Four attempt the Wolds Way in just one day to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK

In the early hours of next Saturday (June 19) four local men will start an attempt to complete the Yorkshire Wolds Way in just one day.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 10:00 pm
Sam Atkinson, James Flint, Dick Watson, Kieran Hardy and Tom Hardy ahead of the 79-mile challenge.

The 79-mile challenge is the idea of Pocklington resident Kieran Hardy who is raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK

Kieran’s grandfather Richard ‘Dick’ Watson was diagnosed with the disease last year and this inspired Kieran to suggest the challenge to his brother Tom, and other family members James Flint (former Pocklington School Pupil and Pocklington Rugby Club Player) and Sam Atkinson (married to OP and Pocklington Hockey Captain Charlotte).

The team set themselves an initial fundraising target of £5,000 on the JustGiving page ahead of the gruelling attempt.

This target has already been smashed with £5,370 being donated by 169 supporters.

Kieran said: “We certainly aren’t underestimating how big this challenge is but together we’re hopefully going to complete it. If you’d like to support us and donate, we would be so grateful.”

The group have been training extensively over the past six months to give them the best chance of achieving their goal, and have recently completed the route over two Saturdays as part of their regime.

The quartet aims to complete the National Trail from Hessle Foreshore to Filey Brigg, which is generally recommended to be attempted over five days, in approximately 20 hours.

They will depart from beneath the Humber Bridge around sunrise, ascending onto the Wolds near North Ferriby, then walking and running Nnorth through the East Yorkshire leg of the route, passing local villages including South Cave, Goodmanham, Millington and Fridaythorpe, before heading into North Yorkshire and turning east towards the east coast.

A spokesman said: “None of the team have any previous experience of long distance running or walking on this scale, but have relished the opportunity to train during the latest national lockdown as a way to offer support to Dick whilst he received treatment at Castle Hill Hospital.

“So far, they have raised over £5,300 through the JustGiving page, whilst further offline donations mean they are well placed to increase the total even further.”

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/woldswayinaday if you would like to support the team and Prostate Cancer UK.