Tour de Walkshire beats fundraising target after just 6 days

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Welcome to Yorkshire’s Tour de Walkshire charity campaign has already reached its £50,000 target just six days into the month-long challenge.

The tourism body has been promoting walking throughout 2021 to put the spotlight on the natural assets of the county.

The Tour de Walkshire fundraiser has challenged people to commit to a distance, whether as a one-off event or a total for the month, and raise sponsorship for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive James Mason has committed to cover 450 miles this month, which is the distance of the perimeter of Yorkshire.

He said: “What fantastic news to find out we have broken through the £50,000 barrier. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for raising money.”

The Tour de Walkshire has this year replaced the annual Tour de Yorkshire international cycling event which was postponed because of the pandemic.

758 participants have already walked, run, swam or cycled more than 14,000 miles – and it’s not too late to join in.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the Tour de Walkshire, throughout this month-long event which now has the stretch target of raising £75,000.’s joint managing director Alex Turner is nearly 100 miles into his own 450-mile walking challenge.

He said: “It’s a great initiative to get people active, raise much-needed funds for a great charity and show off Yorkshire’s landscape – even if the hills aren’t always welcome on longer walks.

“It will be great to see the fundraising total continue to rise as the hundreds of people carry on pounding the paths for the rest of May.”

To sponsor Alex, and to find out more about Tour de Walkshire, click here.