Bridgnorth Walk and Marathon to give vital boost to struggling charities and town centre

One of Shropshire's biggest fundraising events planned for this year hopes to support charities that have suffered as a result of the Covid pandemic, organisers have said.

Bridgnorth Lions members John Woodfield, Peter Morford, Ken 'The Lion' Richardson, John White and Richard Wills
Bridgnorth Lions members John Woodfield, Peter Morford, Ken 'The Lion' Richardson, John White and Richard Wills

The Bridgnorth Lions added that this year's Bridgnorth Walk & Marathon, due to take place on September 12, will also give a vital boost to the town's shops and hospitality venues following a challenging 12 months.

Peter Parker, event organiser, said: "As well as a fantastic day out for families, this is a great opportunity for local people to raise money for charities close their hearts or causes that may have suffered as a result of Covid.

"The event will also give a much welcome boost to the town’s shops and hospitality venues.

"Naturally, we will be fully compliant with any Government restrictions in place at that time.

“As in previous years, we will welcome competitors of all ages and levels by offering different routes.

"No matter what their ability, participants can expect to enjoy a truly wonderful community event.”

The walk and recently added marathon, which has run in a format for more than 50 years, usually takes place at the end of May.

Funds

Typically, more than £100,000 is raised for a variety of local and national charities and good causes when it takes place.

It last happened in 2019, with last year’s event falling victim to the pandemic.

The main walk will kick off as usual in the High Street and involve a 20 or 22-mile hike, taking in the surroundings of the Brown Clee.

A seven-mile junior walk for nine to 14-year-olds will start in Ditton Priors and end with the other participants in High Street.

Finally, the challenging marathon course introduced in 2019 will mirror the walkers’ route to the top of Brown Clee with additional miles added on the way back to the town centre.

The marathon is expected to attract both experienced local runners and those from clubs around the West Midlands and beyond.

Volunteer marshalls from the Bridgnorth Lions and other local organisations will span the route to ensure everyone’s safety during the event and to ensure any restrictions are adhered to.

The Bridgnorth Lions has shared their plans with various bodies, including Bridgnorth Town Council, Shropshire Council and with the Boyne Estate with approval having been granted by all.

The walk and marathon website, bridgnorthwalk.org.uk, will be up and accepting entries by May 1.

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