Welcome home for Hemel’s 100 milers

MCHG 12-911  The 100 milers arrive back in Hemel Hempstead.
MCHG 12-911 The 100 milers arrive back in Hemel Hempstead.

A marine and his pals who took on a 117-mile fundraising run over four days are still recovering from the ordeal.

The group of 14 men, called Hemel 100 Milers, set off from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire last Wednesday and arrived back in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.

Marine medic James Allsopp, 28, who came up with the idea and led the team, said: “It was horrible. It was very hard. A lot harder than I think the guys thought it would be.”

They were raising cash for the Royal British Legion and are hopeful of hitting their ambitious £20,000 target. There is already £15,000 in the pot and more sponsorship and a closing party still to come.

Some of the team were running for up to eight hours a day to complete the feat and several suffered stress fractures and other injuries along the way.

The team – all former Cavendish School students – was made up of Barry Thorn, Michael Booth, Charles Scott, Danny Smith, Lee Smith,

Daniel Forder, Gareth Carder, Matthew Kemp, Nini Massa, Robbie Hull, Sam Aitken, Paul Vigor and Samuel Makepeace.

They were welcomed home by crowds of supporters along with Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman and MP Mike Penning at the bandstand in Marlowes on Saturday.

To donate go to the team’s website at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/hemel100milers