TWO of our employees have raised over £2,000 for charity after walking 214 miles - the equivalent of eight marathons.
Staff members Nick Carey and Carole Allen recently completed the London and Edinburgh Moonwalks (26.2 miles each), the London to Brighton Walk (62 miles) and the Nijmegen Marches (100 miles over four days) in aid of the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.
Taking place over 10 weeks, Nick and Carole - who have walked over 1,100 miles and worn out three pairs of trainers each since starting a training plan in November 2013 - began their challenges by pounding the pavements during the London Moonwalk which they finished in eight hours.
They followed the London Moonwalk by taking part in the London to Brighton Walk, which took 27 hours to complete, the Edinburgh Moonwalk - where they crossed the finishing line in seven hours - and finally they accomplished the Nijmegen Marches where they walked for eight hours a day for four days.
Held in the Netherlands, the Nijmegen Marches, which had over 43,000 people taking part, saw Carole and Nick receive the ‘Four Day Medal’ at the finishing line. Introduced in 1909, the ‘Four Day Medal’ is one of the Netherland’s official decorations and is awarded to people for ‘proven marching ability’.
Nick Carey, Clerk of Works, said: “We’re delighted to have completed our challenges and to have raised so much money for a truly fantastic charity.
“The highlight of the challenges was the Nijmegen Marches as the locals made it a great four days due to the thousands of people lining the streets to shout and cheer us on.”