Stepping Out or Cycling Away

24th April 2009

All In A Good Cause

Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy, and if you can do it in aid of a favourite charity, then so much the better – that’s your emotional and spiritual well-being taken care of too. Here are three opportunities to stride out this spring, plus a two-wheeled fund-raising event; after all, cycling is another ‘wheely good’ way of getting fit… So, best foot forward, whichever you choose.

Fit For Life

To raise much needed funds Arthritis Care Watford & District Branch has organised a Sponsored Walk in Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods on Sunday 10 May. Take family and friends with you and enjoy one of the walks together.

The main walk in the surrounding countryside is about 5 miles long and the short walk is a 1.5 mile wheelchair/ pushchair friendly stroll along the canal.

Meet at Gade Avenue Car Park entrance to Cassiobury Park, at 10am. For further information contact 01923 245243.

A Race To Keep Little Hearts Pumping

Get your heart racing and help keep 500 little hearts per year pumping at Great Ormond Street Hospital by taking part in their Children’s Charity’s Festival of Running on Sunday 7 June at Battersea Park to help raise funds for a new heart and lung bypass machine.

The Festival of Running takes place from 9:45am till noon and is designed for every ability and age… In addition to a 5k run, there will be a traditional family sports day with egg and spoon races and sack races, 100m runs for children (under 5, 5-7, 8-10), and a 500m run for 8-13s. There are also roving entertainers, face-painting, goodie bags and plenty of refreshments to keep participants and supporters on their toes between the races.

Email challenges@gosh.org or contact the charity’s Challenge Events team on 020 7239 3164. Registration fees are £15 for the 5k run, and £8 for Sports Day entrance.

Go The ‘Extra Mile’

Age Concern and Help the Aged, newly joined together as one organisation, ask you to go the ‘extra mile’ during the week of Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May, to help generate vital funds for disadvantaged older people.

The Big Spring Walk will see people across the UK logging how far they walk that week, whether it’s pounding the pavements to get to work, walking the children to school, or totting up the miles on a treadmill at the gym. Participants are encouraged to secure sponsorship for every mile they complete on foot.

Alternatively, people can attend one of a range of organised walks, including the flagship event which kicks off the week in London’s Hyde Park on 10 May. There will be refreshments and entertainment at the London event (even a live samba band at the finishing line) to create a jolly day for everyone.

All money raised via The Big Spring Walk will go to funding the work of Age Concern and Help the Aged, including helping to combat poverty among disadvantaged older people.

For further info and a free walking pack, contact The Big Spring Walk hotline on 020 7239 1922, visit www.helptheaged.org.uk/walk or text WALK to 82100.

Wheels In Motion

Cyclists from around the country will take to the streets of London on Sunday 31 May for The Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride. Over 2,000 riders will take part in this fundraising event which follows the River Thames over 14 bridges, from Tower Bridge to Hampton Court – a fantastic opportunity to embrace the city from a new perspective.

The event has gone from strength to strength over the last 13 years. Cyclists experience an exhilarating 33 mile bike ride and, at the end, are invited to stay on along with friends and family, at Hurst Park near Hampton Court to enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment of live music, food and a stunt bike display.”

To take part or volunteer at the event, email nationalevents@stroke.org.uk or contact the National Events Team at The Stroke Association on 020 7566 0311. Alternatively visit www.stroke.org.uk/thamesbridges and register online.

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