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26-mile walk to raise funds for cancer charity

Planning and design consultants are taking on the challenge of hiking 26 miles across Hampshire and Wiltshire to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The nine-strong team from Barton Willmore’s Southampton office will be putting their map-reading skills to good use by walking between Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals along the Clarendon Way. Their route will start beside the River Avon at Salisbury Cathedral and end by the waters of the River Itchen in the centre of Winchester.

In preparation for the challenge on 17th August the team has already started training with a series of cycle rides, gym training and hikes.

Steph Maton, one of the team, said: “As a team we wanted to raise some money for a good cause and we decided that a 26-mile walk would be something we could all get involved in but was still a big enough of a challenge!

“We look at maps of the South coast on a daily basis and wanted to incorporate our interest in the beauty and topography of the local area into raising money for a good cause. We’re certainly not expecting it to be easy as the route is quite hilly in parts, so we have been training hard.

“I don’t think there is a single person who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way, so that’s why we have chosen to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Those taking part include: Alice Drew, Luke Vallins, Jen Samuelson, Robin Shepherd, Steph Maton, Alex Higgin, Carolyn Organ and Rebecca Horrocks.

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