Walk this way: crowds take part in annual fundraiser

Thousands of pounds has been raised as Scarborough’s Walk for Life enjoys another successful year.

The 17th annual event saw scores of people brave the rainy Scarborough seafront to take part in the town’s most popular sponsored walk.

131167k  Rain doesn't stop these frinds having fun on the  Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins    17/03/2013

131167k Rain doesn't stop these frinds having fun on the Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins 17/03/2013

A story book character theme ensured the event brightened up the drizzly day with a variety of colourful costumes including smurfs, Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille, and even some dogs donned outfits.

People of all ages took part in the walk, covering a three and a half mile route from the North Bay, around Marine Drive, through the Toll House, along Sandside and Foreshore Road before finishing at the Spa.

Organisers Linda Tomczak and Theresa Hargreaves said: “Numbers are just a little bit down on normal, but we have seen some fabulous costumes, a lot more creative than we have seen before. Watching them all come around the headland on Marine Drive has been great.

“We haven’t been very lucky with the weather this year, though it is the first time we have had rain in ten years.

131167a  Lily Taylor and Kelly Metcalfe, from Hatton's School of Performing Arts ready for Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins    17/03/2013

131167a Lily Taylor and Kelly Metcalfe, from Hatton's School of Performing Arts ready for Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins 17/03/2013

“It is great to see the event still going strong after all this time as there is just so much money raised for valuable charities, many of which rely upon the Walk for Life as their main source of income.”

Before the walkers began an warm up event was staged by Nicky Sweeney-Chisolm, which saw Scarborough town crier Alan Booth have a go at Gangnam Style dancing.

He then joined Scarborough mayor Cllr Helen Mallory in starting the annual fundraiser.

The first to the half way mark at the Toll House, and one of the first over the finishing line was 15 year old Sam Witty, who was dressed as Where’s Wally. Taking part with friends, including David Hallam, 14 and his sister Lucy, 11, Sam said: “This if the first time I’ve done Race for Life. Its really fun, and I’ve enjoyed dressing up and raising money for Hatton School of Performing Arts.”

131167b  Walkies for Life?? Cliff Top Kennels brought a team of dogs dressed up for the Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins    17/03/2013

131167b Walkies for Life?? Cliff Top Kennels brought a team of dogs dressed up for the Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins 17/03/2013

Over the years, several thousand people have taken part in the walk for their own personal reasons.

For those who are sponsored to take part, up to £10,000 is raised each year for many charities and organisations, based both locally and across the country.

See Thursday’s Scarborough News for all the pictures from the event.

131167e Town Crier Alan Booth, with Janet Jefferson behind him, has a go at the Gangnam Style warm-up dance led by Nicky Sweeney-Chisholm, back, before Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins    17/03/2013

131167e Town Crier Alan Booth, with Janet Jefferson behind him, has a go at the Gangnam Style warm-up dance led by Nicky Sweeney-Chisholm, back, before Walk for Life 2013 in chilly, drizzly weather. Photo by Andrew Higgins 17/03/2013