Lace up your boots and let’s celebrate

KEEN walkers should start flexing their legs again in preparation for this year’s Todmorden Boundary Walk.

It’s a special anniversary this year, marking the 30th time since it began to be organised by Todmorden Rotary Club, so hikers are recommended to make a date in their diary for Sunday, May 6, to take part in the landmark event.

Walkers can take part in the full 22-mile hike which begins and ends at Bellholme Sports Ground, Walsden, or the shorter Pike Hike which takes in canal towpaths and Stoodley Pike - this 12-mile shorter walk is being held for the fifth time.

Boundary Walk chairman Paul Hughes said the origins of the walk go back further than that and hoped the occasion would be both a chance to find out more about its roots as well as taking part this time around.

“We think the first boundary walk was organised in 1968 by the Round Table, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and Dobroyd Castle school. It ran for a few years then stopped, before Rotary revived it in in the early 80s, only missing when the foot and mouth outbreak hit the county a decade or so ago.

“Since then thousands of people have taken part and many people have used it to raise money for good causes of their own. We always havea charity that benefits and this year it will be the Motor Neurone disease charity,” he said.

Although Rotary are now running it alone until this year they had help from their sister organisation Inner Wheel and Paul said he wanted to thanks the Inner Wheel volunteers for all their work on the walks in past years.

He said the club is still looking for a main sponsor for the walk - finding one helps reduce costs and increases the amount given to charity.

One of the original 1968 organisers, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team continue to play a part in the modern day event and radio group Raynet and Bellholme all make key contributions.

Entry forms are now available from Todmorden Information Centre or Margaret’s China and Glass, both in Burnley Road, Todmorden, or can be downloaded from Rotary’s site, www.todrotary.org where you can also find more details.

Paul can be contacted on 01706 813091 for more details.

In the meantime, he says: “Get your boots on and help us make the 30th anniversary something special.”