The Haltwhistle Challenge – a 26-mile cross country event – is set for May 19. The Challenge is for walkers to complete the course within 11 hours whilst runners will be hand-timed.
The challenge starts and finishes in Haltwhistle and takes advantage of the varied scenery to the north and south of the town. It includes a section along the Hadrian’s Wall footpath, an exposed moorland part of the Pennine Way and a crossing of the much photographed Lambley Viaduct before a low level return past Featherstone Castle along the South Tyne valley. The event takes place during lambing time, so no dogs are allowed.
Situated in the heart of the Roman Wall country, Haltwhistle is an ideal location for ‘off road’ distance runners and walkers who like a challenge in outstanding landscapes.The route uses public rights of way with traditional signposts and way markers.
At key points there will be route marshals and extra course signs. Basic navigational skills are necessary and all starters will be provided with route descriptions and a control card that must be punched at compulsory control points.At the main controls there will be a trained first-aider, intermediate times will be taken for safety reasons and also essential fresh supplies of drinking water will be available.
There are two public toilets en-route and at half-way, in Greenhead Village Hall, there will be a free soup kitchen, warm drinks, additional toilets and fresh water. The North of Tyne Search and Rescue Team will have a unit on standby throughout the event. There are numerous opportunities for overnight stays locally – B&Bs, Youth Hostels, local camping sites and hotels. For more details contact the Haltwhistle Tourist Information Centre on 01434 322022.
The are a total of 300 spaces available for the event with a limited 100 places for runners. Note there are no prizes for the fastest finishers. For more information about the event visit the Haltwhistle Walking Festival website on www.haltwhistle.org where on line registration for the event is available. For other enquiries telephone 01434 321894 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org