Put a spring in your step!

Rotary Club walk in aid of hospices - event_Sunday 01/04/12.'Brighouse
Rotary Club walk in aid of hospices - event_Sunday 01/04/12.'Brighouse

More than 300 charity fund-raisers have now signed up for the third annual Rotary Navigation Walk which will pass through Brighouse on Sunday.

Rotary Clubs from Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield have again joined forces to organise the sponsored walk along the banks of the Calder and Hebble Navigation between Horbury and Sowerby Bridge.

This year the scope of the walk has been extended with a link along the Spen Valley Greenway between Cleckheaton and the original route at Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.

Money raised by the walk will be divided equally betweenOvergate Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Wakefield Hospice and Kirkwood Hospice.

Rotarian Olwen Edwards said: “Although online registration closed on Tuesday, people can still register at start points along the route on the day. Last year we had about 50 people do that and it will be possible again this year. I am so impressed with people’s spirit in continuing to register and attract sponsorship despite the cold and snow.

“The organisers are keeping an eye on conditions and our fingers will be crossed for a beautiful clear and sunny spring day on Sunday. Let’s hope people will have a ‘spring’ in their step.”

The walk will take place between 8am and 4pm and walkers can tackle different lengths on the 20-mile route along level canal towpaths and other well-established footpaths.

The start/finish points are: The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge; The Barge and Barrel, Elland; Bethel Street car park, Brighouse; The Navigation Tavern, Mirfield; Ponderosa, Heckmondwike; Tesco car park , Cleckheaton; and The Navigation Inn, Horbury.

The first Rotary Navigation Walk in April 2011 raised nearly £8000. For details: www.rotarynavigationwalk.co.uk