A LOVE of walking will be put to the test as a Brookenby man goes coast to coast for charity.
Kevin May will be treading in the steps of Alfred Wainwright as he covers the 190-plus miles from St Bees Head on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire coast to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Although a keen walker, Kevin admits this distance will be quite a challenge and has set himself a rigorous training regime.
“I usually do about eight or nine miles and the longest walk I have ever tackled is about 20 miles, so this will be very different,” says Kevin.
The Lake District is a favourite walking spot for Kevin and his wife Sue and the coast to coast is something he has always fancied doing, but this time he will be walking on his own.
“The biggest challenge will be getting on and doing enough miles, day after day, on my own, but I am confident I will do it.
“I think the first third of the walk will be the most strenuous and then it should get a bit easier, although tiredness may creep in.
“I’m looking forward to enjoying the great countryside and nature we have around us, so I won’t be wired up to an iPod; I like to hear the birds singing – or the rain dripping off my hat if the weather turns nasty.”
Kevin hopes to complete the walk within ten days and plans to camp along the way to keep costs down and raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.
“I’m doing the walk in memory of my mum Kathleen and my father-in-law Percy Kendall, and while I want to raise as much money as possible, it is also about raising awareness of this disease and the effect it has on people.”
Although Kevin has set a modest target on his fundraising webpage, as he says he didn’t want to be too demanding of people, he hopes folk will get behind him and show his support.
He has been given a good start by a donation from his employers, RBM Agricultural Ltd of Brigg, who will also be collecting donations on Kevin’s behalf.
For more information on Kevin’s challenge and to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/KevinMay1901 .
RIGHT: Kevin May is going coast to coast for Cancer Research UK.