The Saffery Rotary Walk Committee is encouraging islanders, local businesses and groups to enter a relay team into this year’s round-island walk; members of staff from the Guernsey College of Further Eduation are leading by example and have taken on the challenge.
This year, lecturers, liaison officers, a library manager and faculty director Jane Fears will form a relay team called the ‘College Crackers’.
Jane said: “This is the second year the college has entered a team. It’s a great way of participating in the event for people (like me) who don’t want to take on the whole 39-mile course.
“Our team is made up of people from all over the college and we have varied fitness levels and ability. We are really looking forward to the walk and are aiming to raise as much money as possible.”
The epic 39 mile course is truly taxing but thankfully there is a relay option, first introduced in 2016 with much success.
This option divides the 39 miles into seven sections so relay walkers can tackle the challenge in manageable distances around Guernsey’s coastline. Each team taking part can have a minimum of four and a maximum of seven walkers.
The seven sections vary in size with the smallest distance being 3.5 miles from Bordeaux to the finish line and the largest between Jerbourg point and Le Gouffre at 8 miles. Each section of the course must be completed by one or more team member and walkers will be able to check in and out of each checkpoint with their team identification cards.
Director at Saffery Champness Lisa Vizia said: “A relay team option is a fantastic way for corporates to do their bit for the community. We’re pleased that our staff members have taken part in previous years and staff from our compliance and trust departments are entering again this year.”
Chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk Simon Milsted said: “The relay option is the perfect alternative for those who do not wish to take on the full 39 miles.
28 relay teams entered last year’s walk and contributed a significant amount to the funds raised. It’s a great opportunity for corporates to get together and use it as an opportunity to give back to the community.”
A prize will be presented to the relay team which raises the most money.