Around 100 hikers expected to raise cash for rescuers

The Cheviots are the venue for BSARU's walk, with Hownam Law in the background
The Cheviots are the venue for BSARU's walk, with Hownam Law in the background

Search and rescue volunteers are hoping the weather is fine for their major fundraiser of the year at the weekend.

The Border Search and Rescue Unit is holding a sponsored walk on Sunday (October 5) to raise money to cover some of its annual running costs of around £25,000.

Walk secretary Kim Forsyth said: “It’s our main fundraising activity of the year, so we put a lot of team time, effort and resource into it and have been preparing for it for the last few months.”
 The event usually attracts about 100 walkers.

Kim continued: “It can be popular with school groups doing D of E as it offers a nice, supervised environment for teachers taking teenagers out – often for their first time – on a hill.

“I think people do it for different reasons – some regular walking groups like the challenging routes we prepare, some like the banter and chat with the team at various checkpoints.

“I reckon quite a few use it to challenge themselves with a bigger walk than they’d usually attempt if they’re not too confident being by themselves on the hill, or with their own navigational abilities – it’s hard, but not impossible, to get lost, but if you do get lost we’ll come and find you.

“Some local folk never go walking on their own doorstep, and are surprised to find out how interesting and accessible the walks are in the Cheviots.”

Based at Hownam, route designer and team member, Damon Rodwell, has come up with new challenges, with a 7km route for families which takes in a fort and standing stones, while the 18km route for walkers and 28km one for experienced walkers and runners includes long stretches on a ridge with views into Northumberland.

All three routes are well marked and marshalled. For more information, visit www.bordersar.org.uk