A GROUP of six mums are putting their best feet forwards to join thousands of walkers preparing to pound the streets of Edinburgh this summer for charity.
Friends Morag Hay, Aileen McDonald, Lauren Smith, Hilary Smart, Lesley Weepers and Niki Hutchison have signed up to take part in this year’s MoonWalk on June 9 in aid of breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.
The ladies, who are all in their mid 30s - mid 40s, have been close friends since they met when their children were born.
Morag told the Press: “Our children are coming up for four and we met through the breastfeeding clinic at Forth Park.
“We were all having problems breastfeeding and we created our own support group and stayed close friends ever since.
“We started doing the Race for Life just after the babies were born to try and get a ourselves a little bit fitter, and we’ve done that a couple of times now.
“It was one of these things, on a night out we were talking and someone asked if we were going to the Race for Life again this year.
“Someone else said why not give ourselves a bit more of a challenge and do the MoonWalk.
“Being a bit sensible, we’re doing the half moon walk (13 miles) and not the full one, so we can break ourselves in gently.”
The ladies will be walking as a group, with the team name ‘MoonWalk Mummies’ and are already well underway in terms of their preparations.
“We go out together every Wednesday night training and in smaller groups at other times during the week,” said Morag.
“We’re not doing too bad so far, we’re walking around six miles on a Wednesday so we’re almost halfway there.”
Last year’s Edinburgh MoonWalk raised over £2 million for Walk the Walk and it is hoped more can be raised this year.
Morag added: “Everyone seems to know someone who has been affected in some way by breast cancer.
“Something like this is a small thing to do to help.”