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West Country women head to London for Moonwalk

Around 20,000 women take part in the event Photo:

Hundreds of women from across the West Country are heading to the capital this weekend for the 20th Moonwalk London.

They'll join an estimated 20,000 people tonight on the night time walking marathon, to raise funds for cancer charities.

Mary Yeates is taking part in her 14th Moonwalk event

One of those is 86-year-old Mary Yeates from Clapton in Gordano who is preparing for her 14th marathon night-time walk and hopes to complete the event in around seven hours.

Mary is a retired civil servant and walks every day near her home. Her husband died of cancer 3 years ago but she says he always encouraged her to do the walk because 26 years previously he had cancer and was cured of it.

Mary has been pictured with many celebrities at the event.

Mary gets VIP treatment at the event

In Cornwall Jo, her daughter Lucy and friend Kim were inspired to turn their walking hobby into something that would also raise money for cancer charities - a subject close to their hearts.

They also took part last year - and this triumphant photo of them has become the image used to promote the event across the country.

This photo of the trio has become the image used to promote the event across the country. Credit: ITV News

"The first we knew of it is when we were on the poster here it is and the first we knew of it is when all my friends that live in London now have sent me a message that's it's in all the tube stations on the side of buses saying things like oh is this you we've seen you."

– Lucy Palmer, Walking the MoonWalk London

The tough prep has seen them walking up to 15 miles at the weekends. they say it's helped them get fitter and been good for their wellbeing.

'It's a chance for us girls to have a natter and a bit of us time really but still doing it for a good cause and a good focus.'

– Kim Southey, Walking the MoonWalk London

They're in the first wave of walkers tonight expected to complete it the fastest. But it'll still be the early hours of Sunday before they can put their feet up for a well earned rest.