TWO new locations will feature in this year’s Examiner Charity Challenge.
And organisers of the huge event hope that that will add to the attraction of the day.
The 21st annual Challenge, planned for Sunday, May 23, is to be based at its now traditional home at Meltham Sports and Community Centre.
It will again offer walks of differing lengths, bike rides and Nordic walking for hundreds of people aiming to raise cash for a charity of their choice.
But to freshen up the event, organisers from the Lions Club have arranged for new venues for the toddler and wheelchair walks and for the horse riders.
The walks will be in Beaumont Park, rather than around Blackmoorfoot reservoir and horse riders will set off on different routes from The Crossroads pub, halfway between New Mill and Shepley.
Lions Charity Challenge chairman Martin Richardson revealed details of the event at a briefing for officials and volunteers at the Laund Hill YMCA, Salendine Nook.
“I believe this year’s event will be another success,’’ he said.
“There was a real feelgood atmosphere at the meeting with a lot of people enthusiastic about the Charity Challenge.
“We also had a very good speaker in Jo Naylor, from the Huddersfield Pregnancy Crisis Centre, who explained how much it means to local charities like hers.
“We have come up with the new venues for some of the events in the hope that a change of scenery may well attract newcomers.
“We know we have a hardcore of supporters who always turn up and always enjoy the Charity Challenge but it would be good to attract a lot of new people to take part.
“We have done all the hard work with organising and checking the various routes for the walkers, the horse-riders and the cyclists and now we want people to sign up to take part.”
Over the years, the Charity Challenge has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
Every year, many hundreds take part in the walks and rides.
To get involved, log on to the Examiner website on www.examiner.co.uk for details and download an application form which are also available at the Examiner offices in Queen Street South.