Team ‘overwhelmed’ after completion of challenge

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Staff from the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury have completed their marathon challenge almost two hours quicker than expected.

The group, who called themselves The Whittington Walkers, after this year’s pantomime Dick Whittington, completed the 52 mile challenge from Aylesbury to London in 20 hours.

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

They set off from the theatre at 4am on Saturday morning with the aim of raising £5,000 for the Florence Nightingale Hospice’s children’s team.

Ali Trimming, marketing and press assistant at the theatre, said: “It was an unbelievable feeling when we crossed the finish line.

“We had hoped to finish at 2am on the Sunday morning but from the moment we started we were ahead of our planned pace.

“It was a very hot day but the first group still managed to finish at 11.30pm.

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

“We had physio throughout the day during our breaks because we all had blisters.

“Some people felt a bit sick at times or were feeling stressed because of the heat.

“When we got to Big Ben it felt like we had nothing left and it was a case of mind over matter.

“It was a huge achievement for all of us and it was a massive team effort.

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team from The Works get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the team from The Works get ready to leave Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

“We would like to thank everyone travelling in the support vehicles who helped us.

“We have so far raised £3,200 through online donations alone.

“At the moment I feel very sore so I am likely to retire from double marathons but you can never say never.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/watersidewhittingtonwalkers

The Waterside Whittington Walk - they're off!

The Waterside Whittington Walk - they're off!

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the walkers reach Bedgrove

The Waterside Whittington Walk - the walkers reach Bedgrove