HUNDREDS of people turned out to support a marathon walk to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Nine hundred people took part in Naomi House & Jacksplace’s Clarendon Way Walk on Sunday (June 4).

Many of the charity’s supporters walked 26 miles from Salisbury to Winchester Cathedral, while others chose a 14 mile route from the village of Broughton.

Walkers started arriving in Winchester from 3pm where they were presented with a medal and pair of comfortable slippers.

Staff at the charity are delighted with the numbers that took part in the 11th Clarendon Way Walk, and say the event will likely raise more than £125,000.

Paul Morgan, Naomi House & Jacksplace’s head of fundraising, said: “We are absolutely indebted to the 900 supporters who braved the weather, the hills and blisters to make our 11th Clarendon Way Walk such a success. The atmosphere throughout was terrific and we can’t thank our walkers enough for all they have done in support of life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults, and of course, we congratulate them on their achievement.”

Charlotte Patrick, events fundraiser for the charity, said: “The Clarendon Way Walk is our longest running and most successful event, and the 2017 walk proved that it still has a special place in the hearts of our supporters. We would like to offer our thanks to the many walkers who took on this challenging event, as well as recognising the support of our army of volunteers and suppliers, without whom the event would not be possible.”

The 2018 Clarendon Way Walk is due to take place on June 3 and is already open for registrations. The walk will return to its traditional route, starting at Winchester Cathedral with walkers trekking to Salisbury.

Money raised from the Clarendon Way Walk helps Naomi House & Jacksplace to provide care and support to life-limited and life-threatened children from Hampshire, Wiltshire and across southern England.

The hospices currently support more than 400 families with respite, emergency, end of life and bereavement care.