Dearne walkers urged to join charity challenge

Red Cross fundraiser Max Newton

Red Cross fundraiser Max Newton

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Dearne folk are being urged to pull on their boots for a major hiking challenge to raise vital funds for charity.

Registration is under way for this year’s Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which takes place in the Yorkshire Dales, near Settle, on Saturday, July 18.

The 24.5 mile challenge tasks walkers to traverse the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours to raise money for the British Red Cross.

Max Newton, senior community fundraiser for the Red Cross in Yorkshire, said he has completed the challenge himself and urged others to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “As you ascend peaks you will be taken aback by the incredible views.

“On a clear day you can see as far as Morecombe Bay in deepest Lancashire.

“It’s a magnificent walk and, although some of the going is tough, the sense of wonder and achievement will spur you on throughout the day.

“In 2014 over 210 walkers from all over the world descended on the Yorkshire Three Peaks and raised over £40,000 for the work of the British Red Cross.

“We want more walkers to help us beat last year’s total.”

Entry to the event is £10.

There is no minimum fee you have to raise for charity.

Anyone interested is urged to visit the official website of the British Red Cross for more information.

Yo can sign up online at www.redcross.org.uk/Y3P