Children’s charity seeks teams to compete in PLOD midnight challenge series
Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to take part in overnight endurance events taking place in some of the UK's greatest walking regions. The PLOD series of events raises funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research with walks taking place this summer in a choice of seven stunning UK locations – on either the South Downs Way, Cotswold Way, Chiltern Way or Yorkshire’s Chalkland Way, or following sections of the Rutland Round, in England; the Trossachs hills in Scotland or in Northern Ireland's beautiful Mourne Mountains (see listing for further details).
Starting at midnight, teams compete against each other, navigating tough terrain in the dark using head torches. As day breaks they are rewarded with breathtaking views and stunning scenery. As well as testing stamina, participants will also need to use teamwork, strategy and intelligence to gain bonus points for completing additional challenges along the way.
David Graham, PLODs organiser at Action Medical Research, says: “Whether you are a seasoned trail walker or just up for the experience of a big challenge for 2012 this is the event for you. Our PLODs are very popular, with many teams returning year after year to beat their previous best time. They are tough events but great fun for all involved and very rewarding.”
Teams participating in PLOD events will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.
PLOD events require teams of four walkers and a support driver (plus vehicle).
For more information about the PLOD series visit action.org.uk/plod
Dates and details of specific PLODs are as follows:
PLOD Cotswold Way, midnight 8 June 2012
This 40-mile route follows the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills giving panoramic views across the Severn Vale and finishes at Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds.
PLOD Mourne Mountains, midnight 15 June 2012
Set in the magical Mountains of Mourne, this tough 50km (32-mile) challenge follows one of the most gruelling routes on Northern Irish terrain. Includes the option to summit three peaks. Beautiful Lough Shannagh is also on the route.
PLOD Chalkland Way, midnight 6 July 2012
This challenge of almost 40 miles takes you up hill and down dale through the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds following the circular Chalkland Way.
PLOD Chiltern Way, midnight 13 July 2012
NEW for 2012, this 40-mile route follows the beautiful Chiltern Way across two counties. It promises fantastic views across the Goring Gap, separating two ranges of Chalk Hills - the Chilterns and the Wessex Downs - and takes in the highest villages in the area, reaching 740 feet.
PLOD South Downs Way, midnight 20 July 2012
A 40-mile challenge setting out from the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, just north of Brighton. Follows the South Downs Way to Eastbourne seafront, taking in Ditchling Beacon and Birling Gap along the way.
PLOD Trossachs, midnight 24 August 2012
This 50km trek starts near the pretty village of Aberfoyle and takes you through some of the most challenging and breathtaking landscapes the Trossachs has to offer.
PLOD Rutland Round, midnight 14 September 2012
NEW for 2012, this 40-mile trek starts on the shoreline of Rutland Water and follows sections of the Rutland Round. The scenic route is studded with picturesque villages and stunning views.
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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:
• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.