Walkers take on the charity challenge

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ORGANISERS of a charity walk in aid of military charities say they were disappointed with the weekend turnout and have issued a rallying call to get more businesses involved in next years event.

More than 100 people took part in the walks in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, completing distances of 26, 16 or six miles. They raised £2,000 which will be split between The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Society, the RAF Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soldiers Charity and the Royal British Legion.

Catherine Buchanan said the numbers taking part was down on last year’s inaugural event, something she attribute in part due to a decision not to allow runners this year, and also due to the fact that many people were away for the Royal Wedding weekend.

Those who did take part enjoyed a pre-warm up with Liberte Fitness – St Edmundsbury Borough mayor Ian Houlder joining in, while Adrienne Wakeling, Suffolk manager of the Royal British Legion walked 15 miles at the start of a 90-mile challenge to mark 90 years of the RBL. Businesses wanting to get involved next year can email callsaints@btinternet.com