Lanark duo will walk Over the Moon in double challenge

Mother and daughter aim to walk double the distance.
Mother and daughter aim to walk double the distance.

Lanark mother and daughter Linda Anderson and Louise Mackie are taking on a double challenge in this year’s MoonWalk Scotland in Edinburgh.

Once the regular walkers are finishing the marathon-length course, they will be setting out to do it all again – a total of 52.4 miles.

“We have taken part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk every year since it started,” said Linda. “This year, we are part of a small group doing a double circuit with a 14-hour time limit.

On Saturday, June 10, they will be among thousands of men and women walking through the capital at midnight wearing the charity’s trademark decorated bras – this year with a jungle safari theme – to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Linda said: “A very close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2005, and we were desperate to do something to help, so when we heard about the launch of MoonWalk Scotland a few weeks later, the answer was staring us in the face.

“We signed up straight away, then started training.

“We completed our first marathon walk in about eight and a half hours and were sore for days, but we were hooked.

“The atmosphere in the MoonWalk tent was amazing as 8,000 women and a handful of men, all wearing decorated bras, held hands during a minute’s silence before setting off through the streets of Edinburgh.

“Louise and I have taken part in the MoonWalk every year since then and last year completed marathon walks in London, Edinburgh and Iceland.

“This year, Louise decided we needed a bigger challenge.

“This is a huge challenge, so we’re pretty nervous, hitting the training walks hard and hoping to raise £1,000 to support the amazing work done by Walk the Walk.”

Over the last 12 years, more than 80,000 people have taken part in the MoonWalk Scotland, raising over £19.6m for the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Linda, 61, a part-time office worker at Lanark Grammar School, reckons she and Louise, 35, an actuary now living living in South Queenferrry, will have raised at least £10,000 over the years.

To support them this year, go to moonwalkscotland2017.everydayhero.com/uk/linda-anderson or, alternatively, to moonwalkscotland2017.
everydayhero.com/uk/louise

And the friend who started it all? She recovered and has also completed a couple of MoonWalks.