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The Big Walk 2019

523 walkers took part in The Big Walk 2019 for Prostate Cymru on Saturday 13th July. The walk, which is in its sixth year, saw the participants walk a half marathon to Cowbridge or a marathon to Kenfig Hill from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Participants arrived bright and early on Saturday morning to start the walk inside the iconic Principality Stadium. A team of volunteers from the Admiral Group in Cardiff helped check the walkers in with the new QR code system as they headed into the stadium. Inside, many walkers embracing this year’s funky sunglasses theme watched good luck messages from Welsh and international celebrities including Louis Theroux, Ruth Jones and Sir Gareth Edwards CBE as well as grabbing selfies with the charity’s mascot Wesley The Walnut.

Compere for the morning Prostate Cymru ambassador Chris Jones gave a health and safety briefing and led a minute’s silence in memory of the two local men sadly killed on the railway at the beginning of the month. Following Chris, David Adnum returned to lead a fun zumba warm up to get all the walkers energised and special guest Max Boyce wished the walkers the very best of luck as they took on the challenge. Max also raised the spirits of the walkers with a rendition of Hymns and Arias as he cut the ribbon to officially start the walk.

Walkers were supported as they tackled the routes through Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend by a team of fifty marshalls and volunteers who ensured walkers were safe and provided snacks and water including items from our sponsors Radnor Hills, Benefit Drinks and Tregroes Waffles. St Johns Ambulance Cymru were a brilliant support throughout the route, assisting with first aid and injuries.

A special thank you is extended by the charity to the much needed recommended rest stops: The Aubrey Arms & The Old Post in St Nicholas, The Duke of Wellington in Cowbridge and Heronston Hotel in Bridgend. At the finish lines in Cowbridge and Kenfig Hill, the walkers were presented with medals and enjoyed food and live music as they relaxed following the challenge. Edwards Coaches and Cardiff Bus were also a fantastic support for walkers at the short route finish line providing shuttle services to the long route finish line for the afterparty and back to Cardiff for those who required transport respectively.

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