Last week for entries for the 2012 Haltwhistle Challenge
The 4th Annual Haltwhistle Challenge starts Saturday, 19th May in Haltwhistle's Market Square. Walkers start at 8.00a.m. and runners set off later at 10.00a.m.
The Haltwhistle Challenge is a cross country marathon over some of the most beautiful and wild countryside in England.
The route uses public rights of way with traditional signposts and waymarkers. At key points there will be route marshals and extra route signs in places. Basic navigational skills are necessary. At registration an outline route map with grid references will be provided and a control card that must be punched at compulsory control points. Participants will need to carry their own copy of Ordnance Survey (1: 25000 Explorer map OL43) and a compass.
There are 2 public toilets en route and at the half-way point, in Greenhead Village Hall, there will be a free soup kitchen, warm drinks, additional toilets and a fresh drinking water point. The North of Tyne Search and Rescue Team plans to have a unit on standby throughout the event.
The Challenge for walkers is to complete the course within 11 hours the runners, however, runners will be hand-timed. There are no prizes for the fastest finishers.
At the main control points there will be a trained First-Aider, times will be recorded for safety reasons, and there will be fresh supplies of drinking water.
Full details of the challenge can viewed on the website at www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org. Bookings for the event have now closed online but late entries can be made by contacting Marie Miller, telephone on 01434 321894 (Please leave message on the answerphone if there is no answer) or email email@example.com.
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