People are being challenged to take on a gruelling walk over the Cotswolds for a Birmingham charity.

About 700 participants took part in the annual St Basils Challenge last year, raising more than £85,000 for St Basils work with young homeless people in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The 11th St Basils Cotswolds Challenge, taking place on June 5, offers a choice of either 28 or 14-mile routes amongst some of the most glorious scenery anywhere in the UK.

Nick Venning, chairman of St Basils fundraising and external relations committee, said: “Although this is a slightly easier course than last year, like all our outdoor adventures, this challenge requires fitness, physical stamina and participants will need to have a good sense of direction; this is definitely not the proverbial Saturday afternoon stroll in the park with the dog.”

Teams, comprising three to six walkers, will begin the walks between 7am and 9am. St Basils will provide back-up services, a comprehensive route guide written and tested by St Basils’ Steve Rainbow, and participants will be able to take advantage of a complimentary hot meal at the finish where there will also be a cash bar.

Mr Venning added: “There really is nothing else quite like this in the calendar. It represents everything that is most exemplary in our business community, most admirable in our attitude to corporate social responsibility.”

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