Walkers take on Gower challenge to boost Macmillan Cancer Support
MORE than 1,000 walkers took on the tough walking challenge around the Gower coast to help raise cash for charity.
Organisers say there were hundreds of people on the reserve list of the Gower Macmarathon which takes in the breath-taking views of the beaches in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Walkers could sign up to two difficult route options, including a 22-mile walk which got under way from Rhossili Bay car park and a 14-mile walk from Port Eynon on Saturday. (sept 7)
Adventurer Rosie-Swale Pope was among the walkers on the route.
A welcome party was held at Mumbles Cricket Club where both routes ended.
Last year, a total of £103,000 was raised through the mammoth fundraiser.
Sports writer and walker Dave Brayley, (corr) aged 47, who was walking the route for the third time, said the day went well.
He said: “It’s a fantastic event, it was really good.
“I think it’s the biggest charity event that Macmillan do in the UK. The event has a great atmosphere and I had two massive blisters as well. I wanted to do something for charity — it’s a real challenge to do the walk.”
A spokesman for the coastguard said there were no problems during the course of the day at the event.
Paul Davies, regional fundraising manager for Swansea, Neath Port Talbot for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are looking to better the fundraising total each year.”
The top fundraiser from the event will win a two-night stay in Patrick’s in Mumbles.