THEY say variety is the spice of life.

So organisers of this year’s Examiner Charity Challenge are hoping that will ring true on Sunday, May 23.

The hugely-popular event – which raises many thousands of pounds for charity – is again based at Meltham Sports and Community Centre.

But for many of the participants, there’s a chance to try something different.

The pushchair, toddler and wheelchair walk, which appeals to families, has been moved from its traditional home at Blackmoorfoot reservoir to a new site in Beaumont Park.

And for the horse-riders, used to trotting along the bridle paths around Meltham, there is the opportunity for pastures new.

The ride planned for this year’s event will run from The Crossroads pub, between New Mill and Shepley.

It’s a bold move by the organisers, who want not only to tempt their regulars back into the fold, but to also draw in new participants.

The Meltham site will be the base for the bulk of the events.

For walkers there are the options of a four-mile trek, a seven-mile walk or a 20km walk, led by members of the Kirklees Countryside Volunteers.

Cyclists can get on their bikes for an eight-mile family ride, a 16-mile course aimed at mountain bikers or a 22-mile road ride.

And there is also the opportunity to take part in Nordic walking, which is recognised as a superb way of getting fit and having fun.

The Meltham site will also offer refreshments, with the opportunity still open for people to run stalls on the day.

Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “It has proved to be a hugely-popular event in the Huddersfield calendar and we hope hundreds will again join us for a wonderful experience.

“People can enjoy the countryside around Huddersfield and do their bit for their chosen charity”.

The Lions Clubs have organised the event once more and have made it easy for people to register, to turn up and to have a great day.

Martin Richardson, Charity Challenge chairman, said: “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.”

To get involved, visit the Examiner website at for details and download an application form. They are also available at the Examiner offices at Queen Street South.