Raising money the Viking Way

Rob and Laura Dillon
Rob and Laura Dillon

Two ex-Caistor Grammar School pupils are hitting the trail and walking almost 150 miles for their anniversary to raise money for charity.

Rob and Laura Dillon, both 24, are marking their first year of marriage by walking the Viking Way from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Leicestershire.

The pair will be camping on every night, except their anniversary itself, carrying tents, food and clothes every step of the way.

“We’ve walked the Cleveland Way before, which was 110 miles in nine days, but we’re trying to do this in eight, so it’ll be a real challenge.

“When you consider the final day is only 10 miles, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.”

The Viking Way will see the Dillons take a north-south trek across the Lincolnshire Wolds before arriving at Oakham via Rutland Water.

“We’ve always enjoyed walking,” Rob continued. “We’re trying to think of something that would challenge and reward us.

“We’re both from Grimsby originally, so this was a nice chance to head back to home soil as well.”

The walk will not only be a holiday however, with the couple also seeking to raise money for their church in Sheffield where the couple now live.

After leaving the Grammar School in 2008 they both went to the University of Sheffield where Rob studied History and Russian and Laura studied Chinese.

Laura now works as an administrator for AESSEAL in Rotherham and Rob is a trainee journalist at the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

The Dillons will set off on their journey from the south side of the Humber Bridge on Thursday May 22 with the final leg into Oakham concluding the following Thursday.

To sponsor the couple visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/vikingdillons.