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‘So, this was really difficult!”

August update!  On Saturday 6th August 2022, John took part in the Coast 2 Coast Challenge

He says “So, it was really difficult! I found it harder (mentally and physically) than the two days of 31 miles in July when I did the Race to the Stones event.”

This was a truly tough challenge with the following highlights:

  • 32.26 miles walked (he went the wrong way for a bit!)
  • 4,982ft of total climb (equivalent to Ben Nevis)
  • Completed in 11h55m
  • Multiple ‘pains au chocolat’ provided good fuel
  • 4am start to drive across Exmoor to get to the start at Dunster Castle.

Well done John!  John has now completed an amazing and blistering 1,266 miles of his epic walking challenge to complete 2,022 miles in 2022 (from Torrington to Finland (virtually).


14th July 2022: Fuelled by Marmite sandwiches, an enormous well done to John (Evans) for completing his epic 62-mile walk along the Ridgeway last weekend as part of the gruelling Race to the Stones event.  This involved total climbs over the route of 3,704 feet (more than the height of Snowdon) – AND he managed it in a hugely impressive time of 18 hours, 39 minutes!  No wonder he’s smiling …

John, who lives in Torrington, says “It was really hot so I was up at 4am both days,  but there was great support from the event organisers and even the odd hosepipe spray down from locals as we passed through villages!  Huge thanks to Tim, my business partner, who encouraged me to enter and made a great walking companion during the weekend.”

You’ll be glad to hear John reached the Finish Line unscathed with just a few blisters – not bad after walking 31-miles each day!  He’s now even entered the ballot draw to do it again next year. Thank you again John – now rest those feet for a few days!

2,022 miles in 2022

John entered #RaceToTheStones as part of his challenge to walk 2,022 miles in 2022 for FiG! (the equivalent of walking from Torrington, North Devon to Sotisaari in Finnish Lapland) and raise £2,022 for FiG along the way.  John knew he wanted to support a local small charity and Families in Grief fitted the bill because ‘grief and bereavement is something we don’t talk about enough.’

John is now 195 days into the 2,022-mile walking challenge. 1,162 miles completed and 860 miles remaining.

If you would like to support him, please visit John’s GoFundMe page! Do look out for John on his walks and give him a wave or hoot the horn to help him on his way.  And any donations, however small, would help to keep his spirits high.

We’ll keep you all updated on his progress (virtual) to Lapland!  And you can follow John on his journey throughout the year on Virtual Mission.

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