All-night marathon hike challenge for walkers

By David Newble

Monday, January 27, 2014

 

All-night marathon hike challenge for walkers


AN ALL-NIGHT 26-mile hike across the Isle of Wight to raise funds for young people’s charity, Challenge and Adventure, is set to take place during this year’s walking festival.

Challenge the Wight, which is supported by Island firms, including the Isle of Wight County Press, and organised by the charity’s events manager, Karen Eeles, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, and leaves from Bembridge, crossing the width of the Isle of Wight before ending at The Needles Park.

It sets off at 11pm on the Saturday from Bembridge, with walkers making an all-night trek to The Needles finishing between 7am and 10am on Sunday so it is not for the faint hearted.

The event is fully marshalled along the route. Off-road vehicles will provide inaccessible points with first-aid cover.

Each walker is given a free T-shirt, bag and a head torch. All walkers will receive a medal on completion of the walk. The medals have been sponsored by the County Press.

At the finish at The Needles Park, with the support of WA Foods and Gibson’s, each walker will be greeted by the Isle of Wight Radio breakfast show, a bacon bap and a warm drink.

Anyone interested in registering can go to the website www.challengethewight.com, ring 01983 527026 or e-mail karen@challengeandadventure.org.

Sponsor forms will be provided for those wanting to get sponsorship for the charity.

Organisers would like to thank the County Press, Isle of Wight Radio, Red Funnel, HSS Hire, The Needles Park, landowners and the National Trust for their support.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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