Bassetlaw Bash Challenge Event 2013
A second running of this event in rural North Nottinghamshire in support of Bassetlaw Hospice will take place on Sunday 21st April 2013. The event takes in the attractive and varied scenery of North Nottinghamshire including scenic and interesting lengths of the Chesterfield Canal, the rolling hills and strawberry fields around North Wheatley, the extensive wildlife and bird reserves in the flooded gravel pits of the Idle valley and it also passes through several attractive villages.. The event has distances of 5 & 10 miles for the family walks and 20 & 25 miles for the challenge events. Refreshments in the form of both food and drink will be provided at several checkpoints. A certificate will be presented to all successful entrants and a commemorative badge will also be available for purchase. The start will be from the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre - off the A638 to the north of Retford, between Retford & Barnby Moor (GR.SK689832) Registration from 7.30am to start at 8.30 for the 20 & 25 mile routes and at 10.30 for the 10 & 6 mile routes. Entry is £10.00 / £5.00 for under 16's onthe longer routes and £5.00 / £2.50 for under 16's on the 6 mile route. Runners are welcome on this event. Entries on the day are welcome and do not attract an increased entry fee! Additional sponsorship for the benefit of Bassetlaw Hospice would be welcomed.
Bassetlaw Hospice and Vermuyden Group would wish to extend a very sincere thank you to all who entered the "Bash" and made it a very worthwhile and successful event in raising much needed funds for the Hospice. A total of 170 walkers and runners entered the event and came from as far afield as Dorset and Tyne & Wear.
Copy of an article submitted by the Hospice for publication in the "Retford Times"
Frank Lawson and Dave Newbould from the Vermuyden South Yorkshire Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association presented a cheque for £1511.00 to Helen Eshelby and Ian Hall from Bassetlaw Hospice. The money was raised by organising the ‘Bassetlaw Bash’ a challenge walk covering various distances around Bassetlaw, starting and finishing from Idle Valley.
Helen Eshelby, Events Co-coordinator said; ‘We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Vermuyden Group, who have been fantastic in planning the routes and all the administration for the event. We are still collecting sponsorship money from people but the total raised is already in excess of £2000.00, so we are thrilled with the result.’
The final total raised raised by the event in entries and sponsorship was in excess of £3000! - So a massive thank you to all concerned - walkers, runners, support volunteers and sponsors.