Brothers to walk 93 miles to Skegness

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THREE brothers and their brother-in-law are walking 93 miles in just over 24 hours for charity.

16-year-old Mark Pickworth, from Eastwood, will be taking on the challenge to walk from Heanor to Skegness alongside his brothers David, 45 and Sean, 29 and his sister’s husband Andrew, 27.

They leave at midnight on August 30, with the aim of arriving at the seaside town by 10.30am.

The group have been doing a ten mile walk and two hours in the gym every day since February to train for it.

Organiser Sean, 29, said he is not at all nervous, and is confident they will all manage it.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I’m fully confident – it won’t be a problem. Everyone has done the training. It will be hard but we will do it. The training and the adrenaline will get us through it,” he said.

The brothers will have to average a speed of five miles an hour to make sure they get there on time and allow for food and drink stops.

Their dad used to do a lot of fundraising events for charity and Sean said now he felt it was their turn.

He chose Macmillan Cancer Care to raise money for because they have had family affected by the disease.

“I thought to myself now it’s our turn to make a change and give something back to the community, and I wanted to pick a tough challenge so people realised how serious it was and how important it was to raise for good causes.

“Macmillan is a charity close to everyone’s heart. They do a fantastic job, not only for the cancer sufferers but also for their families,” added Sean

The group of brothers have so far raised £2,000 in sponsorship, but hope to raise more.

Sean’s partner Zoe Briggs, 24, said they had done some intense training but it will all be worth it.

“They have been doing some intense training. They’ve done one or two 50 mile walks where they will leave at 8am and get back later that day at about 3pm.

We wanted to say thank you to Macmillan because of all the support they given our families. We always go on holiday to Skegness, and Sean’s family used to go there all the time so its the perfect place to go to remember them.”

They brothers now intend to organise a fundraising event every year.