After what seemed like a very long week at work we took to the streets of Liverpool, along with hundreds, possibly thousands of other people on a Friday evening. It’s been a few years since we’ve taken part in one of these night walks.
The start time was 7pm with warm up dancing from 6.45pm, we arrived dressed in our T-shirts with number attached and our ‘I’m walking for’ cards written. I say we, it was Simon, myself, my teenager and step-brother. After gathering and having a little boogie it was time to get going.
It was an organised 10km walk through Liverpool city centre, taking in all the main ‘sights’ – we started from the Beatles statue at the Pier Head, outside the Liver building. Then it was a walk along the front to the Albert Dock, up through Liverpool one, and onto to Chinatown and the beautiful Chinese arch. From here it was a short walk up to the Anglican Cathedral, through the grounds and back along Hope street. This took us past the Liverpool Philharmonic and Playhouse theatre and to the Catholic Cathedral (yes we have two).
At this point it was dark and everywhere was beautifully lit up, especially our next venue the Victoria Gallery, part of the University campus. From here it was all downhill, walking along the plateau of St George’s Hall and into William Brown Street in front of the Walker art gallery and World museum. The last section was through the busy restaurant and bar area near the Town Hall. Here there were lots of people cheering us on and it was a lovely boost for the last 2km.
Finally we had made back, almost to where we started, a quick walk around the ‘new’ Museum of Liverpool (it’s 10 years old so still new to us locals) and then on to the finish line to be greeted by more cheers and a medal.
The walk took us around 2 hours and thankfully it wasn’t raining. In fact it was a beautiful warm evening and was a great way to finish a hectic week.
We didn’t raise the biggest amount but it all adds up, and we still have a fundraising page set up to collect until the end of the month. We did have a good time, chatted all the way round and met some interesting people along the way. All ages and abilities were taking part, solo participants to large groups including some still undergoing treatment. It was inspirational and emotional. It was well organised and I would recommend taking part to everyone.