Friday 20 September sees the return of probably the biggest and best loved sponsored walk ever held in Tameside – the Willow Wood Midnight Wander.
As any of the thousands of local people who’ve taken part will testify, the atmosphere has always been amazing; it’s as much a great night out as it is a fundraiser for the Hospice. Whether you’re walking as a family or with friends you’ll join the cheers as the countdown reaches midnight and the walk begins.
It’s 10k, or around 6 miles but the other walkers will keep your spirits up all the way around the route which starts and finishes at Astley Sports Village. There are no age restrictions this year so if your children want to walk with you, they’ll be very welcome. And of course, men and boys can join in too.
There’ll be a real party atmosphere at the Sports Village with music, refreshments, face painters and merchandise. As always, there’ll be a mass warm up before the walk to ensure everyone is raring to go. And when walkers return to the centre they’ll be presented with a specially designed medal and a very welcome hot breakfast bap.
T shirts are also included in the registration fee; pink of course. And we’re expecting to see plenty of pink accessories as well – feather boas, tutus and Stetsons are always popular additions to the Wanderers outfits!
If you’d like to be involved in this fantastic fundraiser but don’t feel you could take part in the walk itself, Willow Wood do need volunteers for the event, particularly marshals along the route. Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “Our volunteer marshals are essential to the success of the Midnight Wander. Positioned at strategic points, they can direct the walkers, stop traffic to allow them to cross the road, and be our eyes and ears along the route.”
“If you’d like more information about volunteering on the day please contact me on: email@example.com or 0161 330 7788. And if you’d like to register for the Midnight Wander just go to www.willowwood.info and register online – it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s totally secure.”
Photo: The very first Midnight Wander begins.