Phoebe and Debs will be walking on the moon; MUM AND DAUGHTER STEP OUT TO HELP CHARITY.
Byline: ALISON RENNIE
A mum is sharing her love of walking and fundraising with her ten-year-old daughter.
Debs Horsfall did her first MoonWalk challenge in 2004 when she completed a 5k.
She fancied a bigger challenge, so did the full marathon distance in London in 2005.
After that, she admits she was hooked on Walk the Walk events and has taken part in several marathon and half-marathon walks since then, as well as volunteering at the walks in London and Edinburgh.
The Moonwalk is organised by grant-making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.
There are several walks planned in the UK, with Moonwalk Scotland taking place on the night of Saturday, June 8. And this year lining up in Edinburgh with thousands of other women, men and young people will be Debs and her daughter Phoebe.
Debs, 40, from Bridge of Weir, said: "This year, my daughter Phoebe is 10 and she is now old enough to do her first Walk the Walk event with me.
"As part of our training, Phoebe and I walk to and from school every day and take a long walk with our dog at the weekends. We are both nervous about her first event, but I know she'll love being part of it.
"The New Moon Challenge is just 6.55 miles, which is the perfect challenge for those that can't, or prefer not to, walk a longer distance.
"Not only will Phoebe and I be walking this year, but joining us will be my sister Laura and my nieces Alice, 11 and Tanith, who's ten. We have asked friends and family to sponsor us and they have been very supportive of Phoebe walking for the first time."
Debs, who's also mum to nine-year-old Oliver and Phoebe's twin brother Isaac, said that as someone who isn't sporty, she's found the walks empowering.
"The idea of walking around London or Edinburgh in a decorated bra with thousands of other women really spoke to me," she said.
"I've also never been sporty, so I was delighted to find something I enjoyed at my own pace, but that would also benefit my health. It was fun too."
Debs said Phoebe, a P6 pupil at Bridge of Weir Primary, has always been interested in the walks and is excited to be taking part for the first time.
The walk will start around 11.30pm and should finish around 2am.
This year, walkers will be wearing bras based on this year's circus theme. But Debs said she and the schoolgirls will be wearing their Walk the Walk T-shirts instead.
Debs said: "I have always loved decorating my bra for the events, but this time we will all be wearing our Walk The Walk bra T-shirts with pride. The girls were disappointed we won't allow them to wear decorated bras until they're a little older.
"Anyone can put on a pair of trainers and get walking. You are doing something amazing for yourself before you even get to the event."
." ? Entries for the MoonWalk Scotland close at midnight tomorrow. Sign up now at walkthewalk.or
Charity champ Debs and husband Graeme after the Bristol Sunwalk in 2007 and, right, Debs completing the Edinburgh Half Moon in 2014
Best feet forward Phoebe and Debs put in some training
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|Publication:||Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)|
|Date:||May 30, 2019|
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