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International weekend of walking returns to Wellingborough

Published Tuesday, 09 April 2019

There is still time to sign up for the 40th international Waendel Walk.

The internationally-renowned Waendel Walk will return to Wellingborough on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. Now in its 40th year, this weekend of walking, swimming and entertainment has a long history of fundraising and there’s still time to sign up and take part.

The weekend will kick start at 6pm on Friday 10 May with an opening ceremony and parade at the Castle Theatre plus 5km and 10km friendship walks. The entry fee for these walks is just £1 and includes an exclusive ‘Simba the Lion’ medal for all walkers aged 16 and under.

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May walkers will have the chance to take part in a variety of routes ranging from a gentle 5km to a 42km challenge. The long distance walks on Sunday feature brand new routes and checkpoints for 2019.

The Castle Theatre will host free entertainment all weekend, with performances from the Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre starting at 5.30pm on Friday and talented local musicians on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Chair of the Waendel Walk Working Party, Cllr Malcolm Waters, said: “The 40th International Waendel Walk will provide a whole-host of different routes for people of all ages and abilities. I would encourage anyone who is looking to raise money for charity this spring or get outside and explore our borough to enter now and join in the fun.”

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are working with Parkwood Leisure to offer a number of activities for residents throughout the weekend. Whether you’d like to come along and try out a shorter route or take on a longer challenge, this event will provide something or everyone.”

Some of the walkers taking part in this year’s event include Delapre Primary School which is raising sponsorship for a former pupil.  Miss Cripps, teaching assistant at Delapre Primary School, said: “We are showing our support for former pupil, Sam, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February 2018.  Sam and his family have a long connection with Delapre Primary School. His mum is a former member of staff and all his older siblings attended the school.

“Several members of staff will be walking various distances (ranging from six to 26 miles). All money raised will go directly to the family, in order to help them with the day to day costs of living, here and in Sheffield, where Sam has prolonged hospital stays.

Reduced entry fees are offered to anyone who registers to take part in advance and this will save queuing on the day. For more information and to register online, visit www.castletheatre.co.uk or call 01933 270007.