Almost 1200 people have registered for the Collas Crill Island Walk this Saturday – and there’s still time to join in!

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Almost 1200 people have registered for the Collas Crill Island Walk this Saturday – and there’s still time to join in!

Nearly 950 people have registered to walk around the coastline of Jersey this Saturday, 21 June.

At 48.1 miles and with the temperature predicted to reach a maximum of 23C, it’s a considerable challenge in aid of local charities. The Main Walk starts at the Elizabeth Terminal at the Harbour at 3am, takes an anti-clockwise path around the Island and finishes at the Waterfront.

Another 250 will be walking alongside the Island’s Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl, in the 12 miles of the LG’s Walk setting off from Le Braye at 1pm. This walk splits the Island into quarters so that people can complete the whole circuit over 4 years.

Collas Crill took over sponsorship of the Island Walk, organised by Rotary de la Manche, from Itex this year. The Island Walk started in 1990 and since then 18,000 walkers have raised £1.8 million for good causes in the Island.

There is still time to join in: Register online at www.ccislandwalk.com before 23.59 this Friday, 20 June.

Anyone making a last minute decision to join in – and every year many do – can go to the Elizabeth Terminal at the Harbour from 1am on Saturday 21 June and sign up ready for the start at 3am. For the Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge, last minute registration is from 12 at Le Braye.

Hundreds of people have also committed to helping out, as they do every year, at Checkpoints around the Island. Several of the charities who will benefit from funds raised in 2014 will also be at the organised stops around the coastline where walkers check in for safety reasons and to get refreshments.

This year new technology is being tested. It may be used in future walks to increase the safety of walkers and enable friends, family and supporters to see where a walker is on the coastal route, which can take as long as 18 hours to complete. Kevin Pamplin, a presenter at BBC Radio Jersey, will be wearing a special piece of kit which communicates with satellite technology to relay his movement around the coastline. You can follow his progress at www.whereskevin.com

The Island Walk is all in aid of Jersey charities. 11 named charities will benefit this year: Age Concern, Les Amis, Jersey Bat Group, Cat Action Trust, Diabetes Jersey, Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, Jersey Mencap, Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, Helping Wings, Ridout House and the 3rd Jersey Scout Group.

Anyone not walking or helping out at the walk is encouraged to support those who are. An online sponsorship page has been set up at https://race-nation.com/donate/10

Collas Crill’s senior partner in Guernsey, Chris Bound, is ‘doing the double’. Having already walked around Guernsey in the Saffery Champness Rotary Island Walk two weeks ago, he is now preparing to walk around Jersey too.

He said: “The Island Walk is a fantastic community effort – hundreds of people take part, hundreds help out and hundreds more benefit from the money raised, as every penny is distributed to charity. I am delighted that Collas Crill is involved with this great tradition and I look forward to setting off early on Saturday morning!”

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