Maisie's Moonwalk Challenge

Maisie's Moonwalk Challenge

Maisie (8B) reports:

On Saturday 14 May 2016, I took part in the Moonwalk London. It is a charity event supporting Breast Cancer Now. 15,000 people take part and raise over £1 million every year to find a cure for some types of cancer.

I left my house at half past eight in the evening to catch the train to Clapham Junction, and then the bus to Moonwalk City at Clapham Common. The place was alive with eager moonwalkers, ready to to start the challenge. There was a huge pink tent where you could buy food and keyrings, get a tattoo, and even do some warm up exercises. Just before the walk starts the tent falls silent as everyone reflects on why they are taking part and many people think about someone who has inspired them to take up the challenge. 

 We were in the first group to leave, so we warmed up, and then we gathered at the start. The start line was covered in pink and white balloons, and there were timers for each start, so you could see how long you had taken once you reached the finish. The charity founder, Nina Barough, counted us down from 10 and then we were off.

For the first few hours, the people of London were out cheering, and supporters were trying to spot their family and friends. We walked through Battersea Park, and we were greeted by many mascots, such as giant swan puppets, circus actors, and even a flamethrower!

By the time it got to 4 in the morning, everyone was exhausted, but we were only just over halfway! Lots of adults had to give up, because of blisters and sore legs, or if they were just too tired. It was a hard push for the finish, but in the end I made it! I was rewarded with a gold medal (from the Moonwalk organisers), a bunch of flowers (from my sister and my grandma), and two piggybacks to the car!

We saw many sights in London. These included the London Eye, London Dungeon, the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum, Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Horse Guards Parade, and even Buckingham Palace!

It was a big challenge, but I made it. I was possibly the youngest walker there (the oldest being an 85-year-old woman, who beat us) and I raised about £400 for charity!