Walking after midnight for a worthy cause

People from across the country took part in Saturday's Moonwalk in Edinburgh. Pic: Lloyd Smith Photography & Film.
People from across the country took part in Saturday's Moonwalk in Edinburgh. Pic: Lloyd Smith Photography & Film.

Thousands of walkers of all ages swung their tartan as they walked through the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday night at The MoonWalk Scotland, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Wearing decorated bras adorned with all things Scottish – from Highland Coos to Thistles, Saltires to Scottish food, plus lots and lots of tartan – walkers set off from Holyrood Park at midnight, walking through the streets of Edinburgh to take on a quarter, half, full or double marathon, raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Participants from this year's Moonwalk Scotland 2016. Pic: Lloyd Smith Photography & Film.

Participants from this year's Moonwalk Scotland 2016. Pic: Lloyd Smith Photography & Film.

Before the first step had even been taken, more than £400,000 had been raised.

The walkers joined in a huge hooley led by rock Ceilidh band Bahookie. Women, men and children from the age of ten upwards showed off their fabulous Scottish costumes - knowing that most of the money raised by The MoonWalk Scotland stays in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with cancer.

Legendary Scottish tartan rocker Alan Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers met a team of fans taking on The MoonWalk – the Boob City Strollers – and offered his support.

He said: “The MoonWalk is an amazing thing for people to do. I’ve lost a few very good friends to breast cancer myself and I want to wish good luck to everyone taking part.”

Nina Barough CBE, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk said: “It was a magnificent night!

“We had lots of children taking part in the quarter marathon New Moon and it was great seeing the children getting their medals.

“All our walkers have done magnificent times and everyone came through smiling and enjoying the experience. We had more people taking part than last year and it’s very special to see people in Scotland uniting together to make a difference.”