Couple walk coast to coast to raise cash for aid charity


A MARKET Rasen couple have put their best foot forward to raise money for charity.

As Market Rasen Christian Aid committee members, Maggie and John Elliot are always on the look-out for fundraising ideas, and for this year’s appeal they decided to seek sponsorship and embark upon Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk.

The walk traces a route of 192 miles from St Bees on the Irish Sea coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast.

As tradition dictates for all coast-to-coasters, they began the walk by picking up a pebble from the beach at St Bees, which is transferred from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

“We had expected the first five days through the Lake District to be the most demanding, and we were not disappointed,” said John.

“The weather was varied, with high winds and rain on the tops, together with tough ascents, raging torrents to negotiate, and steep descents which played havoc with the knees.

“The most arduous section involved Kidsty Pike, at 2,572ft the highest point of our journey, and a hard slog along Hawes Water, but the views throughout the Lake District were magnificent and made the effort worthwhile.”

Thankfully, the weather improved along the rest of the journey, with only an occasional shower.

After 17 days on the road they arrived, tired but elated, at Robin Hood’s Bay, flung their pebble into the sea, signed The Book kept at the Bay Hotel and received a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

“This was a memorable journey full of wonderful experiences, and along the route we met many interesting fellow-travellers of various nationalities,” said Maggie.

“The walk seemed particularly popular with Americans and Australians, who were very impressed with the landscape of northern England. As one American said: ‘You sure pack a lot into one small country!’.

“Finally, we would like to thank all of our friends, relations and acquaintances who were so generous in sponsoring us, and we are delighted to announce that the sum of £2,192 has been raised towards this year’s Christian Aid Appeal.”