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WALKERS STEP FORWARD FOR WALK THE WIGHT

walkthewight2013_006Over 10,000 walkers are this morning stepping forward to take part in this year’s Walk the Wight in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

People (and dogs) of all ages are today (Sunday) raising much-needed funds for the Newport-based hospice in what is the 22nd year of the event. Many are taking on the challenge of 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles, with the main walk starting bright and early at 06:30 this morning. Some walkers opt for a 12.5 stretch to Carisbrooke, or a 14 mile stomp from Carisbrooke to the Needles.

walkthewight2013_014For the less adventurous, the disabled and for children, the ever-growing flat walk between Sandown and Shide is once again popular this year.

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Walkers set off from Bembridge at 06:30, with the first group of runners reaching The Downs and Knighton within 45 minutes.

UPDATE @ 09:29 – Walkers are now pushing forward to Carisbrooke with the early starters already reaching Arreton.

A few clouds are starting to creep in with a cold breeze, but all those taking part remain in good spirits.

walkthewight2013_004UPDATE @ 12:00 – The clouds are starting to roll in as walkers head towards Freshwater Bay for the final leg of Walk the Wight.

The flat walk is nearly over for most, which started at 09:30

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Check Island Echo throughout the day for a gallery of photographs from Bembridge, Merstone and Carisbrooke as our photographers hit the road.

It’s not too late to do your bit for Walk the Wight – Simply text WTW to 70007 to donate £3 to Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message. From most donors EMH will receive the full £3 with a minimum of £2.97 depending on your network provider.

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