Organisers hope for BIG turnout for Sunderland walk

Katie Bulmer-Cooke and her daughter Heidi, four, and dogs Bella and Bitz help launch Sunderland BIG Walk 2015 with Coun John Kelly, centre, and Active Sunderland Sport and physical activity delivery officers Simon Wardle, left, and Anthony Hindmarch.
Katie Bulmer-Cooke and her daughter Heidi, four, and dogs Bella and Bitz help launch Sunderland BIG Walk 2015 with Coun John Kelly, centre, and Active Sunderland Sport and physical activity delivery officers Simon Wardle, left, and Anthony Hindmarch.
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Wearsiders are being urged to put their best foot forward when Sunderland’s BIG Walk returns next month.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the event, now in its third year, on Sunday, September 20.

The two routes include, a 6.5-mile walk, ending at Washington Wetland Centre, and an 11.5-mile walk, ending at Herrington Country Park – with the top of Penshaw Hill also an option for the more adventurous.

Entry costs £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Everyone completing the walk receives a goodie bag and there is a free shuttle service back to the National Glass Centre, where the walks begin.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “The walk is a fantastic, inexpensive and active opportunity for everyone to have a great day out, surrounded by our beautiful scenery.

“It is also a great opportunity for anyone taking part to use the event to raise sponsorship for a charity, or their own chosen cause.”

Last year, more than 500 people stepped out for the walk, and organisers hope for an even bigger turnout this time.

Sunderland’s very own Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke will be at the event to do a pre-walk warm-up with all the participants.

She said: “Walking is a great way for families to have an enjoyable time and at the same time get fitter together.

“I’d encourage everyone to come along and take part in what is a fantastic event.”

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, September 16.

Visit www.activesunderland.org.uk for entry forms and more information.