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WE'RE ALL WALKING FOR GOOD CAUSES; ++ COVENTRY WALKATHON ++.

DOUBLE heart bypass patient Gren O'Hagan was among hundreds of fundraisers pounding the pavement for charity at Coventry's annual Walkathon.

The 59-year-old, from Rookery Lane, Holbrooks, was taking part for the first time since undergoing surgery and was joined by friends and family, including wife Maggie, to tackle the course as temperatures soared.

They had also lost family to cancer and their efforts raised around pounds 350 to be split between the University Hospital's heart ward and Arden Cancer Centre.

"I had a double heart bypass four years ago so really it's to put some money back into the system for that," said Gren.

"I feel fine - the exercise will do me good and I think people should get involved."

Joining Gren's team of walkers was 44-year-old engineer Mark Crowley, from Coundon Green, Coundon.

He said: "We've done it for the last five years.

"It's a good day out and you don't mind being out on a day like this."

The procession was led off from the War Memorial Park by video production company owner Stuart Kettell, aged 43, of Kings Park Drive, Binley, on a pennyfarthing for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He was using the event to train for a 1,000-mile trip in September from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise funds for the same charity.

Other intrepid participants included Ewan's Army, led by 44-year-old Denise Collinson, of Kingsway, Stoke, who was inspired by her grandson Ewan Humphries who has cerebral palsy.

Ewan featured in the Coventry Telegraph earlier this year after proving doctors wrong by mastering lifting his head, speaking and crawling.

Mrs Collinson said: "This is our fifth Walkathon and we walk every year to raise money for Scope Coventry and Warwickshire.

"It's a really nice, fun day out to keep fit and raise money for local charities. People should give it a try."

Restaurant manager Amarni Ahmed, aged 25, from Cambridge Street, Hillfields, was among 11 members of his family taking part.

He said the family enjoyed getting involved in such events like Sport Relief and had raised pounds 100 from the their efforts at the Walkathon although they were yet to decide on the charity to donate it to.

They were joined by other teams of walkers including young carers organisation Young Voices of 12 and Team Mexico which was aiming to raise money for Guide and Finham Park pupil Stephanie Lilley who is one of four Guides chosen to represent Coventry at the World Guide Camp in Cabana, Mexico next Easter.

Lord mayor Dave Batten praised all their charity efforts and dedication, describing them as "incredible".

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WORDS: Andy Hutson PICTURES: Michelle Sperry; MS110508WALK19; MS110508WALK7 EWAN'S ARMY... Veronica Payne (left), Denise Collinson, Linda Tressler, Laura Tressler, Marie Kruba and (front) Mark Collinson, Alan Payne and Rob Forsdike raising money for disability organisation Scope.; MS110508WALK8 READY TO GO... Double heart bypass patient Gren O'Hagan holds his hand aloft as he gets ready for the walk with (from left) Mark Crowley, Matt Gidleigh, Hayley Wright, Vicky Wright, Georgia Hewlett, aged 16 months, Leah Crowley, 13, Maggie O'Hagan, Madi Crawley and Becky Hewlett who are all raising money for University Hospital, Coventry, where Glen had his bypass operation.; MS110508WALK9 FAMILY OUTING... Restaurant manager Armani Ahmed (front left) and the 10 members of his family who joined him on the walk. On his left Abdul Majid, 8, Mohim Uddien, 8, Kayes Ahmed, 15, and Asha Uddien (back, from left) Romana Begum,13, Hasina Begum, 10, Husna Begum, 14, Shazna Begum, 17, Abdul Azim, 12, and Mohammd Mahmud; MS110508WALK6 WE'RE UP FOR IT... Members of the young carers organisation - Young Voices of 12 - (from left) Haydon Anderson, 15, John-Joseph Boyle, 14, Celia Gilkes, 19, Jamie Harratt, 13, and Mitchell Heath, 15.
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Date:May 12, 2008
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