Fundraisers put their best foot forward for annual hike

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It’s a long way to go for a pint, but nearly 200 thirsty fundraisers trekked miles to a popular Scarborough pub in the name of charity.

Fundraisers marched up to a blister-inducing 22 miles in the sweltering sun as part of the annual Crown Tavern Walk on Sunday.

131836e'Crown tavern Charity Walk'Curtis Padley having fun on the walk'Picture by Neil Silk'05/05/13

131836e'Crown tavern Charity Walk'Curtis Padley having fun on the walk'Picture by Neil Silk'05/05/13

The event, which started off life 36 years ago at the New Tavern, raises thousands of pounds for various local charities.

And this year is no different, as 180 people took part in the walk, with super-fit Geoff Davis the first person to cross the line.

“We’ve done it for the last four years,” said Mr Davis , who completed the walk with his daughter Kirsty.

“It’s good, plenty of fresh air, the weather is always good and you get a hot dog at the end!”

131836a'Crown tavern Charity Walk'First past the post were Geoff Davis and his daughter Kirsty'Picture by Neil Silk'05/05/13

131836a'Crown tavern Charity Walk'First past the post were Geoff Davis and his daughter Kirsty'Picture by Neil Silk'05/05/13

Last year, the event raised around £7,000, and organisers are hoping that figure will be smashed this time around.

And the signs are good; There are almost double the number of participants, with 180 walking this year.

And one group alone has raised around £2.000 between them.

The final total is still not yet known, but later in the year, a presentation evening will take place in which representatives from all the charities benefiting from the walk will pick up their cheques.

Awards are also dished out to the hikers - including the infamous gong for the biggest blister.

For landlord David Welsh, it’s his first year at the helm, and he said the event had been a big success.

He added: “I said for my first year I wanted to be at the pub just to make sure everything ran smoothly, but I might give it a go next time.”

Walkers set off early in the morning from Hawsker village, typically arriving at the tavern around lunchtime in time for their complementary pint and hot dog.

The rest of the afternoon is spent enjoying live music, food and ale outside the pub in the beer garden.

Hikers walk along the old railway line, and participants praise the scenic views throughout the journey.

There is also a shortened, eight mile trek, which starts from Hayburn Wyke.

“It’s been one of the best years to date,” said organiser Jane Moment.

“We are delighted with turnout and we are just delighted with all the support we have had and I would like to thank everybody who has helped out.”

“It’s a brilliant event, and I think people support it because we are fundraising for the best causes.”