More than 6,500 walkers took to Wellingborough’s town, streets and countryside to join in the 40th Waendel Walk last weekend, making this year the highest recorded number of participants ever.
People of all ages put their best foot forward and took part in routes ranging from a gentle 3km to a more challenging 42km on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May.
The weekend kick started on Friday evening with an opening ceremony and parade at the Castle Theatre followed by 5km and 10km friendship walks, where youngsters were awarded an exclusive ‘Simba the Lion’ medal for their efforts.
Walkers spent time exploring the borough partaking in more than 16 different routes on Saturday and Sunday, and celebrated the weekend on Sunday evening with a closing ceremony at the Castle Theatre.
The Castle Theatre hosted free entertainment all weekend, with performances from the Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre and talented local musicians.
Julia Wells, Events Officer at the Borough Council of Wellingborough, said: “The Waendel Walk is an important date in Wellingborough’s calendar every year, however, this year was made even more special by the fact that the event is now in its 40th year.
“People come to Wellingborough from all over the world to take part in the event, and this year we saw the highest ever number of walkers with more than 6,500 people completing one of 16 routes. We would like to thank all of the volunteers, stewards, entertainers and the Castle Theatre in helping us achieve this record-breaking event and we are already looking forward to making next year bigger and better.”
To keep up to date with next year’s event and for more information visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/waendelwalk