Petworth Park was a sea of pink for Ribbonwalk

They're off! The pink army starts its marathon from Petworth Park
They're off! The pink army starts its marathon from Petworth Park

Walkers left Petworth Park in a sea of pink at the start of Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbonwalk 2012.

The 526 participants took the roads for a ten or 20 mile trek in aid of the charity who put on the event in association with woman&home magazine.

Pennie Parry completing the walk with her mother Leslie

Pennie Parry completing the walk with her mother Leslie

They started at Petworth House and walked through the countryside, enjoying a sunny day and a scenic route.

They each took on the challenge of raising at least £175 to support people living with breast cancer.

“It was a moving day as many of the walkers had a personal experience of breast cancer or were walking to remember a lost loved one,” said a spokesman for Breast Cancer Care.

“And on completing the course, the walkers wrote messages of support on to pink ribbons and tied them to the finish line.

“Every year 50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer and the Pink Ribbonwalk series, consisting of five walks across the UK, is set to raise £1m to help provide support and information to anyone affected.”

School teacher Pennie Parry, 33, completed the ten-mile walk with her mother Leslie. Penny was walking in memory of parent Julie Hodder, who lost her 13-year battle with breast cancer in October 2010, aged 47.

For the past ten weeks Pennie also encouraged the pupils at school to get involved by walking, running or skipping different distances each Friday, depending on their age. Mrs Hodder’s son Edmund, seven, led the walks.

The school and Penny’s Pink Ribbonwalk looks to raise £1,000.