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Can You ‘HACK IT' this May in the Lake District?

Published: 10th April 2012 10:46

Helen Herbert launches the Lake District HACKThe NSPCC's HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) is taking place for the first time in the Lake District and the children's charity is looking for local people who want a real physical challenge to sign up to take part.

Today Helen Herbert, NSPCC fundraising manager for Cumbria, launched the Lake District HACK - a 20 mile challenge walk on Sunday 27 May 2012.

The route begins and ends in Pooley Bridge and rambles through the fells surrounding Ullswater, taking participants along one of the most scenic routes in the Lake District.

Helen Herbert said: "Stunning views and a fabulous day in the great outdoors await participants of our Lake District HACK. Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep fit campaign, and taking part is an amazing challenge and experience. The HACK is a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support its projects and services in Cumbria and across the UK. Why not sign up with a group of friends or colleagues and make it a real team challenge?"

The HACK challenge can be great fun, but is hard work. A 20 mile walk is a demanding physical challenge, and the NSPCC recommends people who register undertake some training beforehand. Average walkers should complete the walk comfortably within 11-12 hours with more experienced faster walkers aiming to complete the walk within eight to nine hours.

There will be checkpoints and marshals along the route, with radio contact between all checkpoints and the control centre. The terrain is very varied and the weather conditions can change quickly, so suitable walking boots, clothing and accessories, such as a rucksack, are recommended for all walkers. Check out the training tips section on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/hack for more information.

The HACK is open to people aged 18 years and over. Well behaved dogs are permitted and must be kept on leads for some parts of the route. The registration fee is £20. For further details, online registrations and payments, please log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/hack or contact the Cumbria NSPCC fundraising office on 07976065305 or email lakedistricthack@nspcc.org.uk . The final registration date is 14 May 2012.

Once the registration is complete, entrants will receive a walker's pack outlining their start time and giving further details of the route. Participants can then begin collecting sponsorship pledges from friends, family and colleagues.

You can make a £4 donation to the NSPCC in Cumbria by texting CUMBRIA to 70744.

Texts cost £4 plus one standard message charge. The NSPCC will receive between £3.75 and £3.99 depending on your mobile operator. Please ensure you have the bill payer's permission. By using this service you agree to being contacted by the NSPCC by telephone or SMS.

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