Nordic walking in Festive Forest Challenge will help raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Runners enjoy the Festive Forest Challenge at West Stow Country Park. ANL-151128-191121009
Runners enjoy the Festive Forest Challenge at West Stow Country Park. ANL-151128-191121009

People are being invited to help chase away the November blues by taking part in a fun fund-raising walk for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Whether you are wearing your favourite Santa suit or that cherished festive jumper feel free to get geared up and join the Festive Forest Challenge.

This involves completing any of three routes through Kings Forest on Saturday November 26.

The event is being organised by Kevin Marshall of Positive Steps Personal Training.

People taking part can sign up to either run, Nordic walk or walk the route through the Forest and this can be over a distance of six, 13 or 20 miles.

Festive dress is not compulsory but there will be some spot prizes on offer.

Kevin, who also organises the 18-mile Bury to Clare walk in aid of the hospice, said: “When I started organising the races I wanted to use the opportunity to fund-raise.

“Having worked for many years with vulnerable people I realise how important it is to ensure that no one dies alone and that families are also supported at this time too. These are the two things that are at the heart of what the hospice does.”

Kevin, a personal trainer, regularly teaches Nordic walking, which uses special poles to add fitness benefits to walking.

This is the fourth year of the challenge and begins at 9am with registration at West Stow Country Park from 7.30am when the gates open.

There is a £2 parking charges and as there are no changing facilities on site people should come dressed ready to take part and also allow for the weather.

Registration costs £20, with £16 donated to the hospice. People can also raise sponsorship if they wish.

To reigister ahead of the day go to www.stnicholashospice.org.uk