Northamptonshire ladies put breast foot forward in overnight marathon

Vivienne Gilbert and friends at Northampton Racecourse
Vivienne Gilbert and friends at Northampton Racecourse

Dozens of women from Northamptonshire are preparing to complete a walking marathon around London in their bras... in the dark.

They are taking part in Moonwalk 2015 in tribute to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Among them are 12 friends of Vivienne Gilbert aged from 25 to 53 who, together with Mrs Gilbert herself, will walk the 26.2 mile course with 15,000 other women on May 16.

They will be raising money for the Walk the Walk charity.

Mrs Gilbert’s friend Carol said: “This is a charity which we all feel very passionate about as Vivienne has recently won her battle of breast cancer and we are all inspired to raise as much money and awareness as possible.”

The Moonwalk theme this year is A Night at the Movies hence the friends’ group name The Screamers, after the Scream spoof horror films.

Carol said: “We already have four collection tins in local hairdressers, pubs, hospitals and workplaces.

“We started with a target of £1000, which we have exceeded, and are currently heading towards £2000. Ideally, though, we would like to raise £3000.”

Almost 100 people have sponsored the Screamers on their charity donations page, which is here.
Meanwhile Sophie Griggs, from Brackley, and Sue Treffler, from Bicester, who both work at Caterparts in Brackley will be taking on the walk for the second year in a row.

Sophie said: “Come rain or shine, we have followed a strict training programme over the last few months and are aiming to complete our longest training walk of 20 miles.”

So far they have raised more than £500 of their £750 target, with a further pledge of £150 from their company

With a current training pace of around 15 minutes per mile, Sophie and Sue are aiming to complete the route in around 6.5 – 7 hours and will reach the finish line in the early hours of the following morning.

To help boost Sophie and Sue’s fundraising targets click here .