Walkers stroll on to success

Stanage Stumble in aid of childrens charity Home-Start'walkers on the 25 mile walk in the peak district
Stanage Stumble in aid of childrens charity Home-Start'walkers on the 25 mile walk in the peak district
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The splendour of Peak District countryside in the spring sunshine brought walkers from far afield – to join a charity challenge being held for a 10th time.

The Stanage Stumble set off from outside Whirlow Park and involved walks of 12, 17 or 25 miles across the moorland along Stanage Edge to Redmires before participants returned to the HSBC sports ground at Dore.

Around 135 people took part in the event, raising money for the Sheffield branch of the Home-Start charity which helps struggling families.

Most people walked around the course - but some ran the route.

David Jepson, one of the organisers, said: “The walk is primarily a distance challenge event and the route is quite tough.

“We have also always supported a local charity.

“There’s interest in the Stumble from far and wide – we’ve had people taking part from as far as London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Peterborough, as well as plenty of local walkers wanting to have a go.”

The first Stumble was held in 1995 and the walk took place annually until 2001, when it had to stop due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which caused problems with access to the moors.

“The event wasn’t resurrected again until 2009, when the Stumble restarted in its current form, so this is our 10th,” Mr Jepson said.

The Stanage Stumble has been raising money for Home-Start since it was relaunched – and organisers hope to collect at least £1,000 from this year’s event.

In previous years other charities including Sheffield Children’s Hospital have benefited.

Home-Start has a network of volunteers with parenting experience offering support to parents struggling to cope due to isolation, bereavement, illness or disability.

n To volunteer, call 0114 2788377.