Walker sheds pounds to raise cash for charity

Mike Wood who's just walked from John O Groats to Land's End in just forty days
Mike Wood who's just walked from John O Groats to Land's End in just forty days

Taking a well earned rest after walking almost 1,000 miles for charity is Buxton’s Mike Wood.

He completed his solo walk from John O’ Groats to Land’s End in just 40 days, raising £1,500 for Cancer Research UK and Help For Heroes, a figure he hopes to get up to £2,000.

Mike, who lost two stone in weight during the walk, said: “It has not hit home yet. I did very little training so it was a bit of a stab in the dark as to how much I could do and how quickly I could do it.”

He walked between 17 and 38 miles a day. “It was very punishing on the feet and legs,” said Mike.

“I was on my own, carrying all my gear in a rucksack with no back-up or support vehicle or anything. I did a lot of talking to myself.”

Mike, who is self-employed, said he was very grateful for the support of family, friends and customers, who were in regular phone contact sending messages of support to keep him going.

He added: “I met up with my wife and son in Knutsford and had a meal and a catch-up with them for a couple of hours, and then carried on. That was very difficult. The next two days were very hard.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation can still do so.

To donate to Cancer Research UK go to www.justgiving.com/woodrm or to Help For Heroes go to www.justgiving.com/rmwoods.

Mike would particularly like to thank friend Dean Winstanley for driving him to Scotland and picking him up from Land’s End, as well as raising £250 with an impromptu darts exhibition match at John O’ Groats.