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Take on the NSPCC HACK Challenge Walk!


The NSPCC ‘s HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) is back for the third year, and this time walkers from across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to sign up and take on the beautiful Mourne Mountains.

Sponsored this year by Wade Training, the 20 mile Mournes HACK - one of eleven HACKs across the UK this year - will take place on 17 September 2011. The route traces its way through one of Northern Ireland's most popular areas of natural beauty where walkers will be able to take in stunning view of the coast, sea and countryside as they make their way by forest, loughs, rivers and bogs.

Jim Gallagher from Wade Training, based in Craigavon, Newry, Armagh and Down, said: “There’s no time like the present for taking on new challenges, and the 2011 Mournes HACK is no exception. Personal achievement comes in all shapes and sizes, and this year’s walk is a great opportunity to test your mettle and enjoy a fantastic day out!

“We are delighted to support the NSPCC in their efforts to make a real difference for vulnerable local children. Given that the NSPCC’s activities rely heavily on fundraising events such as this, we would urge everyone with the energy and enthusiasm to take up this very worthwhile and rewarding challenge!”

Karen Walker, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep fit campaign, and is an amazing challenge and experience. The HACK will be a fabulous day out in the great outdoors and a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support its projects and services in Northern Ireland and across the UK.”

The HACK challenge can be great fun, but is hard work. A 20 mile walk is a demanding physical challenge, and the NSPCC recommends people who register, undertake some training before hand.  Average walkers should complete the walk comfortably within 12 hours with more experienced, faster walkers aiming to complete the walk within eight hours.

There will be checkpoints and marshals on route, with radio contact between all checkpoints and the control centre. The terrain is very varied and the weather conditions can change quickly, so suitable walking boots, clothing and accessories, such as a rucksack, are recommended for all walkers. Check out the training tips section on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/hack for more information.

The HACK is open to people aged 18 years and over. No pets are permitted. Once registration is complete, entrants will receive a walker’s pack outlining their start time and giving further details of the route. Participants can then begin collecting sponsorship pledges from friends, family and colleagues.

Karen added: "There's no better time to dig out your hiking boots and take to the hills to help end cruelty to children in Northern Ireland."

The registration fee is £20. For further details and online registrations and payments, please log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/hack  or contact the Northern Ireland NSPCC fundraising office on 028 90 35 7970 or by emailing hackni@nspcc.org.uk. Final registration date is 3 September 2011.


For further information please contact Emma Stewart at the NSPCC NI press office on 07779010219 or email estewart@nspcc.org.uk.

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