WHETHER you're a walker, cyclist or horse rider, you still have time to register for one the biggest charity fundraising events in Kirklees.

With less than a month to go before The Examiner Charity Challenge on Sunday, May 23, organisers are urging people to support their favourite good cause in a sponsored effort.

Taking in moorland, hills, reservoirs and woods, participants on the three bike routes, three walks and the horse ride will raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes, as well as getting the chance to explore some beautiful scenery around Meltham.

Last year, 750 entrants raised £37,000. Since the first Charity Challenge in 1990, the event has made £340,000.

Thanks to gift aid tax breaks, for every £100 raised a charity receives £128.

The event, run jointly by the Lions Club of Huddersfield and the Examiner, gives everyone - no matter their fitness - the opportunity to enjoy inspirational countryside and help a good cause of their choice.

However, the seven-mile and three-and-a- half mile walks will be slightly tougher than last year.

Cyclists can choose from an eight or 24-mile road route, while mountain bikers have a stunning 16-mile course.

Horse riders follow bridleways on their nine-mile trot.

A path of anything between half a mile and two miles can be enjoyed by wheelchair users, pushchairs, toddlers or people unable to complete a longer walk.

That trail skirts Blackmoorfoot Reservoir.

Last year was the first time the starting point had been Meltham Cricket Club.

Organiser Bob Armitage, of the Lions, said there had been about 200 entrants so far and he expected the traditional last-minute rush for places before the final pre-registration date of May 10.

He said he was hoping for good weather after the downpours of 2003.

"We are optimistic. We have only had two really bad days over the years. Last year was one of them! But we are very optimistic God is going to look down on us!"

However, he warned walkers to be prepared, saying: "It's going to be a lot more challenging than last year. Everybody can leave their high heels at home."