Ladies put best feet forward in tonight’s Midnight Walk in Weymouth

SEA OF COLOUR: Last year’s Midnight Walkers

SEA OF COLOUR: Last year’s Midnight Walkers

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

NOTHING will stop more 800 women raising money for Weldmar with tonight’s Midnight Walk.

It will see women of all ages lacing up their boots and taking to the streets of Weymouth to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Come fair weather or foul, the ladies will be getting into the party atmosphere, and by decorating their T-shirts with feather boas, wearing brightly coloured tutus and light-up headgear to make it a night to remember.

Since the first walk in 2007, 5,694 women have walked over 37,857 miles and raised £638,744 – last year the event raised more than £100,000 and it is hoped this year will raise just as much.

There will be a pre-walk disco at Weymouth College and warm-up with Jo Thomson from Dorchester Wellness Centre, before the walkers take to the start line.

Among those taking part will be Miss Weymouth, Emma Whitbread.

There will be three route options: a five, six and a half or ten-mile option. Walkers will have a well-deserved 2014 medal, goodie bag and bacon buttie waiting for them at the finish line.

More than 120 volunteers will be supporting the event by either helping at the college or marshalling on all three routes ensuring the walkers were safe and on the right track.

Echo reporters Emma Walker and Rachel Stretton will be talking part in the five-mile route. Miss Walker said: “As my name suggests I do like walking. I’m really excited to be part of this year’s event.

“It’s for a wonderful cause and we will have a great time- whatever the weather.

“See you at the finish line.”

Event organiser, Matt Smith, thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for their help and support.

He said: “The atmosphere is fantastic at the event every year. Hopefully people will still get in the party spirit and have a great time.”

Plans are in place if it rains as well, Mr Smith said.

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3:21pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Sparticles says...

Why are these events always ladies only?
Why are these events always ladies only? Sparticles
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