Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fundraising Is a 70-Mile Walk in the Park for One Businessman

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fundraising Is a 70-Mile Walk in the Park for One Businessman

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FOR most people, juggling the running of a business and family life would be challenging enough, thank you very much.

But father-of-two David Wilson, 37, sets the bar somewhat higher.

In 2012 he completed the 80-mile Hadrian's Wall trail in 30 non-stop hours in aid of St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle and in 2014 he undertook the Lakes 24 Peaks Challenge for the second time.

He also ran the Great North Run, again for the hospice, and on arrival in South Shields, turned around and ran back to the start in Newcastle.

Now David is ready for his next feat of endurance - walking the length of Northumberland National Park nonstop from its most northerly to its southernmost tip.

On May 27 he will set off from near Kirknewton on a route which will take in Yeavering Bell, Newton Tors, Cheviot, a diversion to Bellingham and then Housesteads and Walltown on Hadrian's Wall.

He hopes to cover the 70 miles (or 175,000 steps) in 28 hours. David is managing director of NE Money Ltd in Seaton Burn, offering mortgage and financial advice, and lives in Gosforth in Newcastle.

The aim of his latest trek is to promote the park, its attractions and the Sill landscape discovery centre which is under construction near Hadrian's Wall.

He anticipates that the toughest stretch will be the 25 miles he will have to cover in darkness.

He says: "Many people don't realise what is on their doorstep and I want to showcase the fact that what you can see in the national park is phenomenal. I'm a big advocate of encouraging people to get outside.

"I've always worked well under pressure and there's no greater motivator than a looming deadline or risk of failure to get you into action.

"I always like to have something to aim towards from a fitness point of view whether that's the Great North Run or some tougher challenge.

"I like things to be achievable in a timely manner as between family and business I can't commit to weeks or months of walking, running or cycling somewhere - more's the pity. But this presents a problem as a lot of the things I end up doing are relatively big undertakings, just in short periods of time. …

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