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Cudeca Walkathon attracts 1,600 supporters

The Walkathon attracted 1,600 participants.
The Walkathon attracted 1,600 participants. / SUR
  • The Benalmádena promenade was invaded by a column of orange shirts as walkers joined the event to raise funds for the cancer hospice charity

Around 1,600 supporters took part in this year's Cudeca Walkathon event in Benalmádena on Sunday morning. Walkers were able to choose routes of ten, five or two kilometres, starting and finishing on the beach near the Sunset Beach Club.

All participants were given an orange T-shirt to wear, helping the organisation achieve its aim of raising awareness of its work to provide palliative care to those in the final stages of terminal illness.

The walkers prepared for their trek with the help of Cudeca's physiotherapist Carolina Martín, who took them through a warm-up routine.

Meanwhile activities for all the family took place throughout the morning on the seafront. Refreshments came in the form of a giant paella and live music was provided by Mel Williams, the Naima belly dancers, R-Jay, Motown & R'n'B, DJ Buyo and Consuelo Lallay.

Prizes were awarded for the participants who raised the most sponsor money and top fundraisers again this year were Bentle and Kim Gottlieb, who won a seven-night stay in Portugal, courtesy of Diamond Resorts International, for their efforts.

In second place were the Soroptimists, who received a medical check-up worth 1,000 euros provided by Vithas Xanit Hospital Internacional; and the third prize of two nights in a hotel of the Sunset Beach chain in Ireland was won by Chris Knapp.

The winners of the award for the most numerous group went to the Jacaranda school in Benalmádena, who won a selection of tickets to local attractions.

Walkathon donations can still be made on the website www.cudeca-events.org or through the Cudeca account at La Caixa: ES48 2100 7681 3523 00060031.