Staggered starts for walk challenge

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Due to the record number of participants taking part in Longridge’s milestone 20th 20 Mile 20 Pub Walk on Saturday, organisers are asking those who may like a little longer in bed to have a lie in.

On the registration document, registration is stated to be between 8.15am and 8.45am, but officials from the Longridge Unaffiliated Mountaineering and Peregrination Society (LUMPS), who organise the walk each year, are extending this time slot by three quarters of an hour, to stagger what will then hopefully be a much smoother start, from 8.15am to 9.30am.

Around 600 people have entered, approximately 200 more than normal, and everyone is being asked to be patient at the start because of the large volume of walkers who will be stepping out in aid of three good causes: Longridge Cricket Club, Longridge Hockey Club and Help for Heroes.

A spokesperson for LUMPS said: “On the day, despite our efforts, there may be some delays. Participants are asked to be patient and not to miss out the first two venues - Longridge Football Club and Longridge Cricket Club - who will welcome the custom.”

However, for all those at the start, there will be bacon barms and refreshments available at the Alston Arms while waiting to begin this year’s walk, which promises to be a stunner.

This year’s route is a similar one to LUMPS’ first walk, taking in the glorious countryside on Longridge’s door step, as well as most of the area’s pubs and clubs.

The walk will return to the Alston Arms for participants to collect their certificates and live entertainment will be provided by the highly acclaimed Rockitz during the evening.

This year, LUMPS hopes to smash the £100,000 target raised over the years for numerous good causes. Since the first walk was staged in l994, it has supported Hillside School; Blackburn Diabetic Society; Alpha; cystic fibrosis charities; the Pat Walker Appeal; First Responders; Bowland Mountain Rescue; leukaemia and epilepsy in memory of Andrew Hollingworth and Jade Cronshaw; St Catherine’s Hospice; Bone Cancer Research Trust; the Royal Preston Hospital’s urology department; Chorley Hospital’s breast cancer care unit and Longridge Town Football Club.

Last year’s walk was in aid of Ronald McDonald House, raising over £11,182 to help a new house at Manchester Children’s Hospital, which offers a free home away from home for families with children in the hospital, just a stone’s throw from the ward. This brought the total raised by the 19 walks to £91,000.

Participants are asked to wear their 20th 20 Mile 20 Pub Walk t-shirt on the day so they can be easily identifiable.

Sponsor money can be brought on the day or paid at one of the collection nights following the event.