September 10, 2014 12.18 pm This story is over 110 months old

MP Karl McCartney excited for Lincoln boundary walk

Ready to walk: Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is ready to take on a charity walk around the city constituency boundaries.

Lincoln’s Conservative MP Karl McCartney is preparing for his charity walk around the city constituency boundary, and invites others to join him.

His sponsored walk, Beating the Bounds, aims to raise money for five Lincoln-based charities: St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, the Lincoln Tank Memorial, Lincolnshire Motor Neurone Disease Association, One Me and YMCA Lincoln.

Karl will walk the entire boundary of his Lincoln constituency, which covers almost 35 miles, alongside volunteers and other fundraisers, on September 20. He hopes to raises at least £1,000 for each charity.

The walk will begin around 5am in the morning at the southern point of the constituency near to the Horse and Jockey Public house in Waddington and will hopefully conclude there later on the same day, 16 – 18 hours later.

There will be four rest stops on the route, lasting up to 30 mins, where hot/cold drinks and sustenance will be on offer.

There will also be two crossings of the River Witham, plus a send-off event and celebration event at the starting and finishing point once complete.

The route map for the Beating the Bounds charity walking challenge.

The route map for the Beating the Bounds charity walking challenge.

A group of youths will help host a major event near the Doddington Road roundabout by charity One Me, a new organisation which is part of the NCS.

Karl said: “This unique opportunity has presented itself this year because of the temporary closure of the RAF Waddington runway that is being resurfaced.

“The boundary of my Lincoln Constituency cuts across the base’s runway in two places. I am very grateful to the Station Commander, Group Captain Barrow, who is supporting our efforts and allowing us access cross the runway during a period of temporary closure.

“I think that this sort of challenge is a great way to raise the profile of the charities and the good causes and work that they do, and hopefully people will want to support us and make a donation.

“It is not any easy task, but with a group of walkers we should encourage each other throughout the day to set a fair pace and celebrate together at the completion of our undertaking with a few pints. Hopefully there will also be other charities in future years who will be up for a similar challenge!”