Two friends who trekked 102 miles in three days accompanied by their faithful pet dogs raised £15,000 for two cancer charities.
Peter Walker and Richard Sanders took up the challenge of walking the Cotswold Way to raise money for charity.
Peter, from Crick, chose Bowel & Cancer Research because his dad died of bowel cancer at the age of 58. Richard, from Kislingbury, chose Cancer Research.
“We’ve been walking together for about 10 years around England and abroad.
“The Cotswold Way seemed like a suitable challenge and we thought we might as well raise some money at the same time,” said Peter, 53.
All began well in Bath when the first 50 miles north were bathed in sunshine.
“The views were fantastic at the summit of each hill so the climb was always worth it,” said Peter.
The next 34 miles were blighted by 11 hours of continuous rain.
“We couldn’t see a thing – just drizzle. We had to use a compass to navigate.
“We’d been training for six months, but there are a few more hills in the Cotswolds than in Northamptonshire – this was the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis three times.”
Copious blisters and the loss of four toenails didn’t stop Richard, 53, from striding stoically to the finish in Chipping Campden.
Their faithful four-legged companions Milo and Ruby staged a sit-down protest on day three so were allowed to travel in the back-up team vehicles, ably steered by wives Caroline Walker and Bridget Sanders.
“I’m sure my dad would have been proud of our walk,” said Peter.
“He was unaware he had bowel cancer and by the time it was diagnosed it was too late: he only lived six months.”
Chief executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert, thanked the pair for their achievement.