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Storm Alex didn’t stop the in­au­gu­ral Bath Marches as walk­ers marched up Bath’s hills in aid of char­ity.

Marchers, aged from nine to 75 and from as far afield as Torquay, War­wick and Farn­bor­ough, stepped out on Satur­day.

There were some adap­ta­tions due to Covid-19, in­clud­ing a low-key start and fin­ish, a max­i­mum of six in a group and ex­ten­sive so­cial-dis­tanc­ing prac­tices.

School teams also en­tered, hav­ing been un­able to take part in their usual pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award and the Ten Tors an­nual chal­lenge on Dart­moor.

The marchers tack­led the sum­mits of Sols­bury Hill, Lans­down Ridge and Kel­ston Round Hill on either a nine- or 15-mile hike.

The event’s sup­ported char­i­ties were The Sol­diers’ Char­ity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Char­ity and the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund, with other good causes in­vited to en­ter walk­ers, too.

Char­i­ties walk­ers sup­ported on the day in­cluded Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bath, Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust, Di­a­betes UK, Dig Deep Africa, Ge­n­e­sis Trust, Hounds for He­roes, Men­tor­ing Plus, Papyrus, Dudes and Dogs, Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and the Scouts.

The big­gest march­ing team was sup­port­ing Men­tor­ing Plus, who raised more than £3,500 with their march.

Jenny Perez, fundrais­ing man­ager at Men­tor­ing Plus, said: “Men­tor­ing Plus is de­lighted to be tak­ing part in Bath Marches 2020 – so many peo­ple took to walk­ing dur­ing lock­down we hope that our lo­cal com­mu­nity will take part and sup­port our work with young peo­ple.

“We know that many young peo­ple will be fac­ing greater chal­lenges now with the tran­si­tion back to school, in­creased anx­i­ety in mak­ing up for lost ed­u­ca­tion and re­con­nect­ing with peer groups. De­mand for our men­tor­ing pro­grammes will be higher now than ever and so any funds to help us reach out to our young peo­ple will be grate­fully re­ceived.”

The event was sup­ported by Bath Recre­ation, Tri­te­ria, MARCOM, Mar­dan Re­movals, Beg­bies Trainor, Fyffes ba­nanas, DORCO ra­zors, Wool­ley and Swain­swick Churches and Pi­p­ley Barn.

Richard Best, or­gan­iser and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Breath­ing Space Ac­tiv­i­ties Ltd, which in­cludes Iconic Walk­ing Events, said: “I’m de­lighted that the event went ahead and had the sup­port of an ex­ten­sive list of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the lo­cal landown­ers whose per­mis­sion to march across their land has been sought.

“Life in the ser­vices of­ten presents you with chal­lenges and this year’s pan­demic is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple. How­ever, those who have served have been trained to think calmly, iden­tify the prob­lems, work out so­lu­tions and get the job done.

“I think the Bath Marches is a great ex­am­ple of that and am grate­ful to all those in the Marches team and be­yond who have shared the vi­sion and sup­ported the pro­ject.”

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Walk­ers tack­led Sols­bury Hill, Lans­down Ridge and Kel­ston Round Hill to raise funds at the in­au­gu­ral Bath Marches
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