Walkers needed to help keep long-standing tradition alive

People are being recruited to dust down their walking boots to help keep a long-standing tradition alive while raising cash for charity.  Organisers of the Christian Aid Walk, are hoping to recruit 100 walkers to join them for the sponsored half marathon stroll across the East Hertfordshire countryside on Saturday, May 12 at 9 AM - 6 PM, Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, SG12 0UQ Ware.

Since it began in the 1960’s, the annual walk has raised more than £500,000 to support the work of Christian Aid.  Lisa Drage, CEO of Hertford-based NHS recruitment company, Evergood Associates, took on the role as chairperson of the charity and walk committee after its existence was threatened last year.

She said: “This will be the 52nd walk. It was going to end last year as previously it had become a full marathon and had to be fully marshaled with more than 150 volunteers involved, which had become increasingly more difficult to manage and it was decided to fold the walk.

“I became involved as I have taken part on and off since I was at school and I wanted to make sure the next generation of walkers had the chance to experience the walk.

“We hope everyone will join us in this 21k/14-mile re-invented challenge.”  The event, which starts and ends at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware.

Lisa added: "The first East Herts" Christian Aid Sponsored Walk took place in the 1960s when people had never heard of the concept of sponsorship.  “It took place at night and gradually built up in popularity with many schoolchildren and their teachers taking part as well as many adults. The area of churches taking part spread to Ware and then to Broxbourne and over the years has raised over £500,000 pounds for Christian Aid.

“The focus of Christian Aid Week this year is Internally Displaced People and money raised will be used to provide life-saving new homes to poor communities at risk from disasters"

Register now on our TAKE ACTION page to take part and help keep tradition alive.

Churches wanting to take part are asked to email