WORDS OF WIS­DOM from the women who’ve been there…

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‘BUILD UP GRAD­U­ALLY AND FIND YOUR­SELF A BUDDY’

For Paula Wight, 43, the jour­ney be­gan when she saw an ad for the Moon­walk in a news­pa­per: ‘I started small, with just two miles a day, and grad­u­ally in­creased it to three or four, then eight miles at a week­end and fi­nally 11. Sign­ing up for the Moon­walk and ask­ing a friend to join me re­ally helped, be­cause it gave me some­thing to aim for and meant I didn’t want to let my­self or my friend down.’

‘TAKE THE TRAIN­ING SE­RI­OUSLY’

Vet­eran marathon walker Yvonne Cun­ning­ham, 53, has 14 Moon­walks and four Sun­walks un­der her belt. ‘Any­one can do it, but don’t make the mis­take of think­ing it’s only a walk – you do need to train. When I did my first walk 10 years ago, I was over­weight and hadn’t done any reg­u­lar ex­er­cise since I was 18. When the train­ing gets tough, fo­cus on what you’ve al­ready achieved.’

‘BRAVE THE EL­E­MENTS’

De­ter­mined to be ready for any­thing, Dawn San­di­son, 41, trained in all weath­ers for her first Moon­walk last year. ‘You don’t know what the weather will be like on the night – and, in fact, it ac­tu­ally rained for the last four-and-a-half miles of the real thing.’

‘SET YOUR OWN PACE’

Just 360 days af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, Jackie Scantle­bury, 49, did her first Moon­walk. ‘I started train­ing in Fe­bru­ary right af­ter fin­ish­ing treat­ment, but I still man­aged the Moon­walk in June! You’ll be sur­prised at how quickly you build up your fit­ness and stamina. My ad­vice is not to be too hard on your­self – it’s a way of get­ting fit, hav­ing fun and rais­ing some money – so have a plan, but be flex­i­ble. It should be en­joy­able.’

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