Golfers cover 20 miles for charity

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Golfers from Kimberley raised over £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care after covering a 20 mile course in blistering heat.

The team of golfers – who started at 4.30am – were sponsored to play four rounds in one day at Chilwell Manor Golf Club.

Team captain John Holmes said: “We started as soon as we could see and we finished at 8pm that night. We were worried about day light so we only had a ten minute break between each round all day! We had to go, go, go and it was red hot.

“Trying to concentrate for that long all day in hot weather was really hard.

“I think next year we might do a coffee morning!,” joked John.

John Holmes, Tim Shepherd, Paul Farn and Ian Gollage raised £4,200 in total, and people are still donating.

Joy at the half way house raised £700 and The Royal oak Golf Society in Watnall donated £500.

John, of Sourbank Close, suggested the group of friends embark on the challenge after his aunty was diagnosed with cancer.

“It’s such a worthy charity,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter who you are – they let people die with dignity and they treat everyone the same. The more we can raise the better. Everyone is affected by cancer in some way.”

The 51-year-old said the golfers’ families and friends cheered them on at the final round.

“Everyone was clapping. It was great. The support we have had has been unbelievable,” he said.

The fundraisers finished 77 under par.

Nationwide 800 golfers took part in the Macmillan golf challenge. The total has not been announced yet but last year it raised half a million pounds.

John emailed the comedian Roy Chubby Brown, who has had cancer and does a lot for charity, asking for his support.

Roy replied saying he would promote their fundraising challenge on his facebook page where he has 66,000 friends.

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