You can still register on the day - which Raynet will help link up

IF you haven’t already entered Todmorden Boundary Walk, organised by Todmorden Rotary Club on Sunday, May 6, then you can do so on the day.

Boundary walk chairman Paul Hughes said walkers who have not yet registered for the 22-mile walk or the shorter 12-mile Pike Hike can do so on the day. For the Boundary Walk itself they should attend the starting checkpoint at Bellholme Sports Ground, Rochdale Road, Walsden, between 8am and 9am, and Pike Hikers should attend at the same venue between 9am and 10am.

As well as Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, another group closely involved on the day since the walk’s early 80s revival is Raynet, which also provides link-ups for a range of other Calderdale events.

Raynet - the Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network - is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

Paul Rigg of Raynet said: “We’ve been involved in all the boundary walks since it was revived.

“We provide the communications between the various checkpoints which they require connections as we do at other events including the Hebden Bridge Boundary Walk, the Calderdale Hike, the Haworth Hobble and the Long Distance Walkers’ annual event in Hebden Bridge,” he said.

For 2012, they are also linking up with another community group, the Calder Valley Air Training Corps squadron, said Paul, with some of the cadets assisting Raynet members. Between six and eight Raynet members will be on duty at the Todmorden Boundary Walk - at larger events it can be as many as 25, said Paul.

One event Paul remembers above others is the 1985 Summit Tunnel Walk, following the previous year’s devastating fire - this was the first of this kind of event with the challenges it brought.

Paul said one change Raynet members have noticed is less weight and cost - “The equipment has got smaller but also cheaper to buy over the years!” he said.