VIDEO: The Waendel Walk

People are taking part in the 34th International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough this weekend.

Large crowds were at The Castle theatre this morning for the popular event.

A number of individuals and walking enthusiasts are participating, along with groups who are supporting charities.

More than 30 people are taking part to raise money for Chelsea’s Angels, which supports children with rare forms of cancer.

Charity co-founder Michelle Tomkins said: “Huge crowds of people were here at 9am, ready to start walking.”

Emma Knighton, from Chelsea’s Angels, said: “We’re walking in a group, and we’re all wearing our pyjamas. We’re trying to raise awareness of our charity as much as we can.

“The Waendel Walk is a popular event and it’s always a good experience. We always try to have fun on the way round.”

The Wellingborough Girls Brigade are taking part. Lucy Ett, 19, from Wellingborough, said: “We have done the walk a few times in the past. We are doing the nine mile walk to raise money for our group and the Make a Wish Foundation.”

The Abington Guides are also walking today. Guide leader Alison Comery said: “We’ve got four guides walking today as we’re doing it as a nice Saturday morning activity.”

The Waendel Walk is the only event of its kind in the UK. Participants chose from a number of different routes ranging from 5km up to a marathon distance 42km.

Event coordinator Julia Wells, from Wellingborough Council, said: “The Waendel Walk is truly an international event and attracts walkers from all over the world.

“We’ve had people register from China, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Norway and Ireland, as well as lots of people from much closer to home. This has such a positive effect on our local economy, with hotels, guest houses and shops all getting a big boost in trade.

“We’re expecting more than 5,000 people to take part over the course of the weekend. Everyone enjoys taking part in the walks because not only are they safe and very professionally organised, but we also have stunning countryside that people may not have explored before. Even people from right here in Wellingborough are often still amazed to be walking through the beautiful scenery we have here right here on our doorstep.

“The Waendel Walk is a perfect opportunity to showcase to people from all over the globe what the borough has to offer.”