Peak District charity mountain challenge welcomes walkers

Aerial pictures shows the beautiful snow covered Hope Valley in the Peak District.''Paul Haxby /
Aerial pictures shows the beautiful snow covered Hope Valley in the Peak District.''Paul Haxby /

This New Year’s Day Severn Trent Water’s Mountain Challenge organisers are welcoming entries to support under-privileged communities in Ethiopia.

Registered teams will stride out on Saturday, July 11, to raise money to help support WaterAid’s life saving work in Ethiopia and can enter from January 1, 2015.

In its 22nd year, the Mountain Challenge offers teams the chance to walk 10, 20 or 30 miles in the Peak District.

Starting at Hope Valley College, participants travel across the Dark Peak area, enjoying spectacular views and exhilarating inclines before descending back through Edale to the College for refreshments and a prize giving ceremony.

Because the challenge takes place in July, there’s plenty of time to get fit and turn resolutions into reality.

Teams are made up of three-to-six walkers, who must aim to raise at least £200 or more.

Those who sign up before the end of March can take advantage of an ‘Early Bird’ offer, which means that registration is just £20 per person before 1 April 2015. After that, it’s £25 per person.

Severn Trent Water’s community and volunteering manager, Leanne Town, said: “We’re asking motivated teams to make a great start to 2015, by signing up to take part in our Mountain Challenge. The money raised for WaterAid will help people in Ethiopia, who struggle to get access to clean, fresh, drinking water because it is one of the poorest countries in the world.

“In its 22nd year, the Mountain Challenge continues to raise a huge amount of money for this deserving cause. In 2014, teams raised over £40,000 helping more than 33,000 people take their first steps out of poverty.

“We’re hoping to make 2015 the biggest year yet. As part of this, we’re awarding trophies to the fastest teams whose members each raise at least £22 on their personal WaterAid fundraising pages before Sunday 5 July 2015. So we’d encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to start raising money before the big day.”

By taking part in the Severn Trent Water Mountain Challenge, the money raised will fund projects that provide clean, safe water close to people’s homes and a hygienic place to go to the toilet. Teams must include two adults who will be aged 18 or over on 12 July 2015.