Wearside steps out on BIG Walk

Five hundred participants take part in the Active Sunderland BIG Walk 2015
Five hundred participants take part in the Active Sunderland BIG Walk 2015
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Hundreds of Wearsiders put their best foot forward to take part in this year’s Active Sunderland BIG Walk today.

Around 500 people signed up for the event, which saw two routes depart from the National Glass Centre, a 6.5 mile walk finishing at Washington Wetlands Centre and a more adventurous the 11.5 mile walk ending at Herrington Country Park.

Wearsiders stride out in the Active Sunderland BIG Walk 2015

Wearsiders stride out in the Active Sunderland BIG Walk 2015

Those taking part enjoyed a warm-up session conducted by star of BBC show The Apprentice, Katie Bulmer-Cooke, before setting off.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture said: “The BIG Walk continues to be a very popular event which is easily accessible to so many people. I think it is the perfect event to raise money for a chosen cause.”

Many walkers had sponsors and helped to raise money for charity or their favourite good cause. In addition to this for every entry received a £1 donation was made towards this year’s Mayoral charities, the North East Disability Resource Centre, Sunderland Armed Forces Network and Sunderland MIND.

Coun Kelly added: “It is great to have something such as this for all the family, and it is such a great opportunity to help others.”

BBC Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke leads people on a warm-up session before the Active Sunderland BIG Walk.

BBC Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke leads people on a warm-up session before the Active Sunderland BIG Walk.

After completing the BIG Walk all walkers received a medal and a goody bag and a free shuttle bus service took walkers back from both finishing venues to the car parks at the National Glass Centre.