A NEW start, a new route and a whole new crowd of enthusiastic walkers….Night Strider was back and bigger and better than ever before!

Night Strider – supported by Gripple and Pricecheck – is the biggest and most colourful St Luke’s Hospice fundraiser of the year.

And as the fifth annual nocturnal half marathon and 10k walking challenge got under way, around a thousand walkers – and even a few pets – were on the starting line, all eager to take up the challenge and make a difference to the lives of St Luke’s patients and their families.

Their enthusiasm, not to mention their neon tutus, crazy wigs and glow in the dark accessories, added a rainbow of colour as the autumn darkness descended upon Sheffield.

Starting out from the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre the walk took in some of Sheffield’s finest locations as it headed out on a new reverse route, making a completely different challenge for experienced Night Striders.

“In our fifth year of Night Strider, we found ourselves more overwhelmed than ever before by the response from our supporters,” said St Luke’s Events Coordinator Rachel Spofforth.

“With a new route to enjoy, we hoped that this year’s participants would enjoy striding together more than ever before, knowing that with every step they would be helping us raise the vital funds needed to ensure we can continue providing the very best care for all our patients and their families.

“It was a great family night out, a wonderful atmosphere and even when the rain did start to fall later in the evening, it did nothing to dampen the spirits of our fantastic Night Striders.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who walked and raised money for us.

“And special thanks too much go to all our brilliant St Luke’s volunteers, the people who make this event possible and whose enthusiasm and dedication means that everybody has a safe and special evening striding together!”