We’ll be walking for 24 hours in Relay for Life

CHALLENGE Mel Evans, left, and Nick Stephens
CHALLENGE Mel Evans, left, and Nick Stephens
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THEY’LL be walking non-stop for 24 hours.

And if that wasn’t going to be gruelling enough, Mel Evans and his nephew Nick Stephens will be doing it carrying 50lbs on their backs.

Malcolm Stephens

Malcolm Stephens

The pair are taking part in this weekend’s Relay for Life, at the Mountbatten Centre, in Portsmouth.

The event raises money for Cancer Research UK, which is organising the event.

Mel, 56, and Nick, 31, are part of a 28-strong team known as Malcy’s Warriors.

They will be walking in memory of family member Malcolm Stephens, 50, who died of cancer in November 2009.

Mel, of Highbury Grove, Cosham, said: ‘We will be carrying 50lbs on our backs to make the relay a bit tougher.

‘It’s also because we have a navy theme this year, and as it’s the Falklands anniversary, we thought it would tie in well.’

The relay starts at 10am on Saturday.

Teammates take it in turn to run or walk around the track, making sure there is at least one member on the course at all times.

As the Relay is non-stop through the night, those not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in tents set up around the inside of the track.

But Mel, who works at Portsmouth International Port, and Nick, a petty officer for the Royal Navy, will be walking for the full 24 hours – only stopping for toilet breaks.

Nick said: ‘I took part last year and walked for 24 hours, so I am slightly apprehensive about it.

‘But I’m also looking forward to it because we will be raising money for a good cause.’

Sandy Parkinson, volunteer chairman of Relay For Life in Portsmouth, said: ‘All the teams are coming together to celebrate their fundraising achievements.

‘It’s a day of hope and remembrance and a time when they can see their efforts have really helped to make a difference.’

Money raised is spent on research to improve understanding of cancer and investigate different forms of the disease.

Visit cancerresearchuk.org/relay