Words and photo by Dave Barry
Preparations are under way for an annual walk which raises thousands of pounds a year for local charities.
The 42nd Crown Tavern Charity Walk, on Sunday 5 May, raises between £8,000 and £10,500 for local disabled and disadvantaged children.
It is always the day before the May Day bank holiday so participants can get a well-earned rest the next day.
There are two options: a 22-mile walk starting in Hawsker and an eight-mile one starting at Hayburn Wyke. Both follow the old railway track and end at the Crown Tavern pub in Scalby Road, Scarborough.
“Many of our beneficiaries take part in the shorter walk - some in wheelchairs - and in effect are helping to raise money for themselves”, says Tracey Shaw, one of the organisers.
Whichever one they choose, walkers get a free coach ride from the pub, where registration takes place, to the starting points.
“It would be really great to have a few more team entries such as work colleagues, groups of friends or families”, says Tracey.
“Although it is a challenge walk, it is a beautiful one with stunning scenery and there are loads of check points with refreshments along the way”.
When walkers arrive back at the Crown Tavern, the adults are offered a free pint and under-18s are given soft drinks; everyone gets a hot dog.
“We do our best to make it a really good atmosphere for the walkers and family waiting to cheer them home. We will have live music and our regular EJ the DJ. There is a raffle with loads of great prizes up for grabs, all provided by local businesses, and we usually try to draw this around 4.30 to 5pm”.
There are trophies for the youngest boy, the youngest girl, the highest sponsored individual and even the biggest blister.
“We are so grateful to the businesses who make donations towards all the costs so we can ensure that every penny raised by walkers is passed on to the beneficiaries”, Tracey says.
“100% of what the walkers raise is donated to the beneficiaries,” she adds. “Over the 40 years we have raised approximately £215,000. The beneficiaries are all local charities for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people”.
They are Mencap, Disabled Swimming Group, Riding for the Disabled, Yorkshire Coast Sight Support, Epilepsy Action, Wilf Ward Trust, Scarboccia, Yorkshire Coast Families, Goalball, the Lollipop Group, Frame Football and Orange Zebra Drama Group.
The organising committee has six members: Jane Moment, Ray Springall, Mike Goode, Ian Holland, Susan North and Tracey Shaw.
However, Tracey, Jane and Ray, after 27, 26 and 42 years respectively, are hanging up their organising boots and handing over the reins to the town’s two Rotary clubs, who will run the walk from 2020 onwards.
Tracey says: “Due to other commitments, we have all made the very difficult decision to stand down after such a long time as organisers and felt it was best if we all left together”.
Entry / sponsor forms are available at the pub; from Jane Moment on 07999 839338; and via the website, www.crowncharitywalk.co.uk.