GALLERY: Mercury Mendip Challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 June 2013

Nickola Noad, Tammy and Charlotte Ellis.

Nickola Noad, Tammy and Charlotte Ellis.

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HUNDREDS of keen walkers, joggers and race lovers helped smash last year's number of the Mercury Mendip Challenge's participants - making it one of Weston Hospicecare's biggest events.

The challenge is now in its 24th year and a total of 750 people took to the Mendip Hills on Sunday to walk or run various routes – 100 more than last year’s event.

Many of the active supporters of the Uphill-based charity also opted for a fancy dress theme on the day, donning wacky attire ranging from cowboy hats to Spiderman suits.

And the challenge suffered no ill effects by sharing its time slot with Cancer UK’s Race For Life, taking place on Weston beach on the same day.

Indeed, a number of runners joined the Mendip Challenge even after supporting the cancer fundraiser.

Georgie Southwick, from Milton, walked the Mendip Challenge with family and friends in memory of her friend Bev Pengelly, who she met 10 years ago when Bev was in remission.

Georgie said: “When her cancer returned, I would accompany her when she went for treatments and shared a lot with her during her lengthy battle with cancer.

“Bev spent several weeks at the hospice towards the end of her life and as much as she’d liked to have been at home with her family, she was happy.

“She passed away in January when I was on holiday. I was uneasy about going because I was worried that something might happen but she wouldn’t have let me stay. She was a wonderful friend.

“I felt that I had to do this walk for her, in her memory. This was the perfect way to remember Bev and raise money for others like her.”

The cash is now being counted and hospice staff believe the total will reach the £50,000 mark, which will be enough to pay for six weeks of community nursing team care or an entire week of all the hospice services.

Click on the gallery link on the right hand side to see more pictures of the event.

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