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Walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013
Walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013
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The charity fundraising MoonWalk Edinburgh attracted local walkers on Saturday night.

An estimated 10,000 participants left Leith Links at midnight to tackle the new New Moon (6.55 miles), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (26.2 miles) and, also new this year, Over the Moon (52.4 miles) walks organised by grant-making breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.

Walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013

Walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013

Full Moon hiker Caroline Pilcher raised about £800 and completed the route with Joanne Ayling and Jill Wight. She said: “Now that the pain in my feet has subsided, it was a brilliant experience! Having not sustained any blisters in my training, I got two nasty ones at about mile 18. It’s the last six or eight miles that are the true killer and you have to dig deep. The only comfort was that everyone was walking like penguins at this stage!”

Completing the New Moon were Peebles mum Karen Turton with her daughter Iona Fox and her daughter’s friend, Ariana Harris, both 10 and among the youngest there.

Karen said: “It was a power walk and it was very good. It was the girls’ idea – we were at the outdoors pursuits exhibition in Edinburgh in April and they were attracted to the Walk the Walk stand and we pretty much signed up then.”

Peebles walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013''left to right Iona Fox, Ariana Harris, and Karen Turton

Peebles walkers at The Edinburgh Moonwalk 2013''left to right Iona Fox, Ariana Harris, and Karen Turton

Moonwalk 2013 Leith Links Edinburgh'Pic Neil Hanna

Moonwalk 2013 Leith Links Edinburgh'Pic Neil Hanna