Holy Island Midnight ChallengePosted: 2009-06-19
Do you fancy a bit of a challenge that combines history with doing good? Then maybe the Holy Island Midnight Challenge is for you. The event is sponsored by Christian Aid, and aims to raise money to help poor communities around the world.
The Midnight Challenge really is a physical challenge; teams of four people will attempt to walk the 100 km from Melrose in southern Scotland to Holy Island, Northumberland, in 30 hours, spanning 11-13 September 2009.
The route of the walk follows the St Cuthbert's Way, a long-distance footpath that follows in the footsteps of the early Celtic saint who founded a monastery on Holy Island in the 7th century. The trail passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, and ends with a special celebration on Holy Island, where the ruins of medieval Lindisfarne Priory stands near the site of St Cuthbert's early monastery.
There is a team entry fee of £99, and each team must commit to raising £2500 or more through sponsorship pledges. There are hot meals along the way, and support staff to help walkers.
It sounds like a great way to do some good in the world and at the same time enjoy great exercise, fantastic scenery, and some superb heritage sites.
Holy Island Midnight Challenge - from Christian Aid