MORE than 100 people have already signed up for this year’s Help for Heroes Malvern Hills Challenge.
Set in the Malvern Hills on Saturday, September 9, both the 15km and 7km routes take in the very best of the area with tough gradients and relaxing flats as well as picturesque woods and open grazing.
Last year 442 people took part in the event and £9,082 was raised for Help for Heores which provides better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.
The challenge is more of a trial than a race and caters for all abilities and ages.
Both the long and short walks will start at the Malvern Splash Leisure Complex car park.
The 15km route takes about six hours to compete and begins at Bromesberrow Estate before heading North to the hamlet of Whiteleaved Oak.
Hollybush at Eastnor Estate will offer walkers a chance to rest before the ascent up Monument Hill.
The hillfort at British Camp provides a focus for the next stage which is proceeded by a warm welcome on the far side of the Malvern Hills Hotel where it joins the short walk.
The 7km route takes about two-and-a-half hours to complete with walkers setting off to the Wyche via the Pinnacle and Jubilee Hills.
A trip up to the Worcestershire Beacon follows before the final part of the challenge goes past St Ann’s Well to the finish in the Rosebank Gardens.
Walkers will be greeted at the finish by Malvern MP Harriett Baldwin and Mayor Coun Cynthia Palmer who will present medals and certificates.
For more information and how to enter, visit www.malvernhillschallenge .org.