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A group of walkers passing through Eastwood on last year's Todmorden Boundary Walk
A group of walkers passing through Eastwood on last year's Todmorden Boundary Walk

There is still time to enter the 2013 Todmorden Boundary Walk, which takes this place this Sunday (May 5).

Pre-day entries have been signing up over the past few weeks for both the 22-mile walk or the shorter 12-mile Pike Hike, both organised by Todmorden Rotary Club.

Walkers will be coming from far and near, from as far afield as Sussex to a number from Weir Minerals Europe, which is supporting the club in running the walk. Weir, whose Todmorden base is on Halifax Road, is a worldwide company but are always keen to support local events and around 38 of the firm’s employees have signed up to take part in the walk.

Weir Minerals Europe’s managing director, Tony Locke, said: “Weir Minerals is pleased to be supporting the Todmorden Rotary Club with this event.

“The walk represents a good opportunity to engage with our local community in Todmorden, whilst helping to raise funds for good causes, as well as promoting good health.”

Todmorden Rotary Club’s Boundary Walk chairman Mr Paul Hughes said that this year the charity benefiting from the walk will be the little known national charity the Circulation Foundation.

The charity promotes research into vascular disease, which is the collective term for disease of the veins and arteries, said Paul.

“It is 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,” he said.

Even if you have not entrered yet, you can do so on the day.

You can register for the Boundary Walk at the start and finishing point at Bellholme Spoorts Ground,Rochdale Road, Walsden, between 8am and 9am, and the on-the-day cost is £12 per walker (£9 for under 16s). At the same venue you can also register for the Pike Hike between 9am and 10.15am, the cost for this shorter walk being £10 per person (£8 for under 16s).

Whichever you choose, you will be rewarded with views of the area’s stunning countryside, said Paul, which plays a role in attracting walkers from all over the country to take part.

“We are all ready to roll, everything is in place and we’re and just looking for a good day weatherwise,” said Paul.

This year is the 31st running of the Boundary Walk, 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 gentler 12-mile Pike Hike has been held on the same day. Each year a different charity is chosen to benefit from the walks.