Birth­day boy clocks up the miles

The Oban Times - - News -

A 72-YEAR- OLD man has cel­e­brated his birth­day by walk­ing more than 300 miles for char­ity.

John Dodd, from Northum­ber­land, started his 600-mile jour­ney on his birth­day on Satur­day March 11 in Brook­lands, a motor rac­ing cir­cuit in Sur­rey, in mem­ory of ac­tor James Robertson Justice, who once fea­tured on the track.

John has raised more than £ 500 so far for four char­i­ties close to his heart: the Chil­dren’s Hospice As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land, Head­way, Age Con­cern and Menin­gi­tis Now. John has been a film fa­natic since the age of 14 and has worked as an ex­tra on a num­ber of films in­clud­ing Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral, Around the World in 80 Days and TV series Min­der.

When pass­ing the Lochaber Times of­fice on Mon­day, John was on his way to Spean Bridge for the night, be­fore walk­ing to Glen­garry then on to In­ver­ness and Dornoch prior to get­ting the bus back to Glas­gow then home. He said: ‘I will have walked in ex­cess of 350 miles when I fin­ish which is not bad for a 72-year- old. I have just been tak­ing my time with it. I started walk­ing about 15 years ago af­ter I lost the last mem­ber of my fam­ily. I wasn’t go­ing to sit at home so I did seven walks that first year.’

John Dodd in the Lochaber Times’ of­fice on Mon­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.