Less than two weeks until Spires and Steeples Challenge begins

Walkers on the Spires and Steeples Challenge route. EMN-160410-145919001
Walkers on the Spires and Steeples Challenge route. EMN-160410-145919001

It is now less than two weeks to go until this year’s Spires and Steeples Challenge – a charity walking or running event from Lincoln to Sleaford.

Taking place on Sunday October 16, the Spires and Steeples Challenge is a 26 or 13 mile run or walk testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line; it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, solidarity, and accomplishing something truly great.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s challenge,” says Events Manager Donna Sutton. “Our numbers steadily increase each year but we want a real to push for more this year especially as we start to prepare for the 10th anniversary next year.”

Starting in Lincoln, the route follows the Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail, an off road trail that follows way-marked public footpaths and bridleways crossing open fields and countryside lanes, finishing at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.

The Challenge is in aid of WheelPower which provides sports wheelchairs, training and support to disabled people. Participants are also welcome to raise funds for their own respective charities.

“We see a great number of charities represented during the challenge,” continues Donna. “They range from cancer support to animal protection and we encourage participants to raise as much money as possible. Participants also enter in groups which great to see as it creates more awareness of their chosen charities.”

Entries cost £18 per person for the 26 mile run/walk and £15 per person for the 13 mile run/walk.

Participants must be 16 years and over to enter the 26 mile run, however anyone aged 14-15 years may enter the 26 mile walk or 13 mile walk/run but must be accompanied by an adult.

To enter online, visit www.runnersworld.co.uk/spiresandsteeples2016.

There will be a small admin charge. For telephone entries call 01522 694353 and the events team will take your booking over the phone – this is a free service. Postal entries are also available and can be found on the Spires and Steeples Challenge Facebook group or by visiting www.1life.co.uk/SpiresandSteeplesChallenge.

For more information about the Challenge contact the events manager, Donna Sutton on 01522 694353 or email Donna.Sutton@1life.co.uk.