Mountain rescuers will benefit from the challenge

Mountain rescuers will benefit from the challenge

Experts will be on hand at a West Midlands outdoor store on Friday to advise walkers on the right gear to keep themselves safe.

GO Outdoors’ Coventry shop’s Basecamp event runs from noon to 7pm and will offer visitors the latest updates on gear choice and safety.

The event is the first of more than 40 planned throughout Britain as part of the Walk Around the World in 80 Days challenge being run by the retailer alongside the Britain on Foot campaign.

The idea is to persuade UK walkers to log the equivalent of the circumference of the earth, almost 25,000 miles, by 14 October.

GO Outdoors store manager Peter Hasnip said: “We know all about the enthusiasm for walking in Coventry.

“That’s why we’re hosting this event and urging as many customers old and new to find out more about enjoying the challenge of walking this summer.

“We hope the event will offer just the right balance of advice and inspiration for novices and enthusiasts alike.

“Whether you can make our event or not, we’d encourage all local walkers to declare whatever miles they walk this summer online, and help us reach the combined total.”

Outdoor brand Mammut’s experts will also be at the Canley Road shop to help with boot fitting and advice on clothing.

The challenge sees the UK’s largest outdoor retailer GO Outdoors link up with Mammut; Great Britain’s national mapping agency Ordnance Survey; Mountain Rescue England and Wales; Switzerland Tourism and Walk4Life.

Details are on the GO Outdoors website.

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