Crowning glory for fundraising walkers

THE PEOPLE who really walked the walk in one of Scarborough’s most popular fundraising events have been crowned.

The annual Crown Tavern Walk, which took place at the weekend, saw thousands of pounds raised by hardy trekkers.

Jane Moment, chairman of the Crown Tavern charity committee, yesterday gave the details of the fastest walkers.

Bill Simmonds was the fastest male to complete the 22-mile long trek, which started at Hawsker Village Hall and weaved along the former Scarborough to Whitby rail-way line before finishing at the Crown Tavern, in Scalby Road.

Remarkably, Mr Simmonds was also the oldest male to participate in the walk.

He finished in an impressive four hours, 35 minutes. Mr Simmonds was followed by Dianne Armitt five minutes later, who was the fastest female.

“We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part,” Jane said. “In our book they’re all winners.”

The fastest mixed team of four walkers, SDSG, was made up of Derek Cook, Connor Knight, Charlotte Cook and Barry Cook.

The fastest all-female team was comprised of Michelle McKechnie, Lesley Taylor, Verity Taylor and Emma Robson, who were collectively known as Pinkies.

The short fun walk, also held on Sunday, saw participants travel on foot along the old railway line from Hayburn Wyke.

Geoff, Kirsty and Chloe Davis came in joint first place, clocking in with a time of one hour 41 minutes.

The weary walkers were greeted back at the Crown Tavern by entertainment from the Hamps Street Band, High Heel Sneakers and Edward Spencer, known as EJ the DJ.

At least £4,000 was raised at the walk, with a series of local charities set to benefit. It is hoped that the figure will rise in coming weeks.

Jane added: “The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere in the pub afterwards was superb.

“We would also like thank Scarborough Amateur Radio Society and all the marshalls and helpers on the day, as well as the local businesses who made donations or gave us prizes.”