Monday, 1 August 2011




This blog will now  go quiet whilst the next adventure is planned.....................................

Thursday, 7 July 2011

made the newspaper

Yesterday Marc was asked to meet up with the Police press department as the local paper wanted to do a follow up story to this one in April. (page 6)

So here it is fresh off the press today! (back page).

Boys have pretty much recovered just sore feet now. Final total with gift aid added is edging up to £2,500!

Monday, 4 July 2011

The end!

The boys finished the walk at 19.11 last night in glorious sunshine

and in true Wainwright tradition dipped their toes in the sea, tide was out !so as they walked out to it they took a few minutes to reflect on the last 9 days! a mixture of surrealism, exhaustion and total euphoria!
 Harvey Marc's stepson made the journey up to meet them and shared in the final moments.

Then a pint and fish and chips before the long ride home.

Currently Just giving combined with gift aid is just under £2,400 and we're hoping there maybe a few more pennies at the end of the month.

It's been an eventful walk and I'm hoping to get Marc to write something here in the next few days and I'll come back with the final total later in the month.

So on behalf of Marc, Steve and Greyhound Gap thank you for the support, for following the walk and for all the generous donations.

Much love Sue walk co-ordinator x

Sunday, 3 July 2011


3rd July    - Day 9 Blakey Ridge to Robin Hoods Bay


The boys started out before 7am and as they left before brekkie the landlord left them out packed lunches. So off they set in high spirits. They had decided to split the day into three 9 and a half mile stretches .

9 and a half done and first pit stop!

Pushing on and another 9 and a half done!

Fab views of the north sea and just a few miles left

Boys are in high spirits as news reaches them that their target of 2k has been reached!

Marc's wife will be waiting for them at the finishing point armed with camera, so come back tomorrow for the final chapter!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Day 8

2nd July   - Day 8 Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge

Both boys stayed off their feet quite literally for 12 hours after completing yesterdays 33 miles and by morning had recovered, so after a hearty breakfast they set off in high spirits for the penultimate day!

They managed to average 2 and a half mph over the Cleveland Hills 

and 5 miles in came across a drink station that was for a long distance 33-mile race. They tried to make out they were part of it but the t-shirts or the backpacks gave it away, they still got drinks and encouragement and were very grateful! 

First view of the North Sea!

So tomorrow is the final day !!!!! they estimate it will be between a 12 and 16 hour walk, depending on how good or bad they feel but paws crossed the adrenalin will kick in or the thought of a ride home at the end LOL.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Day 7

1st July    - Day 7 Grinton to Ingleby Cross

Not a good day for Marc and Steve. The walk was a long (33 miles) boring one through field after field with lots of pain due to Marc’s blisters and Steve’s sore ankle. Each step felt like their feet were on fire and they said it’s not fun anymore!

Seasoned walkers have told them that 9 days is impossible and even 10 would be hard going but the plan is still to try and finish on day 9, as they need to be on duty Monday!

21 and a half miles tomorrow climbing the Cleveland Hills and Sunday the final day looks set to be at least 16 hours of walking/crawling the final 28.

Time to grit teeth and get heads down and push through!

The good news is that the just giving page is at 84%!!!!!

All messages of support are being gratefully received.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Day 6

30th June - Day 6 Kirkby Stephen to Grinton

Started out at 6.50am temperature a chilly 4 degrees.

The road was steep to the top of Hartley Quarries with good views of Kirkby Stephen. And then on to Nine Standards as this was the first objective of the day at 2,170 ft this was the last time they will be over 2,000ft on the walk. The Cairns are massive! 

The boys were lucky to see the views as shortly after low level clouds descended and they only just found the path down in time.

 They then travelled through the peat bogs, the bogs entailed them wading shin deep for 2 miles descending…. Energy sapping!

They then headed past some of the waterfalls Keld is famous for, Keld village is officially the half way stage of the walk! From there they then enjoyed walking alongside the River Swale and into Reeth Village and then onto the hostel at Grinton.

Feet starting to feel the effects now
115 miles now completed

Tomorrow will be 33 miles but is the flattest part of the walk.