The story so far ……
In July 2009 Marc and Steve completed the Ghurkha challenge, although in different teams they had enjoyed the challenge and discussed ideas of raising money for another charity. They both had personal reasons for choosing greyhound gap and hit upon the idea of walking the 4 coast to coast walks of Great Britain. This would mean 1 walk each year for 4 years and bring a total mileage of 1,000 miles; they set themselves a target of reaching £10,000 for Greyhound Gaps Kennel fund.
So in 2011 Marc & Steve walked Wainwrights coast to coast walk. They walked on average 22.2 miles a day for 9 days to complete the 200 mile walk and raised £2,550.00.
In 2012 They launched they’re own website and facebook page called walkingthebeat and were joined by Community officer Stuart and completed an arduous 212 miles of the “Southern Upland Way” in what can only be described as horrendous conditions. Total mileage walked so far 412 and a further £4,030.00 raised for the kennel fund!.
So onto this year 2013
The walk will be tailored to 180 miles over 7.5 days which will see the guys walk on average 24 miles a day. Upon completion of this walk will bring the total mileage completed to date to a staggering 600 miles over their 3 coast to coast walks.
As always the walk is totally self-funded with all money raised being donated to Greyhound Gaps kennel fund.
Greyhound Gap is a small independent charity set up to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds and lurchers who find themselves in a ‘put to sleep’ situation in UK pounds. Funded almost entirely by donations, they rehome around 150 dogs each year. We can have up to 60 dogs in our care at any one time, in foster homes or in holding kennels awaiting suitable foster homes. Greyhound Gap operates on a national basis so our dogs can be homed in most areas throughout the UK.
A few words on how my son Marc views these walks.
“The coast to coast routes each year are more than just a walk. It’s an adventure it’s about the people you meet and the relationships formed. It’s about geography & history that you pass through. It’s about getting your feet wet at the beginning and the end! It’s what you learn about yourself. But most importantly it’s about raising funds and awareness for the Greyhound Gap.” – Marc Norman (03.07.11)
“In life you do the right thing…not for a medal…not to be hailed a hero…but simply because IT IS the right thing to do.”
‘Walking the beat’ seemed an ‘apt’ choice of a title with all the team members having a link to the police.
Donations can be made by clicking on the walkingthebeat logo at the top of the page this will take you to our website and the link to just giving.
Many thanks Sue.
PS Once the walk starts I will of course update this blog and the facebook page which can be found here