Step up to keep annual Round Louth Walk on track for charity
ORGANISERS of the Round Louth Walk hope it will continue for another 100 years.
As David Bolland, Mike Preen and Jenny Crooks bowed out at the 14th charity walk, they expect another charity will step in to organise it for the future.
More than £22,000 has been raised by walkers since it started in 2000.
Local charities have benefited as each year the organisers chose a different charity.
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Proceeds from the 2013 Round Louth Walk, which started at the rear of Hubbard's Hills on Sunday, will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Many of the walkers chose the two or six-mile routes while several completed the full 14-mile walk.
Mr Bolland said: "It is sad it is the end in a way. I just feel we have run out of steam and it is time for someone else to take over the reins. One or two charities are interested.
"Another charity will take it over because the walk is so well supported. It is great to see people from all over coming to Louth for the day. I would like to come along next year and do it myself."
He added: "I could not have done it without Mike and Jenny. It has been a wonderful time. Having it on the first Sunday of the new year is vital. People want to help others and usually want to lose some weight after Christmas."
Tanya Taylor, a fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: "We are thrilled and delighted with the support. All the money raised will go towards improving the lives of those affected by cancer.
"Cancer will eventually affect one in three people.
"It is amazing how well the organisers have done. There are people who have done it every year and wear the badges they get from each walk with pride."
"Walking promotes a healthy lifestyle and I am looking forward to joining the walk."
Around half the walkers were from outside of Louth and about 30 per cent from Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
Lisa Courtney, 40, who works for St Andrew's Hospice, in Grimsby, joined her daughter Paris, 8, for the walk.
She said: "We do it every year. I am a friend of David and it is good to start the new year with a new regime of exercise and diet."
Neil Tuxworth, 60, the team manager of the Louth-based Honda Racing Team, said: "I have done it every year that I am available. My wife Carina and I have come along with a group of friends. It is a good social event. It raises money for a good cause and we all enjoy it. I go swimming most mornings to keep fit.
"I remember doing the Kennedy Memorial run which was 52 miles from Louth to Skegness and back. I did that four times."
Louis Jackson, 67, of Humberston, joined the walk with his wife Margaret and ten members of Grimsby Fell Walking Club.
He said: "I have been thankful to Macmillan this year for the support they have given after my traumatic time. I have had their support. It is a very good cause.
"We look forward to the walk each year."
Michael Smith, 73, of Great Carlton, also joined in.
He said: "I enjoy the walk and come along with the family. This is my third time."
His daughter Joanne Patch, 39, of Little Carlton, near Louth, said: "David has been persuasive with a lot of the members at Kenwick health club. He is my running partner.
"Sometimes we have got lost on the walk. One year we followed some random dog walkers and ended up doing eight miles instead of six."
She was joined by her daughter Emily, 15, of Louth Dolphins swimming club and Victoria, 9, and Robert, 8.
Representatives of the Lincolnshire Quest friendship group also took part along with members of 4th Louth Scout Group.
Walkers were treated to refreshments by owners of Brackenborough Hall, Paul and Flora Bennett, on the second leg of the walk.
Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph to find out how much was raised this year.