The event, which will take place on Saturday June 19 and is being organised by Diverse Abilities and partner Charity Challenge, will see participants trek across the Wessex Ridgeway to raise funds for Dorset’s disability charity.
Participants will ascend to the top of Lewesdon Hill, Pilsdon Pen, and Bulbarrow Hill, summiting an accumulative height of 1,530 metres, which is taller than Ben Nevis, and covering a marathon distance of 26.2 miles across the ridgeway.
Director of Charity Challenge, Simon Albert, said, “At the moment, people really want something to look forward to, to get fit for, to focus on during restrictions, and this helps tick all those boxes. It’s good for people’s health and wellbeing to get fresh air, stay in shape, and do something positive for others.”
The event is completely unique and provides spectacular views across the Dorset countryside. Everyone should arrive with a sense of adventure as the route uses country lanes and some less well-known footpaths in order to reach the goal. It is anticipated that it will take 10 to 12 hours to complete the course.
Registration costs £35, with a minimum fundraising target of £265, and Charity Challenge is currently offering 10 per cent discount until Sunday January 31. The registration fee includes all the practical advice and tips before you go and on the day itself, discounts with select outdoor retailers, and drinking water and snacks throughout the trek itself.
Events manager at Diverse Abilities, Karen Hay, added, “This really is a fantastic challenge, and is also a good opportunity for corporate groups to spend some time together in the great outdoors. Hitting your fundraising target will make such a difference for us, £270 can provide overnight 1:1 support for a teenager at our Transitions day centre, Lawford Lodge. This not only gives parents a night of respite, but also helps the teens practice independence as they transition to adult services.”
Visit diverseabilities.org.uk/d3p for more information about how to get involved, use code NY2021 for 10 per cent off the registration fee.
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