IT’S their biggest challenge yet.
While most of their peers are collecting their free bus passes, Huddersfield duo, Keith Hilton and Peter Gallagher, are setting off on an epic 245 mile walk from Holmfirth to London.
The challenge of Olympic proportions will end appropriately at the east London stadium hosting the games, raising thousands for Help The Heroes in the process.
The walk is more than double the pair’s last challenge, a 120-mile walk to Cumbria.
Keith, 60, said he was looking forward to the ten day walk, which will set off on July 15.
He said: “I think physically we’ll be okay, it’s more about dealing with walking day after day, knowing you’ve got to do at least 24 miles.
“It’s a mental game, but I’m sure we’ll be up to it.”
Keith and Peter will use the National Cycle Network route through Derbyshire and then follow canal tow paths through the heart of England to the Thames, eventually walking through Windsor Great Park, London Zoo and Regents Park to finish in Stratford for the Olympics.
They then plan to spend four days attending various events at the London games.
The walk is the third in a series completed in order to raise funds for the veterans’ charity.
Last year Keith, an educational consultant and Peter, a former managing director, now a consultant for the food industry,
walked 120 miles from Holme village, West Yorkshire to Holme village, Cumbria – raising £6,380.
The year before it was Hadrian’s Wall raising £3,600.
This year they hope to raise £10,000.
Added Keith: “We’ve got a lot of support and our families are right behind us.
“Some friends are joining us on sections of the walk so there’ll be lots of chat and admiring the landscape. We’ve got to face the monotony of walking day after day but I’m still excited.”
The two walkers have already received generous support from Holme Valley residents and businesses, including sponsorship from Holmfirth based outdoor retailers Outdoormania.
Phil Haynes, from Outdoormania said: “Keith and Peter are undertaking their biggest challenge to date and we are really happy to support the cause and ensure that the guys have the right equipment to ensure comfort and also minimise injuries.”
Donations can be made online at www.bmycharity.com/H4Holympicwalk or at the Dunford Road store.