THE pandemic prevented the annual Walk for Life Arboleas from going ahead this year, but it didn’t stop local people from rising to the challenge of doing their bit to support the cancer organisation.
Walk for Life Arboleas is a registered charity that helps people affected by cancer and in financial need, of all ages and nationalities within a 25-kilometre radius of the locality.
The charity raises money through donations and events, the main one being the annual six or three-kilometre walk around Arboleas.
Covid-19 meant the 2020 walk could not go ahead, but instead there was the 6k Any Way Challenge. People could walk, run, swim, do it on a treadmill or cycle the distance without gathering in groups.
Stuart Copeland was one of the people who walked the six-kilometre route, doing it on his own in just under an hour. Ceri Norman walked it with her husband.
Arboleas Town Hall staff, including the Mayor and Local Police officers, also walked the six kilometres, as did Ovie Ojiri and his gym members in just under an hour.
‘Paul the Pool’, his wife Anna Bedford and their daughters Imogen and Alannah did six kilometres a day over six days, doing the Walk for Life route on the last day.
Melanie Rayner ran it in 38 minutes.
Mick and Jane Thomas completed their six-kilometre walk in stages, Angela and Phil Kendal did theirs in in their local rambla and Nigel Bradder did 12 kilometres on his Elliptigo.
Eighty-four year-old Jean Bye did a three-kilometre walk very early in the morning to avoid the heat.
Anji and Craig Badley walked 20 kilometres, while Trudy Sailes completed six hours weeding.
Carly Flitney walked six kilometres every morning for six days around Saliente Alto.
Andrea Hollings and the Dawn Chorus Walkers completing an amazing 600 kilometres between them.
Maria Walter did six kilometres around Cerro Gordo, and Jacqui and Rob Allen ran six kilometres, three times a week, every week in June.
Alan Pearce did two kilometres in the pool, two walking and two on his exercise bike.
Holman Blackburn walked six kilometres to the rubbish bins and back wearing ankle weights. Judi Bedford-Keogh swam six kilometres in total within a month, and Claire Harper swam six kilometres every week for six weeks in her pool, the distance from Arboleas to Villaricos.
The El Rincon Pub Crawl went from El Rincon through citrus groves and across the Rambla to La Perla, visiting Bar Andaluz, Bar El Caril and Dora’s Bar in La Cinta, before walking back to El Rincon and Bar Castillo to celebrate completing their six-kilometre walk.
Then there was Carrie Ann Earl, who completed six kilometres a day on her treadmill ‘on horseback’.
All these sterling efforts have raised at least €4,500 Walk for Life Arboleas says, although the final amount is not yet confirmed.
For updates see the website walk4lifearboleas.com