Thousands MoonWalk through the night for charity

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

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Thousands of people of all ages took to the streets of Edinburgh overnight to get involved in a tartan-themed MoonWalk in aid of charity.

The annual event saw women and men participate in either a half, full or double marathon walk through the city’s streets to raise money to help fight breast cancer and raise awareness of the disease.

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

The walk, which began at midnight and ran through to Sunday morning, saw participants wearing decorated bras adorned with all things Scottish, such as thistles, saltires and tartan.

Organisers of the event, breast cancer charity Walk the Walk, said more than £400,000 had been raised this year’s walk before participants had even set off from Holyrood Park.

The charity said most of the money raised by MoonWalk Scotland stays in the country to help improve the lives of people with cancer.

Nina Barough, the founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk, said: “It’s been a magnificent night. We had lots of children taking part in the quarter marathon, New Moon, and it was great seeing the children getting their medals.”

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

The Moonwalk Scotland 2016: Pic: Neil Hanna

She added: “We had more people taking part than last year and it’s very special to see people in Scotland uniting together to make a difference.”

The event has raised more than £19 million to date, with the money going to the likes of Maggie’s cancer care centres and the breast cancer institute at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.