Coast to coast trek for Ja­son

Achilles pain failed to stop 190 mile walk for char­ity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A Whit­tle­sey en­gi­neer bat­tled through the pain to trek from the west coast of Eng­land to the east in just two weeks. Ja­son Os­borne (35) com­pleted the 192 mile walk on his own from St Bees in Cum­bria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North York­shire de­spite suf­fer­ing from dam­aged Achilles ten­dons and bad blis­ters.

Ja­son’s jour­ney has raised in ex­cess of £2,200 for lo­cal char­ity De­fib­ril­la­tor For All which next year is aim­ing to screen as many young peo­ple as pos­si­ble for un­di­ag­nosed heart con­di­tions.

Thanks to Ja­son’s ef­forts, an­other 44 young peo­ple can now be screened.

The self-em­ployed elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer said: “I’ve seen peo­ple that have doneit in the past andIjust thought I would give it a go.”

Ja­son trekked through three na­tional parks and camped out overnight, cook­ing food on a gas stove then call­ing his fam­ily when he could re­ceive a phone sig­nal.

Withthe­walk­fin­ished, his part­ner Keira picked him up at Robin Hood’s Bay be­fore he went home to tuck into a de­cent cooked meal.

Ja­son said: “I did en­joy the walk but it was harder than I thought it would be. The last five to six miles seemed to go on for­ever.

“I was never re­ally bored. Some days I was walk­ing for 11 hours.”

De­spite the pain, which made his trek even more im­pres­sive, Ja­son has not been put off plan­ning a sim­i­lar challenge in the fu­ture, and he said he al­ready has ideas in his head.

He added: “My ad­vice to ev­ery­one is to get out and ex­plore this beau­ti­ful coun­try we­have. I truly haveseen­places­thatIn­ev­er­though­tex­isted, met­somea­maz­ing­peo­ple­and made­s­omegreat­friend­sa­long the way.”

De­fib­ril­la­tor for All will now be able to hire CRY (Car­diac Screen­ing in the Young) to car­ry­outscreen­ingtests­for young peo­ple.

Deb­o­rah Sla­tor, the char­ity’s chair, said: “We are so grate­ful to Ja­son for tak­ing on this gi­gan­tic task to sup­port the peo­ple of Whit­tle­sey and help us to raise much needed funds.” To spon­sor Ja­son’s trek, visit: https://www.just­giv­ fundrais­ing/ja­son-os­borne1.

Ja­son Os­borne dur­ing his walk

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