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Walking challenge will see Middlesbrough duo walk all day and night
TWO friends are gearing up for a 24-hour endurance walk around London in aid of a disability charity.
Martyn Weeds from Brookfield and Mat (CORR) Jones from Linthorpe, both Middlesbrough, will be hitting the streets of the capital for the annual 100km Thames Path Challenge on September 14 in aid of national charity United Response.
The grueling walk will take the pair all day and night and will see them pushed to their limits past some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Hampton Court and The Old Deer Park.
Thirty-year-old Mr Weeds said: “I work for United Response and see first hand the amazing work our frontline staff do, so when I heard about the Thames Path Challenge I knew it was the ideal opportunity to help raise some vital funds for a worthy cause. “Although it’s a walk, it’s going to be no small feat.
“To put it into perspective 100km is just over 62 miles and is the same distance as Brighton to London – all of which we must be complete in 24 hours.”
The duo have already raised hundreds of pounds through their friends and family for United Response, which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales.
But the pair are now looking for further support from the local area to help reach their £800 target. Mr Jones, 30, said: “When Martyn told me the Thames Path Challenge is like walking 2 and half marathons I thought he was joking. It isn’t going to be easy, but we have both been training hard and can’t wait to get to the starting line.”
The event begins at Putney Bridge on the morning of 14 September, and will finish the next day at Henley-on-Thames.
To donate towards Martyn and Mat’s challenge visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/URChallengers & www.unitedresponse.org.uk.
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