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Settle to host Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival
10:00am Monday 12th August 2013 in News
Settle will once again host the Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival.
Now in its third year, the event – which takes place on Sunday – has special significance for the town.
Jane, who raised more than £1.75 million for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, was married to local man Mike Tomlinson.
“Settle will always be a special place for my family,” he said at the festival’s launch.
“I’m always moved on event day to see so many people filling the market place and then setting off for a great day’s walking.
“We always wanted to do a mass participation walk and this was the first one we launched. I’m still blown away by the support it has had from day one and I think this year will be even bigger and better than before.”
About 1,500 competitors are expected, with a choice of 28-mile, 14-mile and five-mile routes, starting and finishing from Settle Rugby Club.
All take in spectacular scenery and the longer two options also include a climb up Malham Cove.
Northern Rail is putting on extra trains from Leeds to Settle for walkers, with all the proceeds being donated to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which in turn shares funds, primarily, between children’s and cancer charities.
This year’s partner charities include Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Diabetes UK, Heart Research UK, Epilepsy Action, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK, Arthritis UK and Vasculitis UK.
Entry fees start at £8 per person and registration is available on the website walkforall.com.
There are special discounts for groups and families.
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