Tuesday 1st May 2012
Keen walkers who are looking for a challenge with a difference are being urged to join the 31-mile dawn-until-dusk Worcestershire Way Walk.
More than 70 people have already signed up for the June 22 event which attracts walkers from across the country.
The route will see participants starting from Bewdley at 6am and walking until they reach Malvern.
Last year, walkers raised about £25,000 to support St Richard's Hospice, a Worcestershire hospice, which cares for patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Malvern businessman Eugenio Grandi is among those who have registered. Eugenio and his eight-strong team are raising money in memory of his late wife Marilyn, a yoga teacher, who died a year ago.
He said: "We all realise just how much St Richard's relies on donations and will do all we can to try and continue to support their wonderful work.
"My feelings, and that of my children, towards St Richard's, even with our terrible loss, is nothing but complete gratitude for the loving care that Marilyn and our whole family received. We are just happy to be putting something back after having received so much."
Event organiser Rachel Jones, from St Richard's, said: "Although not for the faint hearted, keen walkers will revel in this opportunity to explore one of the best routes in Britain."
There is no registration fee, but walkers are asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.