We made it

L-R Stu Vince and Phil Jackson who are firefighters from Cosham Fire Station at Lands End.
L-R Stu Vince and Phil Jackson who are firefighters from Cosham Fire Station at Lands End.
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170948-1)

Portsmouth friends to tackle 101-mile walk for man with cancer

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THEY’VE gone through sweltering heat and with blisters on their feet – but two firefighters have come to the end of running the equivalent of 11 marathons in 11 days.

Stu Vince and Phil Jackson yesterday made it to Land’s End by running 260 miles from Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Today they are resting, before they start rowing back from Penzance to Gunwharf Quays tomorrow.

The challenge was inspired by Stu after he donated a kidney to family friend Michael Paxman, 19, last June.

Stu hopes his challenge will raise awareness of organ donation and £20,000, which will be split between QA and Southampton General Hospital.

He said: ‘It was harder than I thought – the heat in the middle three days just really killed me.

‘The rowing will be weather-dependant too.’

To donate money go to thebigdonorchallenge.co.uk.