THE EXAMINER charity challenge has been growing steadily since it began in 1990.
We've braved blistering sunshine and miserable rain and never missed a year - not even when the foot and mouth crisis raged on our farmland in 2001.
The first event, on Sunday, May 13, 1990, was entitled the Examiner Pride in Huddersfield Charity Walk.
A total of £13,872 was raised by hundreds of people on a six-and-a-half mile walk from the YMCA sports ground at Salendine Nook, a venue that would be the event's base for the following five years.
In 1991, 614 walkers raised £15,800 and the following year 558 people generated £16,336.
In 1993 a total of £16,500 was raised and in 1994, 400 people made £14,735 for local charities.
And 1995 saw 457 participants raise £15,546.
The next year, support grew dramatically and nearly 1,000 people raised £33,192.
John Woodhead, of the Examiner-backed Huddersfield Breast Cancer Appeal, played a big part in this success, writing to local companies and organisations to persuade many more people to take part.
In 1997 it was time for a change of scenery and the event moved to Storthes Hall Park, Kirkburton.
More than 900 people took part in the first combined walk and cycle rise, raising £33,356.
The challenge returned to Storthes Hall in 1998, making more than £28,000 with the help of nearly 1,000 participants.
Kirkburton continued to be the start and finish point in 1999 and 2000, with 900 people raising about £30,000 each time.
Then in 2001 the foot and mouth crisis threatened the event - but organisers remained defiant and simply put it back to September.
A smaller number of people - 300 - turned out but a whopping £14,000 was generated for local good causes.
In 2002 it was time for another change.
More than 1,000 people took part in a cycle ride, six and three- mile walks, a wheelchair and pushchair route and a treasure trail for children, generating about £30,000. Starting points were at Meltham and Honley, with participants finishing at Storthes Hall.
In 2003, the challenge moved to its current home at Meltham Sports and Community Centre, Mean Lane.
In its first year there, the event attracted more than 750 people and raised £43,000.
The following year, nearly 1,000 people attended, raising £40,000.
And last year - thanks to good publicity and fine weather - a total of 1,400 made £50,000. That's about £425,000 over 16 years.
As organiser Bob Armitage says: "Wouldn't it be good if we could get to £500,000 this year?"