By Joe Barrett
The hugely popular annual charity Saint Stephen’s Day Walk in Clonaslee in aid of Laois Hospice is set to go ahead this year.
The walk will take two forms. One an outdoor walk in the beautiful surrounds of the Slieve Bloom Mountain range, or a virtual walk.
If you decide to bring the family out on the day you can choose from two routes.
The Long Walk, which begins from Clonaslee Community Centre no later than 1pm, is about 16km long and takes between three to four hours to complete.
The Short Walk, which is about 6km long will take between one to two hours to complete. This also begins from the Community Centre in Clonaslee.
If you feel happier taking part digitally, you can run, walk or jog a distance of either 5km or 10km from 26 to 28 December at a safe location that suits you.
The community centre will be open from 9am on Saint Stephen’s Day to receive donations or you can make an on-line donation by logging onto www.justgiving.com/campaign/clonaslee-walk-2021
Due to Covid-19 restrictions surrounding the hospitality sector, the organising committee will not be in a position to supply or serve refreshments after the walks, so you are advised to bring your own snacks and drinks with you on the day.
However, the hot soup stations will be open and operational along the routes.
Car parking facilities will be available in the community centre on the day.
Those attending are asked to wear face coverings and sanitise their hands.
Sponsorship cards are available for collection from local shops in Clonaslee. If you are unable to pick one up you can phone 087 633 9540 and the cards will be sent to you.