Ready to go some distance for Tod’s boundary walk

Walkers at Eastwood during last year's event
Walkers at Eastwood during last year's event

The first entries are in for this year’s Tofdmorden Boundary Walk - and they will have some distance to travel!

Last year was a real success for the walk, which is run by Todmorden Rotary Club.

It celebrated the 30th anniversary of the club’s organisding of the walk, and the resulting publicity also made it a bumper fundraising year, taking plsace on one of the rare decent days of 2012 as far as the weather was concerned.

Rotarian Paul Hughes is Boundary Walk chairman and was delighted with people’s response last time out.

With more than £3,000 subsequently sent to the main beneficiary alone - the Motor Neuron Disease Association was last year’s chosen charity - was an undoubted success, says Paul.

And with the walk’s reputation as a picturesque challenge spreading, he hopes many more will follow in the footsteps of the first hikers to sign up for this year’s event, which will be on Sunday, May 5, and again a good cause will benefit

“They could well be the furthest travellers as they are coming all the way from Battle in East Sussex (1066 and all that) to enjoy Todmorden’s fabulous and stunning countryside. We always have walkers from far and wide as it is recognised by the Long Distance Walkers Association as a particularly well run event.

“The main beneficiary charity this year is the little known national charity the Circulation Foundation. The charity promotes research into vascular disease. Vascular disease is the collective term for disease of the veins and arteries. It’s as common as cancer and heart disease and accounts for 40 per cent of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable.

“People with diabetes are five times more likely to develop vascular disease. As well as research, the Circulation Foundation also provides information and support to sufferers and their families.”

This year is the 31st running of the 22-mile iconic Boundary Walk by the club, which was first run in 1968, organised 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 the early 80s.

It is also the sixth time that the Rotary Club have put on the gentler 12-mile Pike Hike on the same day.

Walkers will start leaving the starting - and finishing - point at Bellholme Sports Ground around 8am.

Entry forms are available at Margaret’s China and Glass, Burnley Road, Todmorden, Todmorden Information Centre, also on Burnley Road, or by downloading one from www.todrotary.org and is £10 before the day of the walk, £12 on the day.

Paul added that the club would welcome sponsorship for the event, which help with its running costs and maximise the amount which goes to the charity.

For more information on the Boundary Walk or the Pike Hike please contact Boundary Walk Chairman Paul Hughes on 01706 813091 or visit www.todrotary.org and click on the link to Boundary Walk.