Walkers make strides to support charities

The launch of the Suffolk Walking Festival in Lowestoft.

The launch of the Suffolk Walking Festival in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

Determined walkers completed the stamina-testing 'Mega Challenge' as part of this year's Suffolk Walking Festival.

Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival - Credit: Archant

The group, consisting of all ages and genders, took on the 60-mile trek in 24 hours challenge along the Suffolk Coast Path as part of the annual festival.

Starting at Lowestoft South Pier and finishing at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, the trekking team, led by Nick Collinson, head of natural and historic environment at Suffolk County Council, raised more than £6,500 for local charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Collinson said: 'I had walked the route previously a couple of years ago with a colleague and this year the Walking Festival was looking to do something different so I suggested we organise this.

'If you can do a 10 or 15-mile walk you have it in you to do this as it is a mental challenge more than anything.

Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival - Credit: Archant

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'The feedback I received from those who took part was very positive with people describing it as 'amazing' and a 'dream come true'.

'It was all about getting people together outside enjoying the countryside and wildlife we have on the Suffolk coastline.'

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The elite walk was part of three walking challenges taking place across the county as part of the ninth annual event sponsored by Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team.

Setting off on Sunday, May 15, the group took in the spectacular scenery and hidden gems of the Suffolk coastline; while receiving great support from local businesses along their way.

'A huge thank you goes to all the local businesses that helped and supported us, including Southwold Pier, the Dolphin at Thorpeness and The Froize at Chillesford - which opened up at 2am in the morning to keep spirits up and refuel us with sticky toffee pudding,' he added.

'You have to overcome the blisters and sore feet, which we all had, and persevere at the harder times, such as at night when it is dark and quiet, which is when The Froize Inn became something for us aim for as we walked through Tunstall Forest.'

For further information visit: www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

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