Final preparations being made for Wandael Walk in Wellingborough

More than 5,000 are expected to take part in this year's Waendel Walk in Wellingborough

More than 5,000 are expected to take part in this year's Waendel Walk in Wellingborough

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With just two weeks to go, final preparations are taking place.

Julia Wells from the council said: “The Waendel Walk takes months of planning, in fact we start thinking about the next year’s event as soon as this one has finished.

“But it’s this last couple of weeks when everything really steps up a gear, and we go through every detail to make sure it’s all perfect.

“Hundreds and hundreds of miles have been clocked up as every single route has been walked and re-walked.

“We have a brilliant group of volunteers and we couldn’t do it without their help.

“From people checking the routes, to offering first aid during the weekend, and even cooking breakfast for the campers at Redwell, they are a truly amazing group and it’s down to them that the event is always such a success.”

More details

The Waendel Walk, the only event of its kind in the UK, kicks off on the evening of Friday, May 8, with the two friendship walks of 5km and 10km.

They are followed by a weekend of different routes throughout the borough ranging from 5km up to a marathon-distance 42km. Entry to the walks starts at £1.

Pre-booking to take part is cheaper and avoids queuing on the day. For more information, start times and route details go to www.wellingborough.gov.uk/waendelwalk.