Tuesday 28 May 2019
A record entry of participants and their four-legged friends took part in the 2019 Dandara-sponsored Harbour2Harbour Walk on Sunday 19th May.
A total of 691 people entered the family-friendly walk, including more than 40 dogs, making this year’s the biggest in the event’s history. Starting on Port Erin Promenade, walkers followed a nine-mile route along the Island’s stunning coastline to Castletown Square. There was also a second start in Port St Mary for those who preferred a shorter, flatter walk.
Award-winning homebuilder Dandara was pleased to sponsor the event for the fourth consecutive year, as it raised all-important funds for three local charities; Southern Community Initiatives, Men in Sheds and SPort Erin.
The final total is still being calculated, but organisers have confirmed that more than £7,000 has already been collected for the beneficiary charities. The funds will be distributed to each cause and used to improve their services and continue the work they carry out in the southern community.
Event co-ordinator Janet Bridle said this year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk was by far the biggest and best yet, with almost the maximum number of 700 participants signed up. She explained:
We had an amazing turnout and it was fantastic to see so many happy, smiling faces along the route - there was a real community spirit present from start to finish. It was also a joy to hang up my organisational duties for the day and take part in the walk for the first time - my personal highlight was walking passed those fabulous rock formations along Scarlett with a lovely lady who had come on the bus from Douglas to do the Harbour2Harbour walk, taking in the beautiful sea views.
I was very impressed with the number of young people who joined in the walk - some as young as six years old. Nine miles is no mean feat for most, never mind those who have such little legs! I was delighted to see so many families, young and old, getting into the spirit of the event and enjoying each other’s company along the way.
I’d like to thank everyone who took part and my team of wonderful volunteers for ensuring the event went without a hitch, thanks also goes out to our fantastic sponsor Dandara for being so supportive throughout.
With more than £7,000 already raised and final funds still being calculated, it really has been a bumper year. All three charities will benefit greatly from this fundraising event, and the money will go directly towards projects and initiatives for the benefit of people in our community.
Dandara Marketing Manager Angela Beresford said:
Each year the Harbour2Harbour Walk goes from strength-to-strength and it’s wonderful to see yet another record-breaking number of entries and fundraising total. It just goes to show what a popular and well-organised event it is; bringing people together from across the Island.
It has been a pleasure to work alongside Janet and her team as sponsor of the 2019 Harbour2Harbour Walk and we congratulate them for organising another hugely successful community event.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk, you can stay up-to-date by following the Harbour2Harbour page on Facebook.
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