The sign being held aloft at the side of the road was enough to spur Lynsey Janowiec to cross the finishing line.
‘Thank you from people like me – 10 years free from cancer’ read the woman’s notice and, like thousands of the competitors in last year’s Edinburgh MoonWalk, Lynsey admits to shedding a tear.
The event, organised by Walk the Walk, has raised millions of pounds for breast cancer charities in the last 15 years with power walks through the Scottish capital, London and Iceland.
Participants take part in Full Moons, covering 26.2 miles, or Half Moons (13.1 miles) as they make their way through the streets at midnight, many of them wearing colourful bras.
Lynsey (36) and daughter Chloe Williams (15), a pupil at Graeme High School, completed the course in 6hrs 42mins and have signed up to take part again on June 9.
The Falkirk mum said: “I was really proud of Chloe as she had just turned 14 at the time and she did struggle a bit. I found it tough around the 13 mile mark when it was cold and dark, but once the sun starts to come up it gives you a boost.
“When I saw that woman standing at the side of the road with her dog and holding that sign, it made you realise why it was so important to take part and raise funds.”
Lynsey, who works in Marks and Spencer in Stirling, signed up because her mum has twice survived breast cancer.
June Hermse (66), of Grangemouth, was first diagnosed when she was 39 and 10 years ago discovered it had returned. However, she is now fully recovered and testament that people do survive the condition.
Lynsey added: “When I finished last year I said that I was going to do it again – it’s such a great feeling when you cross the finishing line. However, I was surprised but delighted when Chloe said she would do it again.”
As a ‘veteran’ MoonWalker, her tip is to ensure that you get plenty of training in before the event, they regularly pounded the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath with a regular route from the Falkirk Wheel to Winchburgh.
During the MoonWalk itself, she advises: “Only sip your water as the queues for the toilets are very long. Also, take some sweets with you to keep you going.”
Walk the Walk is providing £3 million of MoonWalk cash to build a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital to support cancer sufferers and their families.
Visit www.walkthewalk.org for more information.