See pictures and video from Ipswich’s Midnight Walk 2018

Walkers ready for the St Elizabeth Hospice's Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Walkers ready for the St Elizabeth Hospice's Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people braved the weather and pounded the pavements in Ipswich last night for this year’s Midnight Walk.

Chita Walkden in the rain. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Chita Walkden in the rain. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Around 2,500 participants turned out in their neon and sparkle themed outfits to support St Elizabeth Hospice’s flagship event, before setting off from new venue Trinity Park.

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Maddy Tarry, Lesley Roper and Danielle Haworth. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Maddy Tarry, Lesley Roper and Danielle Haworth. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Upbeat performances from Just Jay Dance – and an energetic warm up from the Townsend Twins – spurred on the walkers as they embarked on six and 10 mile routes.

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Vanessa Girling and Hannah Stenning dancing in the rain. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Vanessa Girling and Hannah Stenning dancing in the rain. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the Midnight Wal

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Crossing the finish line around midnight, challengers were presented with medals and a hot drink as their reward.

Fundraisers of all ages took part. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Fundraisers of all ages took part. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

It’s not clear yet how much has been raised for the hospice – volunteers are busy counting up the total, which is due to be revealed later this year.

Walkers set out on a damp night. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Walkers set out on a damp night. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who turned out for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The event raises tens of thousands of pounds for the hospice. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The event raises tens of thousands of pounds for the hospice. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Nicola Dennis and Tansy Cooper at the Midnight Walk start line. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Nicola Dennis and Tansy Cooper at the Midnight Walk start line. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Melanie Joseph and Belinda Stokes ready for the walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Melanie Joseph and Belinda Stokes ready for the walk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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