Braving peaks, valleys, blisters, bruises and maps, two women from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have trekked Alfred Wainright's famous Coast to Coast walk for charity.

Partnerships and Engagement Manager Chris Rushton and Driving Standards Manager Julia Hoyes raised nearly £600 to be split between the Fire Fighters Charity and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance charity.

The walk took them 14 days and 13 nights, starting in St Bees and ending in Robin Hood's Bay.

The pair came up with the idea while exercising together last September. Julia said: "We were on the treadmill at the gym one night and Chris said she'd like to do the coast to coast walk. Once she explained it to me, I said, why not? But it was definitely a challenge to maintain the stamina, put your head down and just keep walking."

Their efforts were encouraged by extremely warm and dry weather and the hospitality of fellow walkers and local residents along the way.

Chris said: "We enjoyed it all the way through; there wasn't a morning we woke up and didn't want to carry on. There were challenges; we cannot say it was easy, but we kept a good attitude, were determined to finish and, most of all, we had fun."


Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 0855 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: