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March Postie Nick Winterton completes the Wye Valley Challenge and smashes his fundraising target.



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Driving rain and slippery conditions failed to halt March postie Nick Winterton in delivering cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH).

Nick Winterton at the end of the 62 mile trek for Great Ormond Street. (3811277)
Nick Winterton at the end of the 62 mile trek for Great Ormond Street. (3811277)

Not only did he complete the 62mile continuous Wye Valley Challenge which saw him trek from Chepstow in Wales to Herford in one piece, he also managed to smash his £1,000 target raising a whopping £1,400 for the charity.

This is Nick's seventh challenge for the hospital charity and this latest effort means he has now raised over £12,000 in total.

Nick, a father of two, explained: "I entered the challenge quite late because of my foot injury (Plantar Faciitis) and set a target of a £1,000 pounds which was smashed.

"It went really well and I completed it successfully despite several hours of heavy rain during the night making that part of the challenge very interesting and very slippery.

" I really enjoyed this challenge it was such a stunning area although the weather made it a tale of two halves.

"During the day it was perfect hiking conditions with fantastic views of the Severn Bridge, Tintern Abbey and the River Wye, but during the night stages it was anything but perfect with heavy rain making the woodland paths a dangerous exhausting mudbath.

"I saw ambulances and paramedics busy so not everybody was so lucky with injuries.

"Thankfully my body and my injured foot held out and I got over the line again but there are never any guarantees with these challenges.

"I was thrilled to raise such a huge amount of money in such a short space of time and as always that is down to the generosity of family, friends, and the general public and I can't thank everyone enough.

"I was also contacted before the event by the Hospital Charity and I featured on their Facebook and Twitter sites promoting endurance challenges which was great and hopefully inspired someone to take on a challenge.

"Next year I'm hoping to do another hike hopefully in the Peak district. I will be raising awareness about the medical disorder dyspraxia, and raising some money for the excellent Dyspraxia Foundation."



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