VIDEO: Walkers turn out in force for Clarkson Honour Walk

Walkers turned out in force at the weekend to mark the life of former soldier Ashley Clarkson.

The second annual honour walk to remember the 23-year-old Mansfield man took place on Sunday, and as a successful extension to last year’s event, a fun day was also held at Carr Bank Park afterwards.

Last year around 120 people donned special T-shirts and walked the 18 miles from Crich War Memorial to the war memorial at Carr Bank.

And even more joined in this year for the shortened 10-mile hike from the Major Oak at Sherwood Forest to Carr Bank.

And the fun day, with bouncy castles, games, live music, stalls and refreshments, ensured hundreds more came out to support the cause.

Organiser and Ashley’s father, Wayne, said it had taken six months to arrange the day, but it had been worth it.

“It was really overwhelming and went better than any of us expected.

“We estimate there was about 500 or 600 people at the park, and about 150/160 who did the walk.

“I filled in the forms already to book the Carr Bank park event for next year!

The walkers were greeted by the Seaforth Highlanders Notts branch when they arrived at Carr Bank Park, who led a march to the memorial.

Those already at the fun day lined the route giving the walkers a standing ovation.

Wayne Clarkson then laid a wreath at the memorial.

The day was to raise money and awareness for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Former soldier Ashley hanged himself at home in March of last year after suffering symptoms of PTSD following a tour of Iraq.

All money raised during the day will now go towards the Royal British Legion to help local soldiers.