Tough stuff on marathon walk

FIVE South Yorkshire teenagers set out to walk 122 miles through the Lake District – but actually walked almost 150.

“There were some problems on the route we’d planned so the Mountain Rescue people diverted us,” explained organiser Thomas Joseph, from Bawtry. “That made it a lot harder than we’d anticipated.”

And although there were some blisters and aching feet amongst the group, they just kept going, he said, helped by the weather having been kind on all but one day.

Completing the trek means they have raised about £600 for Yorkshire Cancer Care, and they are now busy collecting the money.

But they’re also thinking about a more ambitious challenge for next year. “We’re going to get together and talk about what we might do; perhaps it will involve things like canoeing and climbing, but we haven’t really thought about the details yet,” added Thomas, 16.

Walking with him were Zoe Hepworth and Steven Whitehouse from Rossington, Rachel Lynch from Cantley and Abbie Powell of Retford. All attend either McAuley Sixth Form or Hall Cross Sixth Form.

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