Friends complete coastal trek as lasting legacy to football fan
PUBLISHED: 07:30 17 June 2016
A group of friends have raised thousands of pounds after completing a gruelling 47-mile walk in memory of a Worlingham man.
Michael Peek, who was an avid Norwich City Football Club supporter, tragically died from pancreatic cancer just a month after he was diagnosed.
And as a lasting legacy to him, seven of his closest companions took part in a coastal trek from Cromer to Hunstanton to raise money for the Canaries’ charity partner.
Michael Sharman, Mark Filby, Ann Waller, Mark Jones, Kevin Hickman, Guy Paterson and Gavin Boast gathered together as Peeky’s Never Mind the Danger team to undertake the 24-hour walk over Friday and Saturday.
They have raised more than £5,000 for the Sporting Light Appeal, which is organised by the Community Sports Foundation and helps get disabled and disadvantaged people into sport.
Mr Sharman said it was an amazing experience.
“We had a fantastic team of all various levels of fitness, but we were strong,” he said. “When we got to 22 miles, which was at Wells, Mark Filby became light headed as he was waiting to have a massage, and he did faint. Luckily Mark Jones caught him. He had to go through several checks, but he had amazing courage to continue.
“It was then starting to get into the night and there was a big change of atmosphere, it did begin getting serious and we were walking in wet weather. It was the first time I saw the foot doctor and I remember he said to me ‘now your in the challenge’ and I knew what he meant.”
Although the team was spilt up for the final few hours with the fitter members walking ahead, the whole team were reunited to cross the finish line together after 21 hours and 30 minutes.
And despite a few sore muscles and blisters, some of the team are even contemplating the trek again next year.
Mr Filby posted on Facebook: “A big thank you to all those who have sponsored us. We were a proper team in every way and I thank you all, it was a strange mixture of some of the best and worst experiences I have ever had in 24 hours.”
Mr Jones added: “Here’s to you Michael Peek, I hope your looking down on us with a smile as what we put ourselves through was because of the person you were, RIP buddy.”
Mr Peek first began experiencing discomfort last March and he was diagnosed with terminal cancer on May 1 last year. The cancer was so aggressive that doctors were unable to give him any treatment and he passed away on June 3, 2015.
The team thanked everyone for their support including India Gate in Beccles for sponsorship, Bradman Lake Social Club for a generous donation and the Town House Cafe, who held a cake stall during the Aviva Women’s Tour. You can still sponsor by visiting http//:uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for each team member.