Every year, the Mayor of Hebden Royd chooses a charity to raise funds for over the course of their tenure. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 this has meant that all physical fundraising events during this time have had to be cancelled.
In response to this, the Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, is inviting experienced and confident runners to take on the Mayor’s Charity Challenge between Easter and the Spring Bank Holidays.
The Covid-safe Charity Challenge is to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Hebden Bridge & District Old People's Welfare Committee, who exist for the benefit of all older people in the Upper Calder Valley, organising events across the area, engaging the wider community.
Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens said: “Spring is a fantastic time of year for runners, it’s the perfect temperature for long runs, the evenings become lighter and it’s the ideal time to explore our beautiful green Valley as well as running for charity too. Sign up is free and there is no minimum sponsorship, just whatever you can raise for this fantastic local charity!”
The Mayor continues: “Confident runners have the choice of two routes which you can take part on a day or a time of your choice between 3 April to 3 May. As we are not allowed spectators at present, we ask non-runners to support the challenge by sponsoring the runners via our Just Giving sponsor page.”
The two challenges include:
The ‘Round about Hebden Royd’ | 17.38k and 588m of climb
Linking the two largest residential centres of the Parish using the Rochdale canal. The route starts in Hebden bridge and climbs up to and takes in the iconic Stoodley pike monument. Dropping down to pass Withins reservoir and across Cragg vale to Mytholmroyd, and a gentle return to Hebden bridge along the canal.
Around the Trigs - Tough Trigs Challenge | Approx. 17km depending on your route
This is a challenge taking you up onto the high moorland outside the Hebden Royd boundaries. You can either visit three of the trigs listed or all five. The trig points are Cock Hill, Crow Hill, Manshead End, Little Holder Stones, and Stoodley Pike.
Added: Thursday, 25 March 2021