Posted: Mon 27th Mar 2023

Enjoy the great outdoors with 100km walking challenge for Wales Air Ambulance

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 27th, 2023

Do you have a spring in your step now that that the days are starting to get lighter, and the weather is beginning to get milder? ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If so, the Wales Air Ambulance has just the challenge to help kickstart your motivation and fitness this spring as well as giving you the excuse to spend more time enjoying the great Welsh outdoors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Following on from the success of previous years, the charity is inviting people to take part in its annual fundraiser, Walk Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to walk, jog or run 100km throughout May, while raising money for the lifesaving charity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Walk Wales 100km (62 miles) is a virtual event and works out to be just over 3km or 2 miles each day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Whether you put your best foot forward and pound the pavements around your local area, take in the sea air along the coast, challenge yourself to climb the rugged Welsh mountains or walk 100km on a treadmill, you can clock up the steps in variety of ways. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The challenge will take place during May and entry is free. However, participants are encouraged to fundraise. Walkers who raise a minimum of £100 will receive a bespoke Walk Wales medal for their efforts. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Last year, around 290 people of all ages, put on their walking shoes to raise an incredible £33,313. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the last three years the successful Walk Wales event has raised nearly £90,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The charity needs to raise £8 million every year to keep its helicopters flying and its rapid response vehicles on the road. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tracey Ann Breese, Events and Partnership Fundraiser, said: “The Wales Air Ambulance is delighted to give participants a chance to take part again in our Walk Wales event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“For the past three years the fundraiser has been hugely successful, and it has raised close on to £90,000. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are kindly asking our supporters to put on their walking or running shoes and take part once again in this year’s challenge, to walk 100km throughout the month of May. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It is the perfect fundraiser for everyone, including families, and is a great way to boost your health and wellbeing while raising funds for our lifesaving Charity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Fundraisers, like Walk Wales, enable us to serve the people of Wales and save lives, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Are you up for the challenge, if so, then get your walking boots on and sign up via the Walk Wales Facebook Group or you can fundraise via Just Giving. For more information on Walk Wales 2023 click here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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