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Good friends Steve Bertuzzi and Stef Douglas from Greetham in Rutland walk along Hadrian's Wall dressed as Roman centurions in aid of The MS Society, The Lodge Trust and St Mary's Church roof fund

Good friends from Rutland have finished an 84-mile trek along Hadrian’s Wall dressed as Roman Centurions and raised almost £5,000.

Steve Bertuzzi, 51, and Stef Douglas, 46, both from Greetham, started the walk on May 6 in Bowness-on Solway and finished at the Segedunum Fort in Newcastle on Friday.

The money they raised will be split between The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Lodge Trust in Market Overton and the roof fund of St Mary’s Church in Greetham.

Roman Centurions walk along Hadrian's Wall (10215607)
Roman Centurions walk along Hadrian's Wall (10215607)

“It’s been amazing,” said Steve, who is the chief executive of a medical device company.

“It was hard but it was good, it was a success and we’ve had lots of support for which we are very grateful.

“Everybody we met along the way had a smile on their face as two Roman Centurions approached!

"Our kit weighed around 25 kilos because of the armour, shields, helmets and swords.

“The weather was mixed throughout really but the worst was on the Wednesday with rain and wind.

"That was the day where we faced some of the most challenging terrain you can imagine because we had to go through Sycamore Gap where Robin Hood was filmed.

“It really is beautiful along Hadrian’s Wall.

“We met people from all over the world - Americans, Australians, Canadians - stop and talk to us and give us change.

"We collected something in the region of £700 from people on the way.

“The response has been remarkable - we only set out to raise £2,000 but we've got about £4,800 and we hope to hit £5,000 before the end of May so we're absolutely delighted!"

Once all the money is in, it will be donated to the charities.

Visit Just Giving to donate.

Click here to read about Steve and Stef preparing for the walk.

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