Charity trek raises £2,500

Brian Hill from Whaley Bridge has raised �2,500 for Blythe House Hospice and the Seashell Trust by taking part in the 27-mile Trekfest event.
Brian Hill from Whaley Bridge has raised �2,500 for Blythe House Hospice and the Seashell Trust by taking part in the 27-mile Trekfest event.

A Whaley Bridge man put his best feet forward to take part in a charity trek for two good causes.

Brian Hill completed the 27-mile Trekfest course through the Peak District in 11-and-a-half hours to raise vital funds for Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House Hospice and the Seashell Trust.

Inspired by his daughter Florence, who suffers a number of complex learning difficulties and is in her third year at the college at the Seashell Trust, in Cheadle Hulme, Brian raised £2,500 which will be shared between the two charities.

Brian, who trained for the event by going on long walks with his dog Lou, said: “I finished in 11 hours and 29 minutes. About four hours later, runners doing the 54-mile route were finishing.

“I took it more as a walk to enjoy rather than a race.

“I even had time for a sock change and a pint in Hayfield.

“There was a good sociable atmosphere and you meet a lot of people, each with their own story about why they’re doing it.”

The 27-mile route began and finished at Hope, taking in Edale, the Pennine Way, Kinder Scout and Peak Forest on the way. The Trekfest event attracted people from all over the country, but sadly, the weather wasn’t on the side of the participants.

“It was miserable weather on the day, very misty,” Brian said. “It’s a shame really because people had come from all over the country to enter so for them to slog up to Kinder Scout and not be able to enjoy the view at the top must have been disappointing.”