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  1. Rock Pound the Bounds Registration Open

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    Registration for the popular Worcestershire walking/running event Rock Pound the Bounds is now open. Taking place on Sunday 4th May 2014, Rock Pound the Bounds offers walkers and runners of all ages and abilities a great opportunity to exercise amongst parts of Worcestershire’s beautiful countryside. The event also enables participants to raise much-needed funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Starting from the village hall in Rock near Kidderminster, entrants can join the 25, 18, 12, nine or six mile walks; for youngsters who want to get involved, there’s a three mile treasure trail.

    Henk Buzink, one of the organisers of Rock Pound the Bounds, said, “This is the fourteenth year we’ve organised the event and the third time we’ve teamed up with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity to organise the Pound the Bounds. No matter if you’re an experienced rambler or are just looking to increase the amount of walking you do, our event is a great way to enjoy a walk and fundraise for charity.”

    Registration and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the Pound the Bounds website. To find out more about the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit


  2. Are You Up To the NSPCC HACK hiking challenge?

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    It’s time to pull on some hiking boots and take to the hills to help end cruelty to children in the UK. The NSPCC’s HACKs (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) are taking place across the UK and the charity is looking for people who want a real physical challenge to sign up to take part.

    The HACKs range from 10 to 25 miles and will take place during September in five locations across the UK – Buxton, London, Devon, Northern Ireland and Shropshire – raising vital funds to support the NSPCC’s projects and services for vulnerable children including ChildLine which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

    Rachel Case, NSPCC Head of Community Fundraising, said, “Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep fit campaign, and taking part is an amazing challenge and experience. The HACK will be a fabulous day out in the great outdoors and a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support its projects and services to help vulnerable children and families across the UK. Why not sign up with a group of friends or colleagues and make it a real team challenge?”


    HACKs are taking place in the following locations:

    • Buxton High Peak HACK – Saturday 1 September

    • London HACK – Saturday 15 September

    • Mournes HACK – Saturday 15 September

    • Devon HACK – Sunday 16 September

    • Shropshire HACK – Saturday 22 September


    The HACK challenge can be great fun, but is hard work. The walks are a demanding physical challenge and the NSPCC recommends people who register undertake some training beforehand. There will be checkpoints and marshals on routes, with radio contact between all checkpoints and the control centre. The terrain is very varied and the weather conditions can change quickly, so suitable walking boots, clothing and accessories, such as a rucksack, are recommended for all walkers. Check out the training tips section on the NSPCC website at for more information or to register for your nearest HACK.

    The HACK is open to people aged 18 years and over (people aged 16 to 18 years may be eligible for some walks – check website for details). Pets are permitted on some of the walks (see website for further details). The registration fee is £10 for the shorter walks and £20 for the longer walks. Once registration is complete, entrants will receive a walker’s pack outlining their start time and giving further details of the route. Participants can then begin collecting sponsorship pledges from friends, family and colleagues.

    Photo credit: John Challicom

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