100-mile South Downs Way walk in the heat is a big success

WALK Stephen Cochrane, left, and Stephen Hawkins
WALK Stephen Cochrane, left, and Stephen Hawkins
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TWO friends walked 100 miles across the South Downs Way to raise money for charity on the hottest week of the year so far.

Stephen Cochrane and Stephen Hawkins, who met when they were 12 having both attended Southern Grammar School for Boys in Portsmouth, took part in the Friendship Walk.

The pair, both 62, spent eight days walking from Eastbourne to Winchester to celebrate a friendship that has lasted 50 years and to mark the London Olympics.

Mr Cochrane from Hylters Lane, near Chichester, said: ‘There was no rain. But we didn’t envisage the summer. We picked the hottest week of the year.

‘One day we got through almost a gallon of water. It was so hot. We were very blistered by the end of it.

‘We felt like it was our own Olympics. Unfortunately there was nobody at the end to give us a gold medal.

‘But it’s been really worthwhile. The scenery was magnificent.’

They raised money for four different charities: Fieldfare Trust, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and the National Brain Appeal.

So far the pair have raised around £1,800 but they are aiming to raise a total of £2,012.

To make a donation, please visit justgiving.com/teams/friendshipwalk