Fundraisers from Wallsend Rugby Football Club were glad to be home from Rome on Sunday after roaming the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall.
The 84-mile journey from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria back to North Tyneside took the 13-strong team three and a half days to complete.
The walkers going the distance along the Roman frontier, built on the emperor Hadrian’s orders in the first century AD, were Craig Wrightson, Jonny Baldwin, Grant Davidson, Ryan Thirlaway, Steve Matts, Dave Pattinson, Davey Carr, Shaun Ward, Peter Hamil, Neil Hedgecock, Steven Bootland, Stuart Hughes and Jonny Lovelock. They were backed up by a logistics team comprising Jimmy Wrightson, Bob Matthews and Stephen Johnston.
Their efforts have raised £3,500 so far, and donations are still being taken.
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That latest fundraising tally comes on top of the £35,000-plus raised by the club over recent years for local and national charities.
Proceeds from the sponsored walk will be split between the club and Daft as a Brush, a North-East charity supplying free transport for cancer patients.
“Congratulations to the lads. It was a tremendous effort,” said club spokesman Michael Florance.