Town players back Midnight Walk as 1,000 people sign up for fitness challenge

Ipswich Town Football players are encouraging men and women wanting to improve their fitness to take on the challenge of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Midnight Walk.

Over 1,000 people have already signed up for the annual fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday 10th May starting and finishing at Ipswich Town Football Club.

This year there is a new 13-mile half-marathon style route which is proving popular with walkers and runners.

Defender Tommy Smith said: “The Midnight Walk is a fantastic opportunity to support St Elizabeth Hospice and raise money to help them continue the invaluable work they do in our local community. 

“It is open to anyone aged 13 or over with different fitness levels as there are three routes to choose from this year; five miles, eight miles and the half-marathon. You can run or walk and can even change your mind on the night about which route to take.” 

Town midfielder Cole Skuse added: “It’s a fun way to get in shape and fundraise for the Hospice at the same time. Start to train as soon as possible and challenge yourself. Make sure you stretch before and after each session and drink plenty of water.”

Everyone will be encouraged to dress up country and western-style on the night in the Cowboys and Cowgirls’ theme.

All participants are asked to raise sponsorship.
Last year around 1,300 men and women took part, raising £150,000 for the Hospice.

Leanne Carhart, Events Fundraiser, said: “We have over 1,000 people signed up for the Midnight Walk already, which is fantastic. We hope this year’s Midnight Walk will be the best ever, with lots of money raised for local Hospice care for local people.”

Midnight Walkers often take part in groups as a fitness challenge, in memory of a friend or relative or just to have a fun night out. 
Registration is £15, click here to sign up now.

The Midnight Walk 2014 is supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star and Town 102.

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