Walkers needed for endurance event along South Downs Way to raise cash for Action Medical Research

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A MEDICAL research charity which helps children and babies is appealing for people to put on their walking boots and brave the South Downs Way overnight.

National charity Action Medical Research wants teams of tenacious walkers to sign up for the endurance event taking place from July 29-30.

Dubbed The PLOD, don’t let the name lull you into a false sense of security as this walk is not for the faint-hearted or the ill-prepared.

The group has designed a gruelling course that could push you further than you have ever been pushed before.

The 40 mile challenge begins at midnight at the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, just north of Brighton.

By the time walkers reach the finish line at St Bede’s Prep School on the picturesque Eastbourne seafront the following afternoon, this new route will have amazed you with its stunning beauty and tough challenges.

PLOD organiser David Graham said: “Our PLODs are very popular, with many teams returning year after year to beat their previous best time.

“They are challenging events but great fun for all involved and very rewarding.

“Every tough mile walked helps fund medical research to treat sick babies and tackle premature birth, to make life better for children with disabilities, and to target a group of rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.”

Events require teams of four walkers and a support driver.

Registration is £100 and teams need to raise a minimum of £1,250 in sponsorship.

Action Medical Research is based in Horsham, West Sussex.

It aims to tackle premature birth, treat sick and vulnerable babies, helps children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections.

The charity also targets rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

For more information about the PLOD series visit www.action.org.uk/plod.