Bridgnorth Lions have announced a major expansion to the Bridgnorth Walk: for the first time, the popular event will include a marathon for runners. The combined event will be known as the Bridgnorth Lions Walk and Marathon and will take place on Monday 27 May, the late spring Bank Holiday.
Runners will leave the High Street at 9am, an hour earlier than walkers, and the fastest are expected to return from the 26.7 mile route shortly after noon. For walkers, the route remains the same, with a 22-mile trail for under 40s, a 20-mile options for over 40s and a seven-mile route in Ditton Priors for children aged nine and over but under 15 on the day of the event.
Bridgnorth Lions’ president Richard Stilwell says, “We see this as a major step forward as we want to continue to look at every opportunity to make these fantastic community events enjoyable for as many groups as possible… competitive runners and competitive walkers as well as those who do the events to have fun and raise money for their favourite charities.
“The Bridgnorth Walk has taken place for more than 50 years and is one of the highlights of the local community calendar, raising more than £100,000 for charity every year. However, since Bridgnorth Lions took over the running of the event we’ve brought it up to date with safety innovations and improvements. The Marathon event will bring added benefits for runners and bring more people to the town.”
Walkers and runners will be able to register on a new Bridgnorth Lions Walk and Marathon website, bridgnorthwalk.org, and the entry fee for walkers will remain the same at £15 (£5 for juniors) while runners will pay £25.
Pictured: Walkers are once again being encouraged to raise money for a charity that's important to them