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A football club boss yomped for miles to raise thousands for a cancer charity – dressed as a penguin.

Railway Beacon YFC Laurence Reed presented a cheque to the Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre for £2,013 after completing his fourth 26- mile walking challenge along Hadrian’s Wall.

In total, Laurence, from Milehouse in Plymouth, has raised more than £11,000 for the centre in memory of his wife Brenda, who lost her fight with breast cancer in 2013.

This year nearly 300 people took part in the challenge that involves walking the length of a marathon along the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, passing Roman forts and settlements.

Laurence said: “I found the walk hard again this year suffering from lactic acid building up in the upper legs but luckily the weather was great, being dry and overcast.

“It took me 12 hours 14 minutes, including breaks, to complete the walk and once again the support along the route was phenomenal, with well-organised water and food stations.”

Laurence, 67, was able to help and encourage those taking the challenge for the first time.

He said: “I’ve had lots of support for my challenge including the management, staff and customers of Wetherspoons pub The Britannia at Milehouse, the congregation of Pilgrim United Reform Church and to Dartmoor Brewery who donated donating a barrel of Jail Ale which raised £255 for Macmillan after being sold at The Samson Inn in Gilsland, Northum- berland by landlord Liam McNulty.

“Having basically walked the whole length of the wall in the last four years I am not sure what next year’s challenge will be!”
Local Macmillan fund-raising manager Sian Ward-Edwards said: “We are so grateful for the funds he has raised. All of the money raised will help the Mustard Tree Centre support local people affected by cancer.”

Anyone wishing to take on a challenge can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/events

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