HUDDERSFIELD’S premier fundraising event is all set to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The 22nd Examiner Charity Challenge will be held on Sunday, May 22, and will feature a variety of events to ensure anyone can take part.
Activities include a seven-mile walk, four-mile stroll, four-mile Nordic walk, 12-mile hike (20km) and a wheelchair and pushchair route.
Cycling enthusiasts have a choice of three routes: a 22-mile road ride, 16-mile mountain bike trek and an eight-mile family cycle ride.
All the events will set off from Meltham Sports And Community Centre at Mean Lane in Meltham, except for the wheelchair and pushchair event which will be staged at Beaumont Park.
This route will be one-mile long.
The events have been organised by four Lions clubs: Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Holmfirth and Meltham and Denby Dale and District.
Charity Challenge committee chairman Martin Richardson said: “The aim is that we organise the events and work with the Examiner on all the administration.
“This means the charities have a choice of ready-made events for the day. All the entrants have to do is register beforehand, get some sponsorship, have a great time on the day, then send their sponsorship money to the Examiner.
“It will be collated there and sent on to the charities.’’
Last year’s event raised about £35,000.
On the registration form there are 13 charities to choose from – or simply add your own. Don’t forget to tick the gift aid box on the form as this will greatly boost the total for the charities.
Most of the walks and bike rides take in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir in the early part of the route along with the Royd Edge area of Meltham.
Organisers stress the four-mile and seven-mile walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as they are cross-country.
The 12-mile (20k) hike has space for 35 entrants and is a guided walk which takes in the Meltham and Honley areas. There will be three breaks – and one of them is a stop for lunch. It will take about six hours.
The Nordic walk will follow the four-mile route and equipment will be provided. This involves walking with two poles. The body movements exercise 90% of muscles.
“It also burns off 40% more calories than normal walking,’’ said Eric Delmont from Kirklees Leisure, who will lead the walk.
The 16-mile mountain bike route takes in Digley reservoir and the Wessenden Valley, while the family ride includes Meltham Greenway.
The 22-mile cycle ride nips over the border into Greater Manchester to include Diggle.
To register fill in the form on this page or download one from www.examiner.co.uk/charitychallenge