A Viking Challenge

13th May 2018

Mark Stones is preparing to trek along the Viking Way national trail, one of the UK’s largest long-distance foot paths, to raise money for Meningitis Now

Viking Challenge

The 147-mile route should take a total of 13 days to complete, according to the official guide, but Mark and his boss Paul Graves are planning on finishing the challenge in just five days – that’s nearly thirty miles a day!

Mark and Paul will be setting off on Tuesday 5 June from Oakham, arriving at the Humber bridge finish on Saturday.

It’s not just the walking that will be challenging though; the pair will be loaded up with all the supplies they need for the five days. Mark said, “We will be carrying all of our camping equipment in order to camp along the way, which will make it more of a challenge.”

Mark decided to fundraise for Meningitis Now after seeing the impact that meningitis had on his best friend’s family. Mark said, “I picked Meningitis Now as the charity for our walk because my best friend’s baby boy got diagnosed with meningitis when he was only 6 weeks old. They had a really tough time and it was difficult to see and not be able to help.” 

“I have been inspired to raise money and do what I can to help fight this awful disease.”

Mark and Paul are fully focused on the challenge and have been completing training walks, including a 25 mile walk from Skegness to South Reston.

The pair have set themselves a target of raising £2,000. Mark said, “Paul and I would like to raise as much as possible to help the charity and the people who have been affected by the disease.”

“We would love people to sponsor us because it's a really good cause and every little bit really does help - there are so many people that will benefit from the money raised.”

Sarah Lockey, Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now, said, “This is a great challenge and a fantastic way for Mark to do something positive and proactive, after feeling so helpless when his friends were experiencing the anguish of meningitis.”

“Mark and Paul are really inspirational, and I hope everyone supports them and donates what they can to this worthwhile cause.”

If you would like to show your support for Mark and Paul please visit their fundraising page at https://www.gofundme.com/viking-way-147-mile-walk