IT’S time to sign up for this year’s Examiner Charity Challenge – and it couldn’t be easier.
This year the aim is to help smaller charities and good causes which is why we are eager for groups like junior sports clubs, cubs, guides, brownies, scouts, community groups and schools to sign up.
All the organisation is done by Lions clubs across Huddersfield and the Examiner and we even count up all your money.
This is the 23rd Examiner Charity Challenge and over the years the event has raised £750,000 for a massive range of charities and good causes.
To enter simply fill in the form on this page which will be printed regularly in the Examiner or download one from our website at www.examiner.co.uk/charitychallenge. People can email the completed form to us or print it out and then send it by post but they will need to include a stamped addressed envelope.
The Challenge is at a new home this year at the Lepton Highlanders Sports and Social Club just off Wakefield Road at Lepton.
There are several walks and cycle rides to choose from and there will also be a horse route again this year after missing last year at the last base in Meltham.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “All you need to do is choose the event you want, sign up and then come along and have a great day.
“Anyone who has had to organise a fundraising event knows all the organisation and red tape that needs sorting out so by doing this it means you can simply concentrate on raising as much money as possible for your organisation or charity of your choice.’’
Huddersfield Lions Club president Andrew Thornes added: “There will be something for everyone so I would urge organisations throughout the town to galvanise their supporters into signing up and joining us on what promises to be another marvellous fund-raising day.
“By starting from a new venue there are new routes and totally different views of the magnificent countryside that surrounds us.”
One of those aiming to use the Challenge is Slaithwaite Community Centre which needs to revamp its playground. Up to 60 youngsters are expected to take part from toddlers to Guides and Scouts.
There are challenges designed for everyone with sign-posted three and seven-mile walks with staffed points as well as a longer 20k (12.4-mile).
There is also a three-mile Nordic walk.
Then there is a 17-mile bike ride on quiet roads past Emley Moor Mast to Skelmanthorpe and both Lower and Upper Cumberworth, Shepley and Farnley Tyas, an 18.5-mile mountain bike route taking in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Clayton West and a seven mile family bike ride on quiet roads taking in Flockton Moor and Emley Moor.
The horse ride is 12 miles and takes in Emley, Little Lepton, Highburton and Clayton West – and up to 40 riders have taken part in the past.
The one mile wheelchair and pushchair route will again be at Beaumont Park. The closing date for pre-registration entries is Friday, May 11. It costs £4 and £2 for children aged between six and 16 which will be collected on the day to cover the administration costs.
Children under six are free.
People can enter on the day but it will cost £10.