Striding out at night to help hospice patients

George Windsor with his family at St Luke's Hospice
George Windsor with his family at St Luke's Hospice
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Nearly 1,000 people are about to set off on the first Night Strider sponsored walk in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

The event, which replaces the old Starlight Walk through the Porter Valley, features two routes - a half marathon or 10k challenge.

The route goes from the city centre to Crookes, before heading out to Fulwood and High Storrs and then towards the hospice in Whirlow, before descending back into the city via Abbey Lane, Millhouses, Sharrow and the Botanical Gardens.

“There’s no question that this is a tough challenge, especially for the people who are taking part in the full half marathon walk but we’ve already had an incredible response,” said David Martin, events manager at St Luke’s.

“We aim to see Night Strider become one of Sheffield’s biggest and most popular annual sponsored challenge events.”

Among the many walkers will be Alicia Windsor, a teaching assistant from Woodseats.

Alicia’s father George was a patient at the hospice before his death from bowel cancer earlier this year.

“I’ll be doing the full half marathon route with my friend Rebecca while my mum and uncle Martin will be doing the 10k route,” said Alicia.

“What I do know is that it will be an emotional but also a rewarding evening but it’s going to be worth it if we can raise some money for St Luke’s.”

The walk starts in Tudor Square at 9.30pm on Saturday. There will be no road closures - participants will walk along footpaths.

n Visit www.nightstrider.co.uk for details. Registration is now closed.