Raise money for good causes at annual Boundary Walk

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Are you raising money for a charity, club or community group? If so the Rotary Club of Maidenhead has a ready-made fundraising opportunity – its annual Boundary Walk on Sunday, October 2.

Now in its 35th year, the event is open to people of all ages and abilities and allows them to raise money through sponsorship by walking a picturesque 13-mile route around the boundary of the old Maidenhead borough.

All of the organisation and management of the event is done by Rotarians so participants just have to register in advance, collect sponsorship and walk the route.

Walkers set off from Boulters Lock car park in Lower Cookham Road, crossing the river over Maidenhead bridge and following the river bank downstream.

After being ferried back across the river by sea cadets, the route takes them through Bray, Cox Green, Maidenhead Thicket and Pinkneys Green before returning to the start.

The walk is based on an old custom called Beating the Bounds, dating back to medieval times.

The route follows the line of stones installed to mark the town boundary in 1934 – although Maidenhead has now extended well beyond these.

Organiser Rotarian Jim Howles said: “The Boundary Walk offers a ready-made fundraising opportunity for charities and community groups.

“Those taking part simply have to find sponsorship and walk the route. All of the organisation and administration is done by Rotarians including marking the route and manning road crossings, checkpoints and the base at Boulters Lock car park.”

About 400 people usually take part in the walk and the event on average raises £15,000 for a range of charities.

There is an entry fee to help cover the costs including first aid attendance and insurance.

Taking part costs £3 per adult and 50p per child under the age of 12. Registration for groups of 15 or more is just £10 if they register by tomorrow (Friday).

There will also be a trophy for the group with the most walkers.

For more information and to register see www.boundarywalk.org.uk or email Jim at jim.howles@btinternet.com or call him on 07731 522155.

Registration forms are also available from Tony Sheldon Travel in Brock Lane and from Rotarians who will be promoting the event in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday, September 24.

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