Organisers of the Saffery Rotary Walk are encouraging groups to form a relay team and participate in this year’s around the island walk.

For the very first time in the walk’s history the event’s committee is appealing to local companies and organisations to enter as part of a group that can split the 39-mile challenge into a number of individual stages.

Each team taking part in the only around-the-island-walk can have a minimum of four and maximum of seven people. The registration fee is £140 per team. The walk is divided by seven checkpoints and to make sure the whole walk is covered from start to finish team members must, between them, cover all distances between these checkpoints. Walkers will be able to check in and out at each checkpoint with their team identification card.

There will be a special prize for the relay team who raises the most money at the awards presentation in September.

Chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk, Simon Milsted, said: “This is the first year that we have put in place a specific relay option for walkers.

“The walk is a huge challenge and some people may not be able to take this on in its entirety due to various physical constraints or personal commitments.  You need to have the time to train to be physically prepared for the 39 mile walk, half of which is around the challenging east and south coast of the island.

“While we have a lot of walkers who do brave the full course, taking part as a relay team is a great way to get involved with friends or work mates and raise money for worthy charitable causes.”

The organisers are encouraging corporate teams to appeal to their employers to match funds raised by the team, effectively doubling the final donation.

Local firm, CT Plus, is gearing up for the walk and has got together a team to take on the challenge.

Marketing and PR officer for CT Plus, Jon Ozanne, said: “All our drivers taking part are very familiar with the Saffery Rotary Walk thanks to the 91 and 92 round island bus route. A key part of our training will be taking on Guernsey’s south coast cliffs which we will be tackling together over the next few weekends.”

Walkers will complete the challenge in aid of 18 local charities and not-for-profit organisations, all of which operate in Guernsey and the Bailiwick.

Walkers can find up-to-date information and the latest news on Facebook and Twitter: and @SRIslandWalk on twitter.