Judith (72) puts best foot forward for 192-mile cancer walk

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A woman from Pinchbeck walked nearly 200 miles to raise money for a cause which is close to her heart.

Judith Withyman (72) took part in the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk in memory of her husband Roy, a retired Spalding solicitor, and daughter Kate, who both died within a week of each other of cancer last Christmas.

Judith was joined by her son Tom, his wife Gaenor and grandchildren William (16) and Charlotte (14), to complete the challenge, which sees those participating walking a gruelling 192 miles from St Bees on the west coast of England in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast in Yorkshire.

The team spent 15 days walking through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors and raised almost £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Judith said: “Roy and I loved walks and we would go all over the place, but when he passed away I didn’t think I would do another walk again.

“But it went very well and it was actually a very moving thing to do.

“As you walk along the route you bump into other people who are raising money for charity and they’re all in a similar situation to you, where they have lost family members or friends.”

Judith said that she thinks she might have been the oldest person walking the route, but she was determined to do well.

She said: “I did get a little tired during the walk but I just got on with it.

“It was so lovely to spend so much time with my family and I really didn’t want it to end when the final day came.

“I find myself sitting at home thinking that I should have another go at another walk but I don’t think I will now. It was a very inspirational and mindblowing experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a family, we are thrilled with how much money we have raised for Cancer Research UK.”

Donations can be made at: www.justgiving.com/Tom-Withyman/