WALKERS are more than welcome to enter on the day for this Sunday's first Taunton Rotary Club 50-50 charity sponsored walk.

The countdown is almost finished for the big event, which should see a field of over 100 walkers taking part.

Money raised from the event will benefit a host of worthy causes including Taunton Scouts, who are celebrating the movement's centenary this year.

The event will also help mark the 170th anniversary of the County Gazette. Backed by Viridor Waste Management, the walk will take place between 10am and 3pm, and is suitable for families of all ages.

Organiser Rikki Batt said: "We'd like to thank everyone who has already entered.

"The weather forecast is favourable and we hope everyone enjoys the day and that we raise plenty of money for the Scouts and cancer charities."

The event involves a circular walk of 4.4miles (7km) starting at Vivary Park Gate, passing through Trull and up Cotlake Hill before returning to Vivary.

Walkers need to set off between 10am and 11.30pm, but can stop off and enjoy lunch en-route with either a picnic or at a pub along the way.

Like the cycle ride, money is split 50/50 - with half going to a charity of the walker' choice and the remaining half going to local Scout groups along with prostate and testicular cancer funds. Walkers can take part either individually or as part of a team.

For more details, visit www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk or just turn up on the day!

Further details are available from Jacky Ford, the walk administrator, by calling 01823-277057 or writing to Brindles, 16 Campion Drive, Taunton, TA1 3XE.

There is an entry fee of £1 per walker (to cover administration costs) or £3 for a family of up to four - 50p for every child thereafter.

If you don't fancy the walk, you can also help the Rotary on the day by being a walk marshal. Anyone interested in lending some of their time can contact Rikki Batts on 01823-282479.