Midnight owls out in force for annual charity walk

Baliff Bridge Weightwatchers group lost a total of 400lbs before the Midnight Walk.
Baliff Bridge Weightwatchers group lost a total of 400lbs before the Midnight Walk.
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Midnight owls were in force on the weekend, as more than 850 people braved the pre winter chills in a charity marathon challenge.

It was a night for inspirational stories on Saturday, as hundreds of people came out to tackle the six and 13 miles walks in memory of friends and family to raise much needed funds for Overgate Hospice.

The walkers formed a sea of orange as they embarked across the previously unknown route, which travelled from Halifax down to West Vale, up to Greetland, through Barkisland and Ripponden and down into Sowerby Bridge before finishing in Halifax.

Rebecca Gill, event manager, said: “The atmosphere on the night was incredible and I want to thank every single one of our walkers for giving their time and energy to make the night the success that it was.

“I would also like to thank our incredible volunteers, our sponsors and all the wonderful people that added the little things that made the night come together to be our best Midnight Walk yet.”

Eleven month old Ava joinred mum Emma Ryan to be the youngest walker at the event, all in memory of Emma’s mum Maxine Noel - who spent time at Overgate before passing away earlier this year.

The oldest walker was 75 years old and complete the 13 mile walk in expert time.

A group of 13 Kirstie Lawton Weightwatchers members took the challenge with stride, as they celebrated their hard work after loosing 400lbs in total.

Anneliese Gray, a goal member, said: “Kristie is a great motivator and her classes are fantastic. After I did the walk last year, I vowed to Kristie I would reach my goal for this year and I did.”

Sponsorship from the event is still coming in but the hospice hopes to raise more than £60,000 to fund invaluable care for adults living with life-limiting illnesses throughout Calderdale.