Walkers turned out in large numbers to take part in the 5k and 10k charity walks on Sunday 17th May, which was organised by the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle. Mainly dry weather made the day very successful with over 500 people taking part.
The main 10k walk took walkers along the scenic stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, then along the old railway track through Great Harwood before returning to the start position at Junction 7 Business Park at Clayton-le-Moors.
BBC Radio Lancashire’s personality Sally Naden was on hand to send both the 5k and 10k walkers on their way, including walkers who were supporting Team Nepal, raising much needed funds for this earthquake stricken country.
It is very pleasing to report that early indications show that over £25,000 was raised by the walkers; this is a huge credit to all those participants getting sponsorship themselves, as every penny will be going to the Charity or Good Cause of the walker’s choice. Since this popular annual event was started up 10 years ago a staggering £350,000 has been raised and passed onto the appropriate Charity.
This event organiser and club Rotarian Richard Wallwork said “ It was very pleasing to have such a large turnout, we had a surge of ticket sales during the last two weeks as a result of creating the ‘Team Nepal’ slot and the publicity provided by Radio Lancashire. The projected amount of money raised for good causes never ceases to amaze me and I know that often teams raise more than they initially project. Well done our walkers and runners, without doubt this annual walk brings great credit to to the Borough of Hyndburn. I would also like to thank the help from local Rotary clubs who provided Stewards and also the volunteers from Red Rose Recovery.
Entertainment was provided by Blow Jangles who created a grand atmosphere and they were supported by East Lancs Cheerleaders who were most appreciated as the walkers returned to the finishing line.
Without doubt this is one of Hyndburn’s significant events of the year and from many comments from the participants it was a most enjoyable event especially with the weather being mainly dry. For the first time a 5k fun run was organised to establish if this should feature in next year’s planning.
Ian McTurk, President of the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle commented “I am very proud what has been achieved today in making this annual walk such a creditable community event. The club appreciates the help received from local sponsors’ and also local Rotary clubs and other organisations in the various tasks they were given to make the day so successful. Most important of all, many thanks to all the walkers and fun runners today that raised much needed funds for their various chosen charities and good causes.”
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