Charity walk raises awareness

Walk It Rutland for Crohn's and Colitis UK at Rutland Water
Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160305-134938001

Walk It Rutland for Crohn's and Colitis UK at Rutland Water Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160305-134938001

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More than 300 people walked or cycled around the shores of Rutland Water on Sunday for the first in a nationwide series of events for a little-known charity.

The charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK held Walk It Rutland on Sunday and 370 people took part - either completing a 5K or 10K walk, or a 25km or 40km cycle route.

The route took in the bluebell woods and the shores of the reservoir. Entertainment was provided by Street Three jazz band.

Susan Foster, 43, from Stamford, took part in the 10k walk with her partner and two friends.

She said: “One of our son’s has Crohn’s so we like to try and do what we can to raise money and awareness for the charity.

“It was a fantastic day, especially getting the chance to meet up with old friends and other people in a similar situation.”

Ian Talbot, from Corby, took part in the 5K walk with his wife, Lisa, and dog, Toby.

He said: “I was diagnosed with Crohn’s 15 years ago and I’ve been wanting to do some sort of fundraising for a while so when I saw this was happening I decided I sign up.

“I find that most people don’t know anything about Crohn’s, hopefully this will help get the information out there.”

The aim was to raise awareness and funds for inflammatory bowel disasease, a condition that impacts more than 300,000 people in the UK.

But the conditions are often hidden so many people have no idea about Crohn’s and colitis, so organisers were delighted with how Sunday’s event went.