Friends take on Coast to Coast trek

Walking tall: Alan and Beth prepare to start their 192 mile trek.

Walking tall: Alan and Beth prepare to start their 192 mile trek.

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SHEFFIELD friends Alan Walker and Beth Norton are putting their feet up after completing the 192-mile Coast to Coast walk in aid of three charities.

The pair started the walk at St Bees in Cumbria and ended their journey 13 days later in Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.

Alan, a semi-retired 64-year-old ex-operations manager for Sheffield University and former sailor in the Merchant Navy, said: “I took up walking shortly after retirement in 2007/8 primarily to get fit, lose weight and as a hobby to get me out into the countryside.

“I found I enjoyed walking and the people I met so much that I wanted to help others through my hobby by setting myself challenges on behalf of charities, hence me doing the Coast to Coast.”

Family friend Beth, 31, who works for Sheffield Hallam University as a nursery nurse, also took up the challenge.

During their adventure the pair completed a challenging eight to 23 miles each day for 13 days solid over some tough terrain.

The Coast to Coast route was originally devised by author and fell walker Alfred Wainwright and passes through three National Parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.

The couple have raised over £500 each for both the NSPCC and the Royal British Legion and more than £800 for the RNLI.

Beth said: “The weather was appalling at times being both very wet and windy for much of the time.”

Alan and Beth are now planning to walk the Cleveland Way for the NSPCC.

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