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Walkers invited to put best foot forward for Sunderland Big Walk
6:07pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
WALKERS have been invited to put their best foot forward for causes close to their heart at the Sunderland Big Walk.
The final big event for 2013, the Sunderland Big Walk on Sunday, September 22, follows the Big mini fun-run and the Sunderland Big ride, both of which attracted hundreds of entries earlier this year.
Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, Councillor John Kelly, said: “This year the Sunderland Big Walk begins at the iconic National Glass Centre on the banks of the Wear.
“The walk is a fantastic, inexpensive and healthy opportunity for the people of the Sunderland to have a great day and enjoy beautiful scenery.
"Anyone taking part can also use the event to raise sponsorship if they wish for their chosen cause, whether it is a large well-known charity or their local community group.
“This year there are two routes, a 6.5 mile walk ending at Washington Wetlands Centre and an 11.5 mile walk which ends at the top of Penshaw Hill.”
Working closely with partners from the National Trust, this year the longer route finishes with a challenging climb to the top of Penshaw Hill.
Gareth Wilson, area ranger from The National Trust said: "With outstanding views across Durham, Sunderland and right down to the sea, Penshaw is a fantastic place to end the challenging but fun 11.5 mile route."
The monument was built in 1844 and is dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham and the first Governor of the Province of Canada.
After the Big Walk all walkers get a medal and a goody bag. A free shuttle bus service takes walkers back from both finishing venues to the car parks at the National Glass Centre, where the Brassiere will have a special walkers’ menu.
For more information and an application call into any Wellness Centre or visit www.activesunderland.org.uk.
Closing date for entries Friday September 13.
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