Walkers urged to step out for NSPCC

WALKING enthusiasts are being urged to put their best foot forward and sign up for this year’s NSPCC HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) which takes place in the Mourne Mountains.

The hike was launched recently by former Miss Northern Ireland Jenny Curran and NSPCC community fundraising manager Karen Walker.

“Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep-fit campaign and taking part is an amazing challenge and experience,” said Karen. “The HACK will be a fabulous day out in the grea outdoors and a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support its projects and services in Northern Ireland and across the U.K.”

The event takes place on Saturday, 15th September, and walkers can choose from either a 12-mile or 20-mile route.

Now in its fourth year, the NSPCC Hack welcomes SPAR as its title sponsor for the 2012 event.

There will be checkpoints and marshals on route, with radio contact between all checkpoints and the control centre. The terrain is varied and weather conditions can change quickly, so suitable walking boots, clothing and accessories, such as a rucksack, are recommended.

Check out the training tips section on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/hack for more information. Registration fee is £20 for the 20-mile challenge and £10 for the 12-mile challenge.

For further details and online registrations and payments, please log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/mourneshack or contact the Northern Ireland NSPCC Fundraising office on 028 90 351135. Final registration date is 30 August.