BIGGER and better than ever before!
That's the message from the organisers of this year's Examiner Charity Challenge.
Hikers, bikers and horse riders are all being urged to raise as much cash as possible for local good causes during the sponsored event on Sunday, May 23.
Last year, £37,000 went to more than 100 charities. Since it first began in 1990, the challenge has scooped a staggering £340,000.
The event, run by the Lions Club of Huddersfield and the Examiner, was officially launched at Dalton Grange, Bradley Mills Road, last night.
The day offers everyone the chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in England while helping good causes.
The beautiful hills and valleys around Meltham will provide the backdrop for all the courses for the second year running.
Organiser Bob Armitage said there were few better fundraising opportunities.
"Any charities who haven't turned up tonight should get in touch. As far as we are concerned we are here to maximise the fundraising and anybody who wants to get on board can simply ring me," he said.
Elaine Chilton, of the charity AFASIC, which helps young people with speech and language impairments, urged all good causes, both big and small, to get involved.
AFASIC workers in Kirklees now make the event the focus of their fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Mrs Chilton also said that the gift aid tax break meant more than £28 would go back to a charity for every £100 raised.
Robert Drummond, Examiner marketing director, said: "This is one of the biggest fundraising events in the Huddersfield calendar."
Expert route-setters have planned seven different courses.
Seven-mile and a three-and-a-half mile walks take in the bridleways above Meltham.
Entrants can expect more of a challenge than last year with plenty hill climbs - and resulting views to enjoy!
Cyclists have a choice of an eight-mile or 27-mile road route while mountain bikers are looking forward to a breathtaking 16-mile ride through some of the most beautiful wilderness in northern England.
Mel Gibson has planned the cycling courses and provided a far longer road route than before.
Horse riders will follow bridleways on their nine-mile route.
A course of anything between half a mile and two miles can be enjoyed by wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, toddlers, or those unable to complete a longer walk.
That short route skirts Blackmoorfoot Reservoir.
Entry forms will be appearing here on icHuddersfield and in the paper itself. Contact Bob Armitage on 01484 665990.