Book inspires duo to tackle 20 walks in three days around Shipston

Mike Langrish and Martin Foster who are doing 20 walks in three days to raise funds for Shipston Nursing Home. NNL-150704-153424001
Mike Langrish and Martin Foster who are doing 20 walks in three days to raise funds for Shipston Nursing Home. NNL-150704-153424001

Twenty walks in three days is the challenge for two local residents.

Vet Martin Foster and Mike Langrish will be raising money for Shipston Home Nursing by completing all the walks in the book ‘20 Walks in Shipston Country’ between tomorrow, Friday and Sunday.

“We’re planning to walk about 40 miles on the Friday, 40 on the Saturday, and that would leave us 30 on Sunday and we would welcome any other walkers who might want to join us for all or any of the walks.”

Martin Foster

Mr Foster received a copy of the book, written by Peter Titchmarsh, for Christmas and asked his friend Mr Langrish after his son said ‘no way’ to doing the challenge with him.

Mr Foster said: “We’re planning to walk about 40 miles on the Friday, 40 on the Saturday, and that would leave us 30 on Sunday and we would welcome any other walkers who might want to join us for all or any of the walks – we’ll be planning to go at a brisk walking speed. We’ll put together an itinerary of times and places on the justgiving page and Shipston Home Nursing website.”

Mr Langrish and Mr Foster have been friends for 10 years after meeting at Shipston Running Club. Mr Foster runs regularly and Mr Langrish, who turns 76 after the challenge, is an accomplished fell runner and a keen orienteer.

He has completed other challenges including the Bob Graham Round, a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits covering 27,000ft of the highest peaks in the Lake District in 24 hours. He was also the second fastest man in his age group to complete the Joss Naylor Lakeland challenge five years ago.  Sponsor the pair at www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Mawle