Nearly 400 walkers are gearing up for the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk, which takes place this coming Saturday (7 June).
Organisers are keen to remind people that, despite walkers being unable to now sign up online people are still able to register on the day at the White Hart in St Peter Port from 4.30 a.m.
Route Isabelle veterinary surgery has recruited a team of 12 to undertake the 39 mile challenge.
David Jeffrey, Gill Jeffery, Sophie Veron, Lorraine Allen, Aimee Davies, Josh Chaloner, James Taylor, Hannah Padley, Steve Ford, Sarah Heathcote, Cheryl Gillingham-Le Cloarec and Paul Heathcote have been busy training in advance of the event.
Mr Jeffery, veterinary surgeon and director of the surgery, said: “After having undertaken the walk in 2013 with CCD architects I thought that it was a brilliantly organised event that was great for teams and a true, personal trial for the individual while raising money for local charities. We run Isabelle Vets with an inclusive ‘family feel’ and on talking with my colleagues several of them were keen to have their partners involved. It slightly snowballed beyond the initial six that I had anticipated!”
Walkers start in St Peter Port at the Weighbridge at 4.30 a.m. and walk south for a mile before ascending up onto the cliff paths. Some 17.8 miles later they return to sea level and the coastal path of the west coast where the course remains flat for the remainder of the walk.
There are eight checkpoints along the route where refreshments, first aid and food are provided. This year walkers will also get an extra boost when they hit the final mile with the Saffery Support Station, which will be positioned outside the company’s offices on Les Banques.
David Mortimer, chairman of the organising committee, said that, despite being slightly down on the numbers at the moment compared with previous years, he is really pleased with the uptake so far.
“Our main focus is that we raise as much money for our chosen charities as possible. We have a record number of nine community projects that we are supporting this year and therefore I urge our walkers to try to get as much sponsorship as they can,”
The selected charity projects for 2014 are: Autism Guernsey, Cardiac Action Group, CLIC Sargent Guernsey, Guernsey Bereavement Services, Guernsey Cancer Support, Headway Guernsey, the Guernsey Neurological Concern Society, Trinity Church and Vale Primary School PTA.