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The 2016 Orwell Walk & Cycle Ride will be on

Sunday 26th  June

The Orwell Walk

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THE Ipswich East Rotary Club has announced this year’s 37th Orwell Walk will also include a brand new Orwell Cycle Event too. Scheduled for Sunday 30th June the new Orwell Cycle will have two routes, a medium route (4miles) for cyclists to enjoy views of the Orwell Estuary and surrounding countryside and also the full Orwell Cycle route (14miles). Both the Orwell Walk and the Orwell Cycle will begin and end at the same spot but will be separate from each other and will be fully marshalled by volunteers from both the Ipswich East Rotary Club and their Associate Members.  
Steve Flory President of Ipswich East Rotary Club explains how the brand new Orwell Cycle event has come about. Last year we created a group of Rotary Associate members who wanted to be involved with some of the activities we run for local charities but didn’t necessarily have the time to commit to becoming a fully- fledged Rotarian.  The Associates came up with the idea of adding an Orwell Cycle to our existing Orwell Walk which this year is in its 37th year.” “Since the Olympics there’s been a huge surge of interest in cycling and generally getting fitter and more involved in outdoor activities, so this addition of an Orwell Cycle seemed to fit the bill perfectly. We are expecting a high level of interest from both individual cyclists around Suffolk and also cycling clubs too.”  
The Orwell Walk, which began in 1977 with just a couple of hundred walkers, is now the most successful fundraising campaign for Ipswich East Rotary club, to date raising more than £1.3m for local charities and good causes. Last year’s walk was attended by almost 2,000 people, all raising money for their chosen charities. 
Both the Orwell Walk and Orwell Cycle will begin at Gainsborough Sports Club where there will be ample free parking and refreshments at either end of the walk and cycle routes. This year’s main sponsor is Healthy Ambitions Suffolk who is kindly providing drinking bottles for each walker and a special cycle goodie bag for the cyclists taking part. Those interested in registering for the walk or the cycle can do so on line via www.ipswicheastrotaryclub.co.uk or by calling the Orwell Walk Administrator Norman Haines.
As in previous years, the walking route will be split into three; a 12 mile walk, an 18 mile walk and the whole route which is 25 miles.  There are regular check points along the way where refreshments are available and volunteers from both Rotary and the St Johns Ambulance are on hand to lend support to any walkers who feel they’ve reached their maximum distance and need a ride back to base. 
Walkers are being encouraged to wear bright colours if they wish to, emphasising the colour they bring to the charities they support.  Steve concluded “Whether you choose to cycle the new routes planned or walk in bright colours for your charity it should be a very enjoyable day for all.”
To find out more log onto www.ipswicheastrotaryclub.co.uk or call Norman Haines on 01473 215333. THE Ipswich East Rotary Club has announced the date of 38th Orwell Walk and Cycle Ride which is scheduled for Sunday 29th June 2014.  This annual event, which began in 1977 as the Orwell Walk when just a couple of hundred walkers took part, is now the most successful fundraising campaign for Ipswich East Rotary Club, to date raising more than £1.4m for local charities and good causes.

The Ipswich East Rotary Club has announced the date of the 40th Orwell Walk and Cycle Ride, which is scheduled for Sunday 26th 2016.

The Orwell Walk has 3 principal routes of 12, 18 or 25 miles but you can finish at any checkpoint on the route if you so wish. The Orwell Cycle Ride offers two options, a short route of 5 miles and a medium route of 15 miles.  All routes are well signposted and have regular, manned checkpoints where cold drinks (water and squash) and toilet facilities are available.

The Walk and Cycle Ride both begin and end at the Gainsborough Sports Centre, Ipswich, where there is free parking and refreshments are available throughout the day. The Walk and Cycle are separate events, both fully marshalled. Volunteers from Ipswich East Rotary Club, their Associate Members and the St John Ambulance are on hand to lend support to any walkers/cyclists who have reached their maximum distance and need a ride back to base.

The Walk and Cycle routes follow the banks of the stunning River Orwell as it makes its way towards Felixstowe, returning on inland routes through farmland and wooded sections back to the Gainsborough Sports Centre. Some of the route is over private land so the Walk offers the opportunity to see parts of the countryside not usually accessible to the public. For this reason the only dogs allowed on the walk are those accompanying visually impaired walkers.

Last year’s walk was attended by almost 800 people, all raising money for their chosen charities or a range of Charities and good causes supported bv the Rotary Club.

We are delighted to have the East of Engand COOP as our main sponsor.

There is a registration fee of £15 per adult and £10 per child (under 12's). This covers the administration costs of the event, free drinks at check points, certificate and medal for every participant.

Please register online now at www.orwellwalk.co.uk.

Walkers and cyclists are encouraged to wear bright colours if they wish, emphasising the colour they bring to the charities they support.  

Lynette Chapoman

         

 

                 

Lynette Chapman, pictured with Alan Forsdike past President of The Rotary Club of East Ipswich. Lynette raised a stunning £2,250 for The East Anglian SailingTrust.

All charities are welcome to take part, even if you'd like to raise funds for your local scout group, brownie pack or football club you can do so by Walking or Cycling with us!!

 

 


 

 
  Orwell Walk and Cycle Principal Sponsor

The East of England COOP

  Media Partners

Town 102 fm

  Supported By
Ipswich Borough Council

 

Suffolk Coastal District Council

 

Checkpoint Sponsors

  Scrutton Bland