600 take part in Sunderland Big Walk event

Dated: 14/09/2014 The Big Walk 2014 ... Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Cllr Stuart Porthouse and Maria Porthouse officially starting the Sunderland Big Walk 2014 at the National Glass Centre this morning.

Dated: 14/09/2014 The Big Walk 2014 ... Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Cllr Stuart Porthouse and Maria Porthouse officially starting the Sunderland Big Walk 2014 at the National Glass Centre this morning.

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HUNDREDS of Wearside walkers have laced up their trainers and set off on a walk to help out worthy charities.

More than 600 people, young and old, took part in this year’s Sunderland Big Walk.

This year, there were two routes both starting at the city’s National Glass Centre on the banks of the River Wear, at St Peter’s.

A 6.5 mile walk finished at Washington Wetlands Centre, while the longer 11.5 mile walk was to picturesque Herrington Country Park.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, and his wife Marie, the Mayoress, got the walk underway.

“We are both walkers, but usually around the golf course if I’m honest,” said Coun Porthouse, who represents St Chad’s ward.

“This is a special event for me because money from everyone who has entered goes to my chosen charities: Action on Dementia Sunderland, Age UK Sunderland and NSPCC Childline.

“A lot of people have turned out and I’ve been told there are more here than last year, which is fantastic. I’m very grateful to all of them.”