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Rutland County Councillor set for 84-mile Hadrian's Wall charity trek

Rutland county councillor Adam Lowe will transport himself back 2,000 years when he takes on an epic walking challenge next month.

Adam is deep in training for the 84-mile fundraising walk along the Hadrian’s Wall footpath which he plans to complete in four days.

He is starting the solo trek from Bowness-on-Solway, on the Cumbrian coast, to Wallsend, in Newcastle, on Friday, June 4, carrying a 30lb backpack and camping out overnight.

Adam Lowe will carry a 30lb backpack on his 84-mile trek along Hadrian's Wall
Adam Lowe will carry a 30lb backpack on his 84-mile trek along Hadrian's Wall

“As I’ll be doing it in June, the plan is to get up early each day and do a good part of the walk before it gets too hot,” he said.

“People have told me I'm mad, but the response has been really good and I’m already 58 per cent towards my target.”

Adam wants to raise £3,500 to be split between Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust and his own charity K.A.R.E., which he supplies and fits key safes for the vulnerable and elderly in the county, free of charge.

He also boosted his total by £330 by donating his monthly councillor’s allowance for April, and is also doing a car boot with his wife to further boost the total.

The 57-year-old, who is co-ordinator for the biannual Ride and Stride fundraiser at Oakham All Saints Church, was spurred into action by the pandemic.

“I started planning it when I was made redundant last year and suddenly had the time to do it,” he explained.

“I now work for the National Probation Service and the shifts fit perfectly around the training.

“I have done lots of exercise and training when I was a younger man in the Army, but at 57 the body isn’t what it was.

“But the pandemic reminds you that life is such a great thing and we should fulfil our dreams.”

This will be his first visit to Hadrian’s Wall, and as a history buff is keen to walk in the footsteps of Roman sentries.

Work began on building the frontier wall for the emperor in AD 122.

“When you get to the middle it’s quite open to the elements,” he added.

“But I’m looking forward to standing on the peaks and looking to the north because then I will be slipping back a couple of thousand years to what was going through a Roman soldier’s mind while on sentry duty.”

* To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adam-verses-hadrianswall

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