Guest blog by Donna Sutton, Spires and Steeples Challenge Organiser:
The Spires & Steeples Challenge is a successful charity run/walk organised by 1Life; following the public footpaths and bridleways along the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail. The trail that runs from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church, Sleaford, brings together the rich history, heritage and local stories of the area. It has many beautiful artworks, churches, interesting landscapes and picturesque skies. The name refers to the Spires of the churches being the landmarks to which visitors make their way and to the rural sport of Steeple chasing. It is also recognition of the important part they have played in the lives of these communities as well as how they are a reflection of the times, families and cultures that created, altered and rebuilt them.
Since the first event back in 2008, participants have challenged themselves to complete the route whilst taking in the beautiful artworks, church architecture and the variety that is the Lincolnshire villages and countryside. There is the option to walk or run the full 26 miles, or walk and run half the route; 13 miles from Metheringham to Sleaford. It has fast become a firm favourite for many, and due to its unique nature attracts participants from all over the country so see what’s on offer in Lincolnshire.
We are very excited to be featuring in the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival this year; it is our 8th challenge and to be able to tie this into such a fantastic pilot festival is great. We have some fantastic countryside and heritage on our doorstep, so to showcase the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail along with so many other great walking opportunities was an opportunity not to be missed.
For more information about the Spires and Steeples Challenge, please contact Donna Sutton on 01522 870273 or email EventsOfficer@1life.co.uk