Daventry’s store manager, Dan Ward, recently took up the challenge of walking from Brighton to Eastbourne. A 26.3 mile trek, this was part of the Macmillan Mighty Hike series of walks, which are held around the UK during the summer months.
Setting off from Brighton Racecourse, Dan’s route took him through areas of the South Downs and along the Seven Sisters coast, passing Beachy Head, home to the highest chalk cliffs in Britain. Despite some challenging weather with extremely wet and windy conditions to be walking along cliff tops, Dan and his fellow group of hikers successfully made it to the finish line at Helen Gardens in Eastbourne, in 9.5 hours!
The event was really well organised by Macmillan, with a much needed morning break point after 7.5 miles and the provision of a number of refreshments including fresh fruit, croissants and cereal bars and an opportunity to refill water bottles. The lunch tent was a welcome sight at around 15 miles, with a final break point after 20 miles.
Dan commented, “The walk was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and I signed up at the start of the year. Despite the best intentions of doing some training beforehand, very little was done and I was relying on an hour or so of football each week plus walking my dogs a couple of times a day to get me through! The route was 26.3 miles, which I completed in around 9 ½ hours (including drink/food stops). This time placed me in the top 500 out of 2000 participants! It was a great event and I was over the moon to have completed it.”
Dan is part of a group from West Haddon, Northamptonshire, that has raised over £8,000 in total for Macmillan Cancer Support. They have organised various fundraising events in their village in addition to completing the Mighty Hike. Local businesses have also been kind enough to donate prizes for a raffle/prize draw to boost the total raised.
Congratulations to Dan and his friends for raising so much money for such a great cause!