker c/o Francis Clark LLP, Blackbrook Gate 1, Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton, TA1 2PX by 30th November 2019 at latest. Cheques to be made payable to “Rotary Club of Taunton Vale Trust Fund”.


  1. 3. By using our Fundraising Page on Virgin Money Giving – Something new this year, for those teams or walkers who prefer to use sponsorship forms where possible but need a simple, convenient way to receive donations from people who aren’t so local. Just tell them to click on the ONLINE GIVING tab of this Moonraker Challenge website and, from there, click on Make a Donation. Make sure they put the walker or team name in the Leave a Message box so we know where to assign the donation. We shall let you know by email whenever a donation is received with your name on it.


We hope you’re already bursting with ideas as to how to gain as much sponsorship as possible. The team with the highest sponsorship wins an amazing prize! Don’t forget if you’re the team leader it’s up to you to ensure each member understands they are expected to try raise a very minimum of £25 or £15 if they’re under 17.

The Rotary Club of Taunton Vale invites you and your team to a Prize-Giving evening at

The Somerset County Cricket Club on Monday 11th November at 7pm!

This evening is free of charge to all walkers.  Numbers of those attending should be advised to Jas Shorney on 01823 451532 by Monday 28th October please.

We will be distributing trophies to the winners and to the team that raises the most sponsorship. Refreshments will be provided and the whole evening will be free of charge, except for a bar at normal prices. You can also find out more about the charities you have supported.

We look forward to seeing you on the night and trust that you’ll have an enjoyable walk and a fabulous time!

Jas Shorney

Rotary Club of Taunton Vale

Lyddons Mead, Nailsbourne, Taunton TA2 8AF    telephone 01823 451532


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