Lance Armstrong was the youngest walker to complete the route at 8 years old. Helen Bradshaw won an award for the oldest walker at 72 and Claire Digney won the award for the highest level of sponsorship raised at £1,010.

For the second year running an award was presented for the best “Saffery Selfie”. Here walkers were asked to take “selfies” as they completed the route and post their pictures on the Saffery Rotary Walk’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The team at Saffery Champness narrowed down the numerous posts to select mother and daughter team Michaela Gallienne and Chloe Quevatre as the ultimate winner.

During the evening the date for next year’s Saffery Rotary Walk was announced as 11 June 2016.

Mr Mortimer who is stepping down as committee chairman said: “It’s been a great honour to be chair of such a fantastic event and I am confident I am leaving it in Simon’s extremely capable hands. I am so proud of the work that the committee and Saffery Champness has done in ensuring this event, now in its 18th year, continues to happen and, in turn, raises a fantastic amount of money for so many deserving charities and organisations.”

Local firm Saffery Champness took over the sponsorship of the around the island walk last year and committed to supporting the event for a minimum of three years.

Lisa Vizia, director of Saffery Champness and head of the firm’s corporate social responsibility, said: “Yet again an amazing amount of money has been raised which is a credit to all those who took part.

“We would like to say a special thank you to David and all the work he has put in over the years. Luckily, it’s not quite goodbye as David will remain on the walk’s committee. We welcome Simon Milsted as the walk’s chair and our team at Saffery Champness look forward to helping to plan and run the 2016 event.”