The Ipswich East Rotary Club, organisers of this year’s Orwell Walk, Run and Cycle are celebrating after it’s been revealed that over £100,000 has been raised by this year’s event.
The Orwell Walk was first organised 40 years ago and then three years ago the club added the Orwell Cycle. New for this year was the Orwell Run. Despite a rather wet start to the day, over 1,000 people turned up at the event’s headquarters at Gainsborough Sports Centre to take part.
John Button, Orwell Walk Chief Organiser said of this year’s event, “This is the major event in the calendar of the Rotary Club of Ipswich East and relies on the full support of all Club members, wives, husbands and family to facilitate it, but the sum raised and the fantastic feedback from those taking part make the hard work all worthwhile. Despite atrocious weather early on the feedback from participants has been really positive. Here’s to next year when we aim to offer a Trail Marathon for our runners. Thanks to all our members and helpers for making this a really special day”
Michelle Bevan-Margetts, current President of the Ipswich East Rotary Club added, “We were delighted to see Ipswich Mayor Roger Fern there on the day. Not only did he come along to some of the checkpoints to encourage those still walking, running and cycling he also took part himself, earlier in the day, cycling in the rain for 14 miles for his two Mayoral charities, which was an extremely commendable feat.”
This year’s event, which was sponsored by the East of England Co-op, is estimated to have raised £106,000 for local charities by participants walking, running or cycling along the Orwell Estuary.
Next year’s date has already been set by the Rotary Club, it is to be held on Sunday 25th June, 2017 and registration will be open from 1st September 2016 via www.orwellwalk.co.uk