Two Spalding lawyers are about to walk a night-time marathon in fancy bras on the streets of London.
Anita Toal, managing partner at Maples Solicitors, and her commercial solicitor colleague Gemma Turton are London MoonWalk veterans who are raising money to fight breast cancer.
Anita did three MoonWalks from 2005-2007 and then another last year, but decided not to take part in this year’s walk.
She would normally have registered by the October deadline, but let the date go by.
Anita said: “When I went to the funeral of an old friend, Kate Withyman, in January – who died of cancer at the age of 46 just before Christmas – I regretted not registering.”
A few days later Anita received an email from London MoonWalk organisers saying there were a few places left and signed up with Gemma.
The pair are in serious training, walked 20 miles on Saturday alone, and will complete a few more short walks before the big night on Saturday, May 10.
Anita said: “The first year I did quite a lot of training but then, in the following years, did less and less and foolishly decided last year I could do it on four miles training to walk my new trainers in.
“Needless to say I did regret it somewhat.”
Gemma was inspired to raise cash because members of her family and friends have been affected by cancer.
She said: “I really wanted to help make a difference and give something back for the people I knew that the charity had helped.”
The fancy bras are a hallmark of the London MoonWalk, which takes in the big city sights, including the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Anita and Gemma aim to complete the walk in a little under seven hours.
“You are not allowed to run, which is a good job really because I can’t,” said Anita. “We are aiming for four miles per hour – six-and-a-half hours although we will be lucky to do it in seven in view of all the hold-ups, the crush at the start, crossing the road and avoiding drunks on the pavement coming out of clubs at three in the morning.”
n You can sponsor Anita on https://moonwalklondon2014.everydayhero.com/uk/anita-8 and Gemma on http://wtwalk.org/moonwalklondon2014/gemma-19