Hundreds take part in annual Active Sunderland BIG Walk

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Rainy weather failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of walkers who took part in the annual Active Sunderland BIG Walk today.

Sunderland City Council’s fitness event, organised by team Active Sunderland, saw more than 400 people take part in three walks around Herrington Country Park.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's Big Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's Big Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.

Participants were able to take part in a three mile, seven mile, or 11 mile circular walk around the park before collecting a medal, t-shirt and goody bag at the end of the route.

Now in its fourth year, the event aimed to encourage people to get active to increase their fitness.

Peter Mooney, Active Sunderland development manager and Laura Bartlett, Active Sunderland delivery officer, were delighted with the turn out on the day.

Peter said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turn out given the conditions this morning.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's BIG Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's BIG Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.

“Despite the thoroughly miserable wet conditions we had 94 walkers register on the day.

“The event is part of the BIG events programme which has included a 3k run and bike ride, which aim to get people active and encourage a healthy life style.

“The response this year has been excellent.”
The event also saw the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Doris MacKnight, turn out to support walkers taking part.

And this year included the option of a scavenger hunt trail which was ideal for families and those with mobility issues.

Walkers taking part set off from Herrington Country Park.

Walkers taking part set off from Herrington Country Park.

While both the seven mile and 11 mile options take in the beautiful River Wear valley behind Penshaw Monument.

Laura added: “We have had children as young last three years old and adults in their 80s taking part.

“We have also had a number of charitable groups including MelonamaMe, Washington Mind and the mayor’s charity, Castletown Scout Group.”

A walker taking part with a bin on his back.

A walker taking part with a bin on his back.

Organisers were delighted with the number of people taking part.

Organisers were delighted with the number of people taking part.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's Big Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.

Walkers taking part in Sunderland's Big Walk set off from Herrington Country Park.