They took on the 175-mile route from Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington in Yorkshire to raise money and disease awareness, in memory of family friend Lewis Hilton, who was taken by meningitis at only 19-years-old.
The popular route passes through the historic cities of York and Lancaster, and lesser known gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon, as well as the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Wolds. It’s usually scheduled over several days but to add to the personal challenge Joe and Jonny decided to push their limits and attempt it in around 18 hours. It’s not the first time that either of them has set themselves a challenge to support our work in memory of Lewis. Joe, 20, a technician with Volkswagon, undertook a triathlon for us last summer. Not to be outdone, dad Jonny took on a Himalaya trek to Everest base camp.
They both also completed the UK’s hardest road marathon in Huddersfield in June this year. Together, to date, they’ve raised an amazing £10,900 and their efforts have helped a tribute fund in memory of Lewis.
Never had a chance to say goodbye
“Because of how fast the meningitis took over I never actually had a chance to say goodbye to Lewis,” Joe said. “If I’d known the last time I saw him it was going to be the last time I could speak to him I would have made more of an effort to thank him for being such a good friend all throughout my childhood."
Jonny added: “We are now very aware of Meningitis Now and try to support you as best we can. The home visit you made helped us to realise that the grief process takes each individual down their own path and that each one is normal.”