Fairytale theme for 17th annual Walk for Life

Freddie Gilroy looks down on the passing Walk for Life 2012.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  121094a  11/03/12
Freddie Gilroy looks down on the passing Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121094a 11/03/12

Storybook characters is the theme of this year’s Scarborough Walk for Life as entries open for the 2013 event.

The Walk for Life, which is being held on Sunday March 17, is now in its 17th year of raising money in support of local charities and organisations.

Each year hundreds of walkers take part in the event, 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.

The theme for 2012 is Storybook Characters, to tie in with World Book Day.

Organisers say fancy dress is not compulsory, “but it is good fun”.

Walk for Life co-ordinators Linda Tomczak and Theresa Hargreaves said: “The Walk has become a recognised event in Scarborough’s calendar.

“At least 50 different charities raise precious funds by taking part in this event.

“You don’t have to fundraise or wear fancy dress to take part, come down and just enjoy the walk and the atmosphere.

“Walk all or some of the route – it is the taking part that is important, and you won’t be disappointed.

“Please come and join us on March 17, bring the family, your friends, even the dog, and join in our very special annual event. You can be assured that it will be a wonderful day out.”

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.

The fundraising is of such importance that many local groups rely solely on this event to raise precious money to keep their organisation going.

For those wishing to raise funds, sponsorship cards are available from the Scarborough News office in Aberdeen Walk, and also at the start of the Walk on the day.

All cards can then be stamped at the start and end of the Walk, which this year falls on Comic Relief weekend.