Liz MacKinnon – Walking the Walk for 6 Years & Counting
dinburgh district nurse Liz MacKinnon was confronted by a strange spectacle one Saturday night in 2006. Innocently doing her rounds in the wee small hours, she encountered thousands of women and men Power Walking through the city wearing brightly decorated bras!
Intrigued, Liz did some research and discovered the colourful throng were taking part in The MoonWalk Edinburgh Scotland, organised by grant-making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. The event has raised in excess of £15 million to date, improving the lives of people with cancer across Scotland.
The next year, Liz and her friend Barbara Wood donned bras themselves, and have done The MoonWalk every year since. They’ve already signed up for the 2013 challenge, on Saturday 8th June at Leith Links.
There’s a Power Walking distance for every ability – The New Moon (6.6 miles), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (13.1 miles) and Over the Moon (52.4 miles). Children aged 10 and over can enter The New Moon.
Liz has been a district nurse for 33 years, and cared for many women with breast cancer – people who’ve inspired her to do The MoonWalk year after year. But she can feel the benefit too: “The events give you something to focus your fitness on, and without them, I wouldn’t be so inspired to get up and walk. The feel good factor afterwards is great”!
To join Liz for a fun-filled night on 8th June, go to www.walkthewalk.org/edinburgh