Magdalen couple boost cancer care with charity Wall trek

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A Magdalen couple raised £579 for Macmillan Cancer Care after completing an 85 mile trek the length of Hadrian’s Wall last Friday.

David, 49, and Sarah Coles, 26, pulled on their boots and walked the distance between Walls End in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Solway Firth on the west coast in just five days.

David said: “We passed through Newcastle following the wall out into the Northumberland countryside. By the third day we began to see a lot more of the ruins, up across the Pennines which was much tougher walking made worse by constant high winds and rain, but fantastic scenery.

“The fourth day flattened out as we approached Carlisle, before a final day of glorious sun as we walked across the salt marshes of the Solway Firth out to the end at Bowness on Solway. What did we do when we got home? Went for a walk!”

The pair are no stranger to long distance walks after completing a 200 mile highland hike in 2012, which raised £850 for the British Heart Foundation, and a 190 mile coast-to-coast walk last year.

This time they decided to take on the challenge for Macmillan Cancer Care in memory of David’s mother.

He said: “Years ago my mother died of cancer, so this one’s for her and all those affected by this disease.”