Posted on April 17, 2019
Once again Diabetes Jersey are organising a ‘north to south’ country walk which will take place on Sunday 5 May and many walkers have already registered to take part.
Unlike many other sponsored walks, the Diabetes Jersey walk is confined almost entirely to country lanes that cross the Island from north to south revealing, for many walkers, views of the Jersey countryside with which they will probably be unfamiliar. This year’s walk will start in the public car park at Greve de Lecq (by the tower) and finish in the car park at Goose Green, Beaumont. Additional parking will be available directly opposite the start.
“The North-to-South is one of Diabetes Jersey’s most successful fundraisers and last year more than 500 walkers took part and helped us raise more than £14.000. This is the seventh North to South and we have varied the route again since walkers tell us how much they enjoy the opportunity of seeing the beauty and diversity of the Island’s countryside rather than the usual familiarity of the walks around St Aubin’s Bay or along the railway track,” says Diabetes Jersey’s spokesman Peter Tabb. “We are still finding new ways to cross the Island from north to south, a concept devised originally, by the late Brian le Marquand MBE and in whose memory the walks now take place. We are extremely fortunate that we receive excellent cooperation from all the parochial authorities and honorary police through whose parishes we pass.”
The route is approximately eight miles and meanders among the country lanes of St Ouen, St Mary and St Lawrence and much of the new ‘pedestrian way’ all along St Peter’s Valley.
For the convenience of walkers free coaches will be provided that start from St Helier and also return from Beaumont to the start. The registration fee in advance is £10 (which includes a free commemorative baseball cap) although anyone joining in on the day can do so for a donation of £20. Registration can be made on the form published on the Diabetes Jersey website or intending walkers can register on-line at www.race-nation.com/north2sout....
The money raised will go to supporting the provision of continuous glucose monitors for young people with Type 1 diabetes which, this year, will cost the charity around £30,000.