Moel Famau. Photo: Wendy Mann CC-BY-2.0

Moel Famau. Photo: Wendy Mann [CC-2.0]

A long-distance challenge walk has been revived to help raise funds for mountain rescuers.

The Offa’s Dyke charity walk was last run in 2005, but the North-East Wales Search and Rescue Team and the British Red Cross have organised a revival of the event, which involves a walk along the final 42km (26 miles) of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

The challenge walk was first run 10 years ago and was repeated in 2003 and again five years ago. The route runs from Clwyd Gate to Prestatyn and attracted more than 200 walkers when first organised.

This year’s walk, on 18 September, will raise money for both organisations, with Newsar using any cash for its new-vehicle appeal. Dave Fildes, Newsar deputy team leader, said: “The money raised will be a major boost to the vehicle fund, as we are in danger of not being able to provide our services unless we can replace out of date vehicles.”

Gladys McCrea, fundraiser for British Red Cross, said: “The last event raised more than £7,000 which helped the Red Cross to continue to provide its key services across North Wales, and we hope that this year will do the same.”

Registration for the event costs £25 and can be done online via the British Red Cross website.  The route follows the Clwydian Mountains, and passes over the 554m (1,816ft) summit of Moel Famau.

The North-East Wales Search and Rescue Team has 35 active volunteers based at Loggerheads, west of Mold and has so far been called out 53 times this year.

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