WALKING from Cumbria to North Yorkshire, four friends are about to begin their toughest challenge yet.
Mike Storey, 58, from Greenfield Crescent, Waterlooville, is setting out with friends, Martin Nicholson and husband and wife, Steve Prankard and Allison Brown, to walk 192 miles.
The walk will cover Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path and will cut across the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
The team set off on May 5 from St Bees Head, Cumbria, and hope to complete the walk in 12 days.
They will be raising money for the Stroke Association as a relative of Mike’s recently suffered from a stroke.
Mike said: ‘My brother-in-law is now bed-ridden since he suffered from his stroke and the Stroke Association has been so helpful.
‘We were thinking of doing the walk so decided that we might as well raise money for a charity at the same time.
‘So far we have raised £2,000 which exceeded our target of £500 each and we haven’t even started.
‘It should be a good 12 days and hopefully the weather will be nice.’
The group have been training for the gruelling challenge by doing small walks around the country including about 11 miles at Twyford Down.
To make a donation visit the group’s fundraising page justgiving.com/c2c13-stroke