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Raising funds and spirits for worthy causes!

Over 525 walkers came together on Sunday the 24th September to Walk the Test Way for their chosen charity. Walkers were able to choose their distance walking anywhere from 25.5 miles to 5 miles from St Mary Bourne to Romsey.

The Mayor of Test Valley Philip Lashbrook, the Mayor of Romsey John Ray along with Rotary Club President Edmond Holmes were at the finish line handing out the many medals along with water and a snack to the walkers.

Throughout the event walkers and general public were kept well entertained. The event was broadcast live on the afternoon show by Outreach Radio. Shaun and Osman were interviewing walkers and charities and playing some great tunes.

The club president Edmond Holmes commented “The success of the Walk the Test Way serves as a heart-warming reminder of the power of our community. It demonstrates that when we all come together, we can make a positive impact that ripples far beyond the event itself. The event has raised so far £60,000 and we are still counting! which will be distributed to over 115 charities”

Since it began 20 years ago this event has raised well over 1m for charities far and wide.

Brian, the lead organiser for the event said “Support from local businesses plays a significant part in the events success and we would like to give thanks to Bells Solicitors, Michael Rhodes Estate Agents, Ask About Mortgages, Home Instead, Abbotswood Pre-School and Day Nursery P&J Mechanical Contracting, Daley Hub Ltd, Wheelers Coaches, Ace Liftaway and Bettavend for their support”

The real stars of the event however, is the support from all the amazing volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Whether you are a seasoned walker or new to the idea mark your calendars for next year Walk the Test Way, keep an eye on our Facebook page @walkthetestway for the new date.

Keep an eye out for our future events such as the Carols in the Square in December and next year we are looking forward to organising again the Romsey Relay Marathon in May 2024 and the Mayors Picnic in July 2024.

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