Church friends bid to walk Hadrian’s Wall in just 48 hours

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TWO friends are tak­ing on a walk­ing challenge to sup­port a char­ity which helps adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Jim Newns, 48, and Si­mon Hamp­son, 38, will be walk­ing the length of Hadrian’s Wall – 84 miles – in just 48 hours.

The mas­sive challenge will take place on June 25 and 26.

The friends, who both at­tend Mac­cles­field’s Cal­vary Church on the We­ston es­tate, want to raise funds for Time Out Group that works in Wilm­slow and Mac­cles­field pro­vid­ing so­cial, sports and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Jim and Si­mon came up with the idea while on holiday with their fam­i­lies in Cum­bria.

Jim said: “We vis­ited parts of the wall last Fe­bru­ary and walk­ing the wall has been an am­bi­tion of mine for years. Si­mon sug­gested we could at­tempt to walk it in two days.”

The pair have been train­ing hard and re­cently walked to and from Bux­ton in one go as part of their prepa­ra­tion.

Jim said: “We’ll be set­ting off at 4am and walk­ing un­til 7pm or 8pm on both days. The big­gest thing we need to be aware of is avoid­ing any in­juries and keep­ing our feet healthy.”

The pair are both fit­ness fa­nat­ics, so are used to putting their bod­ies through their paces.

For­tu­nately, they will have friends Mandi Spros­ton and Matt Tamken, who are trustees for Time Out along­side them. They have vol­un­teered as the sup­port team for the walk, of­fer­ing food, liq­uids and fresh cloth­ing along the way.

Jim lives in Gawsworth with his wife Jin­dra and chil­dren Bai­ley, nine and Jack, seven.

Si­mon lives near South Park with wife An­gela, son Al­fie, seven, and teenage daugh­ter Becky.

Jim said they’ve had sim­i­lar re­ac­tion from most peo­ple in­clud­ing their own fam­i­lies, when they have ex­plained their plan. He said: “They all think we’re mad. Peo­ple nor­mally take on that challenge in five days, so it’s go­ing to be pretty tough go­ing, but I reckon we can do it.”

The pair hope to raise £2,000 for the char­ity, but will be con­tent with what­ever goes to the cause.

Mean­while Time Out mem­bers are also plan­ning to pre­cede the event more lo­cally by do­ing a spon­sored walk of their own. Theirs will go from St Bart’s church in Wilm­slow to the Bod­ding­ton Arms pub. Visit char­i­ty­ fundraiser/jim­newns/ hadri­ans-wall-in-48hours.

●● Inset: Si­mon Hamp­son (left) and Jim Newns are walk­ing Hadrian’s Wall in 48 hours for char­ity Time Out Group, which pro­vides ac­tiv­i­ties lo­cally for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties

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