Sign up for this year’s Long March

HUNDREDS of walkers are getting ready pull on their boots for the Long March.

The Calderdale event is one of the longest-running charity treks in the UK, dating back to 1966 when several Halifax churches came together to help some of the world’s poorest people.

Now 47 years, thousands of walkers and more than £370,000 in proceeds later, the fund raiser is still going strong.

The march attracts a variety of ages, from 14-year-olds doing their first Long March to those in their 70s like Jerome Sullivan who walked his 10th Long March last year, aged 77.

Mr Sullivan, from Huddersfield, said: “I enjoy walking and I think the Long March is a real challenge. You get addicted to doing it.”

The event takes place on Sunday, April 8, starting and finishing at the YMCA in Halifax town centre

Walkers will leave at 11.30pm and follow a marathon or half-marathon-length walk through the night across Calderdale.

Proceeds go to Christian Aid, who say the £10,000 the organisers hope to raise is the equivalent of making boreholes in 20 villages in Zimbabwe safe again, providing 7,500 people with clean water and preventing future outbreaks of cholera. Application forms for walkers or helpers are available from the Tourist Information Centres in Calderdale or the YMCA in Halifax.