Monday, 20th October 2014

Walkers rescue Bridgnorth charity event

THE Bridgnorth Walk will take place this year after all, thanks to a group of young volunteers who have come forward to save it from the axe.

The annual walk, which regularly attracts thousands of entrants, raised £120,000 for charity last year.

There had been fears it would have to be scrapped because of a dwindling and ageing organising committee.

But a new chairman has been appointed – former walk winner Vicky Morris – and the committee has swelled from just four members to 15.

The walk will take place on a new date, Bank Holiday Monday, June 4, chosen to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the town council’s celebrations for that milestone.

Former chairman Derek Moorhouse, who will remain on the committee, said: “The organisation was down to just four of us at one point and none of us were getting any younger and couldn’t carry on doing it forever.

“Thankfully, young volunteers have come forward and now they will carry the event forward. It is such a relief.

“We met with the town council and found no reason why the jubilee celebrations and the walk could not work together.

“There’s not much wrong with the walk but the new, young committee members will help freshen it up.”

Special jubilee medals will be awarded to everyone who takes part this year.

New rules will also apply to the junior walk after last year’s event was ruled a no contest amid complaints about children running.

Mrs Morris said: “Three years ago Derek announced volunteers were desperately needed and I wanted to do something about it. We hope we can do the jubilee justice.

“For the juniors we’re looking to incorporate a fun run.

“We want a proper, competitive event to overcome the disappointment of last year but without compromising what the walk is all about.

“The plan is for juniors to compete in a 3km run but they then have to finish the rest of the seven-mile walk to be classed as the winner.

“If they don’t walk to the top of the Brown Clee and back they won’t win.

“We need people to help marshal the event.”

Bridgnorth resident Lynne Fox, who is involved with Help For Heroes charity, is now the secretary, having taken over Barbara Atkinson.

Peter Davidson will remain on the committee as treasurer.

James Fisher