Pewsey Firefighters Mark Hillier, Mark Lewis, Stuart Hillier, Liam Smart and Tom Richie, are walking 62 miles to the sea at Christchurch in order to raise money for Pewsey Carnival.
They will set off from the heart Pewsey at 5pm next Friday, September 18, and walk through the night to arrive at the sea on what would have been Pewsey Carnival Day 2020.
Crew Manager, Mark Lewis said, “With Coronavirus restricting fund raising activities for Pewsey Carnival this year the Firefighters of the village wanted to do something to support the local community and couldn’t think of a better way than emulating the epic voyage that was made 100 years ago down the River Avon to the sea.
We are marking the 100th anniversary of the first challenge set by locals for a £5 bet. Unfortunately we won’t be able to row the length of the Avon as they did a 100 years ago but would like to set a new time on foot and lay the gauntlet down for future generations.”
The route follows the Pewsey Avon Trail to Salisbury and then the Avon Valley path from Salisbury to Christchurch.
The team, who have been out training for the challenge, are looking for as many people as possible to sponsor them.
To support the Firefighters in their challenge go to
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