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Never mind lockdown – let’s walk round Britain virtually!

Never mind lockdown – let’s walk round Britain virtually!

Despite the coronavirus lockdown, Rotarians in north-east England have come up with a novel fund-raising – to walk around Great Britain virtually.

The ambitious Covid-safe plan to walk 5,000 miles around Britain virtually was launched earlier this month.

The sponsored event involves walkers ‘collecting’ the miles they walk locally to add to the total, which will be plotted onto a map to show progress.

The event is being organised by Darlington Rotary. Members David Selby from Melsonby and Derek Risbey from Darlington put the plan together to get people out walking and to raise money for charities hit by the pandemic.

Derek said: “This is a good excuse to get outside – which is good for your health and well-being – and stay within the Covid rules.

The ambitious Covid-safe plan to walk 5,000 miles around Britain virtually was launched earlier this month.

“You can walk anywhere outside locally once a day and be compliant.

“So whether it’s a walk to the paper shop and back, walking the dog or simply a walk down the lane as part of your daily exercise it will all count towards our goal.”

Darlington Rotary has a walking group, but it is encouraging all members, friends, family and anyone else who would like to take part to put their best foot forward, wherever they live in the country.

David said: “You don’t need to be a seasoned walker. But even a short walk regularly over the year from February to October will add up to success if enough people are involved. And hopefully it will become even easer as the restrictions are relaxed.”

So whether it’s a walk to the paper shop and back, walking the dog or simply a walk down the lane as part of your daily exercise it will all count towards our goal.”

Derek and David are also asking people to raise some sponsorship, which will help causes which have been hit by Covid restrictions.

Photos and tales from walkers’ local journey are welcome, perhaps showing the virtual places people have passed through.

Regular updates and progress can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

To sign up to the round Britain challenge or for further information, email: dtonrotary@gmail.com