Thousands to hit streets for cancer charity events

Inmates at Saughton do their bit for the Moonwalk cause within the prison walls. Picture: Neil Hanna
Inmates at Saughton do their bit for the Moonwalk cause within the prison walls. Picture: Neil Hanna
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THOUSANDS of women will take to the streets of the Capital this weekend wearing brightly-decorated bras or colourful outfits to show their unity in the fight against cancer.

Joyous walkers are to take on the night for the tenth MoonWalk Scotland today, while runners will tackle Race for Life 5km and 10km races for Cancer Research UK tomorrow.

Convicts at Saughton have joined in the fun within the prison walls by donning T-shirts adorned with bras for their own version of the MoonWalk yesterday.

One of the female inmates heard about the event last year and suggested a similar event be held behind bars. It was such a success that the Lunar Walk was held again yesterday, with 37 offenders and several staff members power-walking 70 times around the prison exercise yard.

Nina Barough, founder and chief executive of the MoonWalk, said: “It is inspiring as the staff have said it is the only thing they organise which has a 100 per cent take-up.”

Excitement is building at the start line in Inverleith Park, she said, as participants clad in crazy clothes to fit the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme set off around the Capital.

Leading the charge will be grandmother Margaret Graham, who has taken part in every MoonWalk Scotland since the event was launched in 2006 and shows no sign of slowing down. The 66-year-old had lost her mother-in-law, her cousin, her godmother and a number of friends to breast cancer before her first race.

Margaret, who lives in Broxburn, said: “Since then I have always had someone to run for each year, but everyone has beaten the disease.

“That’s what it is all about, to make sure breast cancer is not a death sentence any more.”

Legions of women in pink also be taking part in Race for Life events in the Capital, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. More than 1400 women are set to take on the Pretty Muddy, a 5km obstacle course in Dalkeith Country Park which kicks off at 10am today.

Then tomorrow the party will move to Holyrood Park for the 5km and 10km Race for Life events from 10am.