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A group of nine men, including members of Durham City Rugby Club, will undertake a non-stop 3 day walk covering the boundary of County Durham to help raise funds for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

They plan to set off on the route known as ‘The Durham Round’ from the Hospice on 21st June and return back there after accomplishing the 170 mile route on 23rd June.

Alex Rae from Durham City Rugby Club who is taking part said: “We’re hoping to complete the loop in around 50 hours. We have two teams of four who will be interchanging every four hours. Allowing the other members to rest and eat in our support vehicle. The ninth member of our team is driving the support vehicle.”

“We’ve been out for plenty of practice walks and know we will have to walk a pace of around 4mph to complete the walk in the timescale we have set ourselves. As we’ll be walking non-stop much of the route will be completed in darkness, including a tricky section at Cauldron Snout.”

“We all have our different reasons for supporting St Cuthbert’s but the Hospice is particularly special to me as my father currently attends the Sporting Memories group at the Living Well Centre. It’s a huge help to him in so many ways.My wife has volunteered in the kitchens for a number of years as her father also attended St Cuthbert’s. Steve, Mike and Knighty are walking in memory of their friend Jason Brown who was cared for there too, so it’s a big part of our lives.”

Jade McArdle Senior Community and Events Fundraiser said: “We are always so amazed when our supporters push themselves to do incredible things for St Cuthbert’s. This challenge is definitely going to be tough for the team but we’ve no doubt their determination and camaraderie will help them along the way.”

“The sponsorship they raise will help us to help many more families in County Durham who need our care and support.”

To sponsor the team please visit



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