Two Ribble Valley men are putting their best foot forward and walking 72 miles non-stop with a goal of raising £4,000 for two good causes.
Jack Spees, director of the Ribble Rivers Trust and Mark Rudd, a fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, are taking on the Ribble Way Challenge and walking from the estuary at Preston to the source of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales.
The walk will begin at the Dolphin Inn, Longton, early on the morning of Friday, August 1, and continues throughout the night. They hope to reach the finish line on Gayle Moor early on Saturday morning.
Jack has taken on a similar task in the past, completing the 100km Oxfam Trailtrekker.
He said: “I have no doubt that it’s going to be tough. The Ribble Way is 15km longer than the Oxfam walk I did a few years ago, but the opportunity to raise money for two very good causes means our efforts will be worthwhile.”
A fundraising target of £4,000 has been set and the money will be split equally between the Ribble Rivers Trust and WaterAid.
Ribble Vallley MP Nigel Evans is supporting the pair.
He said: “The Ribble Rivers Trust is an important local charity which aims to protect and restore the river, streams and watercourses within the Ribble catchment and to raise public awareness of the value of our local rivers and streams. A £15 donation improves 10 meters of river by planting trees and erecting fences to reduce pollution, erosion and flooding.”
Text your donation amount to RWAY26.