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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Hundreds tackle Workington to Keswick charity walk

Nothing beats a walk in the countryside on a weekend afternoon.

Workington-Keswick walk photo
Sue Brown, Wendy Mallard and Jen Walker

But you wouldn’t think there were many people who would be prepared to spend their day off taking in 32 miles of Cumbria, all in a bid to raise money for charity.

Impressively though more than 200 did so yesterday on the annual walk from Workington to Keswick.

And while the total amount raised that will be shared around three causes – Ellerbeck ward at Workington Community Hospital, West Cumbria Dyslexia Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Association Allerdale – has yet to be confirmed, organisers reckon their effort could have brought in tens of thousands of pounds.

One of the members of the organising committee, Val Wilson, told the News & Star the event had been a great success.

She said: “The weather was fantastic. Last year we had to cancel it because of snow and we rescheduled the walk for two weeks later, then it just rained, so this year the weather has been an absolute godsend.”

The annual event has been running since 1967 and was set up by west Cumbrian steel workers who wanted to raise money to help a local school.

Since then, more than 7,000 people have taken part in the event, which always starts in the Royal British Legion in Workington and follows a gruelling route taking walkers through Ullock, past Buttermere and over Honnister Pass before finishing at Crossthwaite Church Room in Keswick.

This year was the 37th time that it has taken place but the emphasis on supporting local causes has always been at the heart of the walk.

“We always keep the charities local, so the money raised goes into the local pot.

“We don’t like to do anything national,” said Miss Wilson, who lives in Workington She added that 209 people had completed the walk this year and estimated that they had raised between £10,000 and 15,000."

Weblink: Provisional walk results

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