US-trek couple pass 700 miles

Nick Russell started his walk across the USA with his wife Lucy at Tybee Island, Georgia

Nick Russell started his walk across the USA with his wife Lucy at Tybee Island, Georgia

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A COUPLE have walked a quarter of the way across America on their quest to raise £15,000 for charity.

Nick and Lucy Russell, who grew up in Stamford and went to Stamford Endowed Schools, set off in October on a mission to walk 3,000 miles from the east coast of the US to the west.

They began their journey in Tybee Island, Georgia and have so far covered more than 700 miles. The couple are raising money for the Pamir Trust, a charity they set up to support sustainable development projects in Tajikistan after visiting the country in 2009.

Nick, 25, who gave up his job as a civil servant in London to undertake the journey, said: “The walking is going painfully, but steadily.

“We’ve had our share of frustrations along the way. Our ankles have protested on several occasions and slowed us down by a few days and of course we’ve had a few blisters too.

“However, we’re picking up the pace now and are getting back on track for our six month target.”

The couple spent Christmas in a motel in Pelahatchie, Mississippi but still managed to enjoy Champagne and Christmas dinner. A lack of entertainment on the walk has not affected their spirits.

Nick added: “Walking can get a bit tedious at times – you are walking for 20 miles beside a busy highway, with the only wildlife visible being roadkill by the side of the road.

“But that’s countered by all of the hospitality we’ve been offered including countless offers of a lift every day we’re walking, all of which have been politely refused, of course.”

The couple have so far raised about £3,000 with more people pledging money by the mile.

To read more and donate, visit www.walkamerica.co.uk.