Hadrian's Wall solo trek by Rutland County Councillor Adam Lowe raises £4.1k
A county councillor defied blistered feet and punishing temperatures to complete an epic solo coast-to-coast trek for Rutland causes.
Adam Lowe finished the 84-mile hike along Hadrian’s Wall, from Bowness-on-Solway, on the Cumbrian coast, to Wallsend, in Newcastle, in three-and-a-half days last weekend.
Starting out on Friday morning, and camping out along the way, Adam arrived at his destination on Sunday evening after around 45 hours of walking.
“I would encourage anyone to go out and do something like this that they had never done before,” he said.
“If you can raise any money for good causes while doing it, that what it’s all about.”
Posting en-route updates on Facebook gave the fundraising tally a push and by Tuesday, proceeds exceeded £4,100, smashing the £3,500 target.
Adam, from Oakham, received donations from Co-op Funeral Services and Land’s End store, who also provided T-shirts, while Tesco’s supplied food for the journey.
Adam also donated his own RCC councillor’s allowance of £329 and raised a further £550 from selling off military memorabilia, as well as £150 from a car boot sale with wife Julie.
The money will be split between Rutland Historic Churches Fund and KARE, a non-registered charity Adam set up in 2015 to supply and fit Key Safes to elderly and the vulnerable in Rutland.
“The support I have had from people and businesses was fantastic,” he added.
“It was very much appreciated given the year business have struggled under.”
A training regime helped smooth the way, although a punishing hilly stretch between Gilsland and Brocolitia took its toll on day two.
“The middle section was by far the hardest part because of the ups and downs and the sun,” he explained.
“My wife and daughter drove up and walked a section with me on Saturday and offered me a lift home.
“They were concerned when they met me because I had caught the sun and was quite exhausted, but I’d managed to convince them I was okay by the time they left.”
He added: “I knew it was going to be hard because it was 84 miles and I’d never done that before.
“I had problems with my hip in training and had a knee op some yeas ago so I had some concerns, however the training paid off and all the advice really helped.”