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A gem in the Sydney sports fundraising circuit
The Cancer Council's annual Seven Bridges Walk will be held on Sunday 27th October and it is a gem in the Sydney sports fundraising circuit. As the name suggests, the 27km walk takes in the seven bridges that surround Sydney Harbour. Sights along the way include the famous Harbour Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge and even part of the Lane Cove bushwalking track. What makes this walk so fantastic in addition to the scenery is that it is impeccably organised and accessible to everyone with an average level of fitness.
There are seven starting stations, or villages as they are referred to on the walking map, meaning wherever you live in the city it would be not too hard to get to one of the many starting points. The walk is limited to 15,000 entrants meaning the circuit never really gets too busy; one of the common grievances about this year's City2Surf. The registration fee is just $25.00 for participants and free to children under 12 years of age. This registration fee goes towards the organisation of the event and includes free shuttle buses that travel between the villages in case the 27km ends up a little too much for some people. Water and food stations are also at up at each village, along with first aid stations ready to patch the common ailments and blisters. All these facilities means the walk is perfect for all levels of fitness and worth giving a go.
Anyone able to walk for a few hours and with an average fitness level should be able to complete the full walk over the period of the day. Others who haven't ventured off the couch too much through winter may want to start some light training in the weekends leading up to the event. A few long practice walks and a pair of comfortable sports shoes would get most people over the line. Completing the full 27km circuit will take anywhere between five to eight hours depending on walking speed and how much time out for breaks. The walking villages and shuttle buses close up at 4:30pm so it is advisable to start before 10:00am if you plan on completing the full walk.
With the beautiful Sydney Harbour as a backdrop it is a great way to see new parts of the city and even a great way to show visitors around, all the while helping to raise money for cancer research. Registration for the event is open all the way up to the event or until the number of 15,000 participants is reached. Registration is also available on the day of the event though the cost on the day is $35.00. If you register online prior to the event, a sponsorship fundraising page will also be automatically created for those wanting to raise some extra money for The Cancer Council.
This really is a fantastic event to get a group of friends together and do something good for your soul and body. A full five hours plus of walking will burn anywhere between 1200 to 2000 calories depending on walking speed and metabolism so it is well worth giving this one a go.