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Get ready for... Walk the Wight 2009

Registrations are now open for Walk the Wight 2009, which takes place this year on Sunday 17th May. This is the largest sponsored walk in the South and takes place across the breadth of the Isle of Wight raising money for the Island's Hospice which cares for over 800 terminally ill patients every year. In 2008 over 8,400 people Walked the Wight raising over £350,000 towards patient care.

As last year, there are two walks.

  • across the hills to the Needles starting either at Bembridge or Carisbrooke
  • the Flat Walk which is 8.5 miles along cycle tracks from Sandown High School to Newport

For full details on distances, times and travel please visit the official Walk the Wight website.

There is also a special Schools Walk the Wight which encourages children to get fit and walk to and from school. As they complete each mile, they build up 'virtual' miles to complete the entire distance of Walk The Wight. Registration forms are available from your child's school.

Important Registration Information for 2009

Once you have registered, your walkers pack, including your walker number, will arrive in the postAs the walk has grown considerably over the past couple of years, in 2009 pre-registration is compulsory to enable the organisers to cope with the logistics of car-parking, buses, toilets, water provisions etc.

Registration is free but the last registration date is 1st May.

Only pre-registered walkers can take part; there will be no 'on the day' registrations so register now to avoid disappointment!

Walkers can also get special discounts from Millets on all equipment. If you are planning on visiting the Island to take part in this event, there are Walker discounts on Red Funnel Redjet and Red Funnel Car Ferry tickets plus accommodation at Wightcliff Bay.

Walk the Wight takes place across some of the Island's most beautiful hills and countrysideSouthern Vectis will offer free travel to walkers with a walkers number on any bus during the day. There are a limited number of parking spaces at the Needles which can be prebooked from the Hospice. Otherwise if friends are collecting walkers, they can use the new Park & Ride from Yarmouth car park or alternatively there will be free parking in the field approaching the Needles Park.

Click here to register free online before 1st May. Your walkers pack, including your walker number, instructions and sponsorship form will be sent to you.

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