Once again it’s time to register for the annual LUMPS 20 mile, 20 pub walk.
And for Longridge Unaffiliated Mountaineering and Peregrination Society, this is a very special year, as it is the 20th such walk.
The date of the event is Saturday, June 22, and the registration nights will take place at Longridge’s Alston Arms, at 8pm on April 15, 22 and 29.
Organisers say registering this early may seem a little strange, but as this year is the 20th such event, it requires some extra organising.
The intention is to raise more money than any of the previous walks which should hopefully take the total raised over the years to more than £100,000.
Three worthy causes have been chosen by LUMPS to benefit from this year’s walk - local sports clubs Longridge Cricket Club and Longridge Hockey Club and also Help for Heroes.
Entry will be £20 per person (under 18s £10) and included in this will be the usual documentation plus a T-shirt as a memento of this special occasion.
LUMPS encourages entrants to reach their own goal through sponsorship or donation, but neither are compulsory and because three good causes have been chosen, everyone is asked to choose for themselves which (or all) of the three they would like to collect for, or donation to.
LUMPS is a voluntary, non-profit making club, so all proceeds go to the chosen cause. The usual facilities at the Alston Arms will be available before and after the event including food, live entertainment from the Rockits and free camping on the neighbouring Longridge Town football ground.
Members of LUMPS say they look forward to meeting both experienced and novice entrants at the registration evenings, but stress it is necessary to sign up in person, as a valid signature is required from all taking part.
An exception to this is entrants may sign up for other members of their family with a counter signature.
For those not familiar with the LUMPS walk, many good causes and charities have benefited over the years, with last year’s walk raising more than £11,182 for Ronald McDonald House at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
This brought the total, to date, to in the region of £91,000.