MORE than 500 people participated in this year’s Walk For Life event held in Arboleas raising more than €6,000 for local charities. Wednesday April 20 was a date many of us had in out diaries for quite a while and as the day approached with forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms the Gods must have been with us as we were blessed with clear blue skies and a wonderfully warm day.
“Even as you walked to the start point of the Town Hall in Arboleas you could feel the atmosphere grabbing you,” says Jenni Rock who led the Euro Weekly News (EWN) team.
“There was not a space available in the square, just a mass of happy faces (human and animal) all getting geared up for the 6 kilometre walk, totals showed that there was over 500 walkers ready and waiting for the ribbon to be cut and the walk to start,” she said.,
After a short speech from the local Mayor the ribbon was cut and the participants were off, with the help of the local police and council workers many of the streets were blocked off to enable the runners and walkers to enjoy the sixkilometres of beautiful countryside. “With the warm weather we were all extremely grateful for the bottles of water at the water stations that were sponsored by EWN,” Jenni says.
1st to cross the finish line was Casey Clover from Albox Rugby Club; 2nd was Mandy from Sophia’s; and 3rd was Dan also from Albox Rugby Club.
The EWN team managed to finish in a respectable 1hr 20mins and even managed a slight sprint up the hill to the finish line.
The fun continued well in to the night with well over 1,000 people in the square to watch the entertainment from Sue’s Salsa Girls, Dusty Boots Line Dancing, Trevor’s Rock n Roll team and the Spanish Flamenco dancers.
Raffles tickets were also sold throughout the day to add to the sponsorship money for this worthy cause.
All in all a fantastic day was had by all and “the organizers at Sophia’s Wellness Centre in Arboleas did an amazing job enabling it all to run like clockwork. They have asked us to say a BIG thank you on there behalf to everybody who helped to make this day such a success,” Jenni said.
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