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The Sara Killey Memorial Walk – Seven Stations Challenge 2008 12 February 2008

The Isle of Man Branch of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund is delighted to announce the second mighty ‘Seven Stations Walking Challenge’ in memory of Sara Killey; missed by her colleagues in the fire service.

This event is to be held on 6th April 2008 and for those hardy soles that’ll go the full distance; the challenge will cover an almost exact 50 mile open road course.

The Seven Station Challenge 2007 raised £2,000 (photo attached of the start at Port Erin). A total of 136 people took part and 45 completed the full distance.

Mary Cannell, Fundraising Manager, said:

‘Apart from thick fog in parts, last year’s event proved to be a huge success. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the organisers and the participants. The majority of marshals were fire personnel who worked exceptionally together as a team and grasped the opportunity to use the day as a training activity. We look forward to this year being an even bigger success.’

Each of the Island’s seven Fire Stations will be visited, starting from Port Erin Station at 8am on the Sunday. The route will take competitors from Port Erin to Castletown Station, a distance of 4.5 miles. From there to Peel Fire Station another 12.7 miles, from Peel along the west cost a further 6.6 miles to Kirk Michael. The route continues north to Ramsey Fire Station which is 9.3 miles. Here competitors will turn south along the Island’s east coast to Laxey Station, some additional 9.3 miles from Ramsey. The final leg from Laxey to Douglas Fire Station adds an additional 8.1 miles making a total Seven Stations Challenge race distance of 50 miles.

The event which is being run under IAFF rules of race walking is open to anyone aged 18 or over, with competitors who wish to finish their challenge at any of the Island’s Fire Stations being credited with a certificate of achievement for the distance covered. Each competitor will wear a wrist band to keep accurate time of their progression around the route.

Clearly, this event will provide an ideal opportunity for the many thousands of competitors wishing to ‘warm-up’ for the Parish Walk under race conditions over a challenging long distance route.

Proceeds from the £15 entry fee will be used in support of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund which is a registered charity that works both locally and nationally in providing assistance to serving and retired personnel, their widow/ers and young dependants through the provision of sheltered accommodation, recuperative facilities, rehabilitation and therapy, in addition to financial support for those who need it.

For further information including copies of rules and regulations and contact details together with downloadable entry forms, please visit www.iomfire.com/walk.htm. Entries for the walk, which will also be available from Fire Service Headquarters in Onchan, must be received by Wednesday 26th March 2008.

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