One man’s preparation for gruelling charity challenge

Roger Wilson preparing to tackle the Freedom Trail over the Pyrenees
Roger Wilson preparing to tackle the Freedom Trail over the Pyrenees

A gruelling four-day hike over the Pyrenees lies ahead for a Banbury man – and all in the name of charity.

Roger Wilson, of Austin Drive, has just started a training programme ahead of his Freedom Trail challenge in July, which will see him climb and hike through the Pyreenes over 2,000 metres in altitude.

The 51-year-old will be raising both money for and awareness of the Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA); a charity close to his heart as one of his sisters has the rare auto-immune disease which causes certain muscles to become weak.

The trek, which is organised by Discover Adventure, will see Mr Wilson follow one of the toughest World War Two escape routes from Nazi-occupied France, where locals risked their lives to help the thousands of allied servicemen and Jewish refugees fleeing to safety.

Mr Wilson said: “The reason I chose this adventure is because I wanted a genuine challenge; I will need to be pretty fit, and able to walk and climb for up to nine hours a day.

“I feel this pays respect to the generation that risked or lost their lives for our freedom, and hopefully a bigger challenge will raise a substantial amount of money for the MGA.”

Although Mr Wilson’s official target is to raise £2,000, he hopes he can top the record amount of £5,000 raised for the charity. To donate and to keep up the date with Mr Wilson’s training, visit