Walkers gear up for Ashley Clarkson trek

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Walkers are gearing up for the annual sponsored walk in memory of Ashley Clarkson this weekend, as the heat wave looks set to continue.

The 10-mile stroll between Sherwood Forest and Carr Bank Park Memorial will take place this Sunday morning, 21st July.

A fun day has also been organised at Carr Bank Park for the rest of the day.

Up to 200 walkers are expected to lace up their boots and take part in this year’s trek.

Ashley Clarkson, (23) from Mansfield, was a former soldier who hanged himself in March of last year.

Since then, his family has devoted their time to raising funds and awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition they are convinced he suffered from before his death.

Sunday’s walk is the second of its kind after the inaugural event between Crich Memorial and Carr Bank Memorial in July 2012.

In the hope of attracting more walkers this year, the route and distance has been altered for Sunday’s event.

Starting at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, at 8am, walkers are being asked to be at the Bath Lane entrance at Carr Bank Park for 7.20am at the latest where they will be picked up by free Glenn Ryder coaches and driven to the Major Oak, the starting point.

People leaving their vehicles at Carr Bank are being urged to park along Bath Lane,and Brunts School.

Most of the trail will be along tracks and through woods with a lunch break at the Dog and Duck pub in Old Clipstone, as well as a stop at Vicar Water Country Park.

On arrival at Carr Bank Park, the Seaforth Highlanders Notts branch will lead a march to the memorial area, followed by a two-minute silence.

Ashley’s father Wayne said: “It has taken since Christmas to organise this, we have not stopped! We have given out 200 T-shirts so we’re hoping they all turn up. The support we’ve had shows how what people think about this.”

With the good weather expected to continue, Buxton Water has agreed to give out 1,000 bottles of free water during the journey, which will be done at a strolling pace.

Meanwhile, the fun day will be held between 11am and 4pm, and will see a hog roast, bouncy castle, falcon show, Shetland pony rides,live bandstand music and stalls among other attractions.