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The SunWalk® - Bristol 2010. Walk the Walk
Volunteer Massage Therapy at Walk the WalkWalk the Walk is a charity raising money and awareness for breast cancer research and cancer care
The SunWalk Bristol 2010 (4th July) at Ashton Court Estate
I was pleased to be invited to head up the massage tent as Team Leader for all the walkers going on, and coming back from, their long hikes into Bristol city centre and around the glorious grounds of the Ashton Court Estate.
I was rather less thrilled when I heard the weather forecast on Saturday which said Sunday was going to be rainy and somewhat less than the recent heatwave we had been blessed with for several weeks beforehand. In the end it was a fantastically wonderful day, and as the walkers arrived back at the finish line the dark clouds began to gather. I was packing up my couch and belongings at around 4:15pm after the last walkers and their supporters had gone. On the way home, down came the rain - now that's what I call good timing! Sorry Simon and Ian, I realize you still had a lot of clearing up to do after we'd all gone home.
I hope you enjoy these few pictures that we had time to snap inbetween working flat out in the massage tent.
As the walkers gathered it felt a bit like a music festival, but a lot more colourful and a lot less wellies. Around 1300 walkers took part, most opting for the longer half marathon walk into Bristol city centre and back.
After a rousing warm up they took off (or rather walked off) into the distant woodland of Ashton Court and disappeared. The 10k left a few minutes later and then the 5k walkers.
The main colour of the day is pink, but the fabulously multi-coloured, flowery hats and bras looked like the Chelsea Flower Show, only moving. People appeared painted and tattooed on every bit of skin that showed, to the point that even the people I knew, I could hardly recognize.
Everyone seemed to have a great day, and even the men had colourful bras on, perhaps in support of wives, or mum's, or sisters, who had either survived, or not survived, breast cancer (Or maybe they just liked dressing up. I didn't get the chance to interview any). In the end, they walked too and together helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for breast cancer research, and even the practical things like vital hospital equipment.
You can get involved by going here: http://www.walkthewalk.org
Best BOOB Forward! Go on, take up the challenge next year and let's do it all again. Choose the 5k, 10k, or half marathon and work together to do something really important. Let's do all we can to beat the scourge of breast cancer and win!
TRAINING FOR A LONG WALK, RUN OR CHARITY EVENT? If you are doing any kind of charity event, run, or long walk, you need to train beforehand and gradually build up your stamina and endurance. This ensures you will perform on the day and succeed, without sustaining an overuse or strain injury. I regularly work with people participating in fun runs, the MoonWalk, other charity events, sportsmen and women of all interests including tennis, golfers, trampolining, athletics and marathon runners. If you are training for any kind of sporting activity, then I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for assistance with sports massage and/or sports related injury. Click here for appointments and contact details. I look forward to welcoming you soon where we can talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs. Phil.
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