Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2015 on 12:54 pm

Halifax Long Marchers have walked around the earth over 900 times

EXCLUSIVE: Through the course of 50 years, local marchers have walked a distance equal to circumventing the earth over 900 times.

Halifax Long March

Halifax Long Marchers.

Halifax Long March organisers have revealed that participants have already walked over 23 million miles ahead of the upcoming 50th Halifax Long March.

Dressed in gold, an estimated 200 sponsored walkers will start in Halifax town centre and take a weaving route around Calderdale.

Walkers will mark the 50th anniversary by walking 30 miles, which was the length of the original event.

The Halifax Long March began in 1966 and has gone on to attract thousands of walkers raising more than £380,000 for Christian Aid.

Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in Yorkshire, Shelagh Fawcett, said: “Christian Aid is incredibly proud of all the volunteers who make this event happen.

“There is so much hard work goes into planning, organising and walking this event. The money raised helps us to tackle the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.”

Participants can either choose to attempt either the 15-mile half marathon, or go for the full-length 30-mile hike.

The walk takes place on 5 April at 10pm from the YMCA on Crossley Street, Halifax.

Application forms for walkers or helpers are available from the Tourist Information Centres in Calderdale or the YMCA in Halifax or on www.longmarch.org.uk.

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