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Five mem­bers of the field­sports com­mu­nity raised £16,000 for the Army Benev­o­lent Fund (ABF) af­ter tak­ing part in the 2018 Front­line Walk in Oc­to­ber to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the First World War.

Walk­ing 100km un­der the Countrysports Pride & Pas­sion name in mem­ory of fel­low field­sports en­thu­si­asts and em­ploy­ees who served their coun­try dur­ing the con­flict were John Ca­vana, a gun­dog trainer and grouse moor am­bas­sador; Vic­to­ria Goodall, a fal­coner; Chris Green, the “Cor­nish Coun­try­man”; Shane Robin­son, a game shooter and wild­fowler; and Richard Wal­ton, who fol­lows hunts in south west Eng­land.

“Coun­try sports are all about com­mu­nity and friend­ship and to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the ser­vice of those who came be­fore us and raise funds for those who serve our na­tion to­day has been a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence and a great hon­our. The sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the ru­ral com­mu­nity to­wards the Front­line Walk has been in­cred­i­ble,” said Richard Wal­ton.

The walk started at Lochna­gar Crater in La Boiselle, France and fin­ished at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Bel­gium, with the Cer­e­mony of the Last Post. As a mark of re­spect the team wore coun­try­side cloth­ing and kit for the du­ra­tion of the walk.

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