Girls power home to top £5,000

WE MADE IT: The team of women Nordic walkers, who rasied more than �5,000 for charity.

WE MADE IT: The team of women Nordic walkers, who rasied more than �5,000 for charity.

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WHILE Paralympians have been pushing their bodies to the limit for the last two weeks, nine walking enthusiasts undertook their very own marathon effort at the weekend.

A team of women walkers marched their way through 27 miles on Saturday, finishing at Waitrose in Sudbury, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The group, which only started Nordic walking – where walkers use ski poles to help propel themselves along – a year ago, raised £5,385 for the charity.

“We set ourselves the challenge in January and have worked really hard to be able to do this,” said Susie Collins from Liston.

“All of us know someone who has been affected by cancer and that made us even more determined.”

The team, including Sarah Norman, from Stoke by Clare, and Jo Goymour, from Bures, began walking at 8am in Toppesfield and braved blisters and rising temperatures to make their way through Hedingham, Gestingthorpe, Long Melford, Lavenham and Acton before arriving at their destination at 5.15pm.

“It was a great feeling when we saw the end in sight,” said Mrs Collins.

“We had collections along the way which were very well received and Waitrose supplied us with all the refreshments we needed to keep going.”

She added that the team was hopeful of adding to its fundraising total as Waitrose had allocated the group one of its donation boxes for its green token scheme this month. To donate, go to

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