Perfect conditions for full 22-miler or shorter Pike Hike

Walkers at the Bacup Road checkpoint at the 2014 Todmorden Boundary Walk
Walkers at the Bacup Road checkpoint at the 2014 Todmorden Boundary Walk

Ideal walking conditions greeted those taking part in this year’s 22-mile Todmorden Boundary Walk or the shorter 12-mile Pike Hike.

An entry of more than 300 walkers in total delighted organisers Todmorden Rotary Club, and walkers set out in dry, slightly overcast conditions which were not too warm - just right, said co-organiser for the club Ian Bantham.

“Both walks were well supported, the boundary Walk with 205 participants and the Pike Hike with 103.

“The majority of walkers were from Todmorden and the surrounding area. However we also had walkers from further afield including Tadcaster, Rye in Sussex and Newcastle upon Tyne.

“The Rotary Club would like to thank all of the walkers taking part for their support in making the event a great success. All walkers who took part in the Pike Hike finished and there were only seven retirees from the Boundary Walk,” said Ian. Todmorden Rotary Club president Simon Hardy welcomed walkers home - the event started and finished at Bellholme Sports Ground, Walsden.

The fastest walker to complete the Boundary Walk was Andrew Cartwright in 4 hours 55 minutes.

The fastest time for the walk by a runner was chalked up by Andrew Wrench, one of the entries from Weir Minerals, the Todmorden based international company which has supported the walk in numbers over the past few years.

Accomplished fell runner Andrew ran the route in a time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

The walk raises thousands of pounds each year for charities, and has a main one each year - the main charity benefiting from this years walk is the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ian added: “We would also like to express our thanks to all those who help make the event happen, including Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team for safety cover, Raynet for communications, Bellholme Sports Ground for the registration venue, Bridgeholme Cricket Club for checkpoint refreshments and to the team of flaggers who marked out the routes.”