Friends gear up for Pennine walk

NMAC11-0247-1'Babcock employees Jamie Hemmings, Chris Hannant, Marc Heath and Michael Heath who are in training for their 50 mile in 24 hour trek across the Pennines in aid of UK based charity Medequip for Kids, pictured at their Sherwood Business Park base last Friday.

NMAC11-0247-1'Babcock employees Jamie Hemmings, Chris Hannant, Marc Heath and Michael Heath who are in training for their 50 mile in 24 hour trek across the Pennines in aid of UK based charity Medequip for Kids, pictured at their Sherwood Business Park base last Friday.

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A GRUELLING hiking challenge awaits four fundraisers who have signed up to tackle a 50-mile charity walk over the Pennines in just 24 hours.

Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Hemmings, of Mansfield, Sutton man Chris Hannant (26), and brothers Marc Heath (31), of Skegby, and 25-year-old Michael Heath, of Mansfield Woodhouse, want to raise £1,800 for children’s charity MedEquip4kids.

Jamie says the walk is one of the toughest organised challenges in the country and the pals - who all work for Babcocks International in Annesley - would have to work hard on their fitness to be ready for the gruelling route.

Said Jamie: “We know that there is a lot of training to do and we have been told the ‘Megahike’ should not be underestimated under any circumstances.

“But it’s something a few people at work have wanted to do for a while now.”

Their hike is set in the heart of the Pennines and competitors will set off on 25th June from Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough.

The route will take the team past stunning scenery while testing them physically and mentally as they trek along sections of the ‘backbone of England’, the Pennine Way.

Last year’s participants had to deal with soaring temperatures as well as the expecting problems with blisters, fatigue and injury.

But as an ex-soldier, Jamie is more qualified than most to give his group’s chances the thumbs up.

“I think we’ll be fine, as long as we all get on with it and support each other.”

MedEquip4kids funds items known to improve the care provided to children but not readily available with the NHS’s limited budgets.

Added Jamie: “I haven’t got kids myself but some of the others do, and the charity is something we were all keen to support.”

The four trekkers are appealing for sponsorship to help support the charity and to find out how to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/ayMicMarcChrisMEGAHIKE.