Spring showers failed to dampen the enthusiasm of about 100 walkers who took part in the 'Stomp for the Stables' walkathon at Beverley recently.

The inaugural six kilometre event from Beverley to the Avondale Discovery Farm on October 20 was a family activity that attracted participants of all ages from as far away as Perth and Mandurah. 

It was to raise funds for the upkeep of the heritage listed 1890's stables complex that is home to Avondale's two resident Clydesdale's, Comet and Robbie and brought in about $1,000.

The Bendigo Bank marquee was the starting point with most participants registering on the day. Complimentary bottled water and sunscreen were available from the marquee as well as a free Bendigo Bank water bottle and cap for each child.

The midway point positioned nearer the finish than the start much to the relief of older walkers, provided more water, sunscreen and jelly beans to boost sugar levels. The St John Ambulance was on hand  to provide first aid and encouragement. 

On arrival at Avondale, participants enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea and a sausage sizzle. The stables were a hive of activity with a good many Clydesdales in residence for the day. Wagon rides, the historic homestead and machinery museum were added attractions.

Organisers are keen to grow the walkathon in 2014 and believe it to be a valuable tourist activity that showcases Avondale and the picturesque countryside.

Major sponsors included the York and Districts Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank, Road Safety Authority, WA Water Corporation, Beverley CRC, Shire of Beverley and Beverley IGA.

ABOVE: Participants assemble for the start of the walkathon at Beverley. BELOW: The Historic stables at Avondale Discovery Farm.