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Cudeca charity Walkathon returns for sixteenth outing in Benalmádena

Participants in a previous Cudeca Walkathon along the seafront in Benalmádena.
Participants in a previous Cudeca Walkathon along the seafront in Benalmádena. / R. HAYNES
  • The walk will help raise funds for foundation that provides palliative care for those who suffer from incurable illnesses

The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice's annual Walkathon returns to Benalmádena for the sixteenth time on Sunday 20 May.

The walkathon, which takes place from the Hotel Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena, is open to everyone. Serious trekkers can take on the 10-kilometre challenge, which kicks off at 10.30am, while those who would prefer a more relaxed route can join the five or two-kilometre trails, which both begin at 12pm. Pets are also welcome.

The action-packed day promises a string of events, including live music, children's activities and paella. Attendees are also eligible for prizes which will be given to the adult and the child who raised most money, as well as to the largest team of walkers. Entrants also have the chance to walk away with a six-night stay in Portugal or four free tickets to Selwo Marina with a dolphin encounter included.

Cudeca, established in 1991, provides palliative care for those suffering from incurable illnesses throughout the province of Malaga, free of charge. The charity, founded by British retiree Joan Hunt OBE, and its specialist team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists offer care and support to more that 1,400 patients and family members.

To sign up for the Walkathon in advance, you can register up to two days before the event takes place, either online at www.cudeca.org; at the Hospice Centre in Benalmádena (Avda. Del Cosmos, s/n), or by visiting one of Cudeca's charity shops, located throughout the province of Malaga. The cost of registration is 10 euros for adults and six euros for children; a 20-euro family pack (which consists of children and two parents) is also available.

You can also register on the day itself, on the beach promenade next to the Beach Club, at a minimum of 30 minutes before the start of your chosen route.

The price for same-day registration is slightly higher, at 12 euro for adults (child and family pack prices remain the same).