Olive’s boots are made for walking

Thorne resident Olive Wall has been awarded the Walking for Health Exceptional Service accolade.

Every week she leads a morning walk through Thorne and her commitment and love for the popular pastime is an inspiration to many - not bad going for an 80 year old!

Former Guide leader Olive has been leading the Tuesday walks with the local walking group since 2005. Despite having a heart attack in 2010, it wasn’t long before she was donning her walking boots again.

Olive said: “I’ve always loved walking from a very young age and it’s a passion that has never left me. I’m thrilled to receive the Walking for Health Exceptional Service Award – I’m very touched and I would like to thank my friends

in the Thorne Walking Group for their tremendous support over the years. There’s usually 15 of us that take part, all ladies. We’ve had a few chaps join us on the walks in the past and we like to challenge them to keep our pace!”