Hundreds of Wallies descend on Victoria Park in charity fun run

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Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

By Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

Where’s Wally fans dressed up as hundreds of Wallies and descended on Victoria Park this morning to raise money for the Literacy Trust.

Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where’s Wally Charity Run Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

Everyone from nans to nippers took part in the Where’s Wally fun run, running, walking or dancing around a five or ten kilometre route.

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Participants were provided with stripy shirts, bobble hats and plastic glasses on arrival.

Even dogs got a stripy makeover as they led their owners around the course.

Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where’s Wally Charity Run Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where’s Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

Emily, 11, from Hackney Wick said that she saw the race last year and wanted to take part this time because “it looked like fun”.

Mum Rachel said that the family decided to run together because it was “a good opportunity to get the kids involved in running” while raising funds for a good cause.

Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where’s Wally Charity Run Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

 

The Literacy Trust is a UK charity that helps kids get into reading. It works closely with schools in Hackney, including De Beauvoir Primary where it has previously sent authors in to talk to classes.

A number of teachers donned the Wally outfits to give the kids a run for their money.

Lisa Whittle and Sharon Lynch from St William of York Primary school, Forest Hill, walked around the race and have raised around £400 so far.

Where's Wally Charity Ru Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi
Where’s Wally Charity Run Credits: Nicola Slawson and Miranda Larbi

“We do a lot of work with the Literacy Trust and being in education, it’s really really important that we promote reading and a love of books in children and young people,” Ms Lynch said.

See our video below for the full action:

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