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Local celebrity adventurer backs NSPCC HACK


Graham Little, television presenter and globe-trotting adventurer, is encouraging thse people of Northern Ireland to take on the NSPCC HACK – Hike Against Cruelty to Kids - through the magnificent Mournes.

Sponsored this year by Wade Training, the 20 mile Mournes HACK - one of eleven HACKs across the UK in 2011 - will take place on 17 September. 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.

While Graham is renowned for his amazing adventures across the globe – including a world amateur championship title in elephant polo – he believes the NSPCC’s annual HACK is still a worthy challenge: 

“It’s a great honour to help the NSPCC launch this year’s hiking challenge in the Mournes, and I would encourage anyone with a love of the great outdoors to get involved.

“For challenge-seekers this is a perfect opportunity to try something new. We are very fortunate to have such stunning countryside across Northern Ireland, and this year’s HACK offers a great opportunity to get out and about in the magnificent Mournes, meet new people and do something great for vulnerable local children.

“As an enthusiast of just about every sport going, I am delighted to support this highly successful annual event. Now the only question is, can you HACK it?!”

In rounding up local support for this year’s hike, Graham has some useful suggestions for those taking part:

“Much as this will be a fun, social event, it’s really important that you train for this type of long distance walk. I would advise a good mix of exercise during the summer months, and trial walks over similar distances.

“Preparation is key, from eating plenty of high-energy food in the week leading up to the walk, to ensuring that your boots are well worn-in, comfortable and waterproof.  While there’s no need for specialist equipment, I would suggest wearing lightweight, loose fitting trousers or walking trousers, plenty of layers and a waterproof coat.

“After that, it’s just a matter of getting out there and enjoying yourself!”

The HACK is an amazing challenge experience in the great outdoors which offers a valuable opportunity to support NSPCC projects and services in Northern Ireland. Open to people aged 18 years and over, no pets are permitted on the walk. 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.

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.

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