Walkers complete Coastal Challenge
Fundraisers walk length of North Norfolk coast for CSF
Over 90 walkers walked 47 miles of the North Norfolk coastline over the weekend, for the Foundation’s fifth annual ‘Coastal Walk Challenge.'
The group, which was the largest number of walkers since the event began, started off from Hunstanton on Friday morning with the majority finishing in Cromer a little over 24 hours later.
As well as battling the usual challenges of the walk, which included difficult surfaces such as shingle banks and having to walk through the night, the group had to deal with an array of weather conditions that included soaring temperatures and heavy rainfall.
Nonetheless, all the walkers, bar a couple who had to retire through injury, completed the walk and there were some jubilant scenes at the finish point by Cromer pier.
One of the participants, Tom Bailey, tweeted: “Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Coastal Walk Challenge was truly memorable and organisation phenomenal.”
Ady Durrant, another challenger, tweeted: "Thanks for support during the challenge. The team were amazing. Tired but so happy to complete and help the Sporting Light Appeal."
Emma Fletcher, CSF’s fundraising officer said: “Early indications show that our walkers have raised well over £10,000 for the Foundation, which is simply outstanding.
“The event gets bigger and better each year, but the physical nature of the Challenge never changes. Our walkers showed fantastic team-spirit, everyone pushing each other on and keeping morale high, even at the tough points.
“I want to thank the superb support team that assisted us this year on behalf of CSF: our volunteers, CSF staff, our business champions Cafe2U for supplying drinks at Morston, Wells Beach Café for opening up out-of-hours, The Grove Cromer & local butcher Icarus Hines for supplying post-walk free food and Link Radio & Holden Group for supplying essential event support.
“Thank you also to our masseur and physio Colin McDermott, who put in an impressive 24-hour shift and was a man very much in demand!
“Lastly, I’d like to thank our fantastic walkers. The funds they’ve raised will make a huge difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people in Norfolk.”
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Story added: 15 Jun 2015