Gruelling walk in aid of Royal British Legion

Nick Chadburn prepares to set off ont he 24.2 mile sponsored walk. He is pictured here with his supporters.
Nick Chadburn prepares to set off ont he 24.2 mile sponsored walk. He is pictured here with his supporters.

A window-cleaner swapped his squeegee and overalls for his old Army uniform and walking boots to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Motorists in the Gosberton, Quadring and Billingborough area may have spotted combat-clad Nick Chadburn at the weekend as he completed his gruelling 24.2-mile walk carrying 15kg.

The former soldier and dad-of-two took on the challenge to raise £1,000 for the Donington and Quadring Royal British Legion (RBL).

But half-way in to the walk, he was struggling with pain.

“The first 12 miles were fairly straight forward, but pain began in my legs from the 12-mile point,” said Nick, 46. “Every mile seemed to be getting further and further away.”

Thankfully, sheer determination and encouragement from his family kept him going to the end.

“The pain in my legs was sometimes unbearable and if I didn’t have all the support beside me I think I wouldn’t have finished,” he added.

Nick set off from Quadring on Saturday and followed a route to Billingborough, Dowsby, Gosberton Clough and Risegate.

He was joined by eight family members who took it in turns to walk with him, aided by two support cars.

He managed to complete the course in eight hours, finishing back at the RBL branch where he was greeted by friends and a cool pint of beer.

Nick spent several years in the Army, later joining the TA where he was stationed in Afghanistan for his final three years in the forces.

He has been a supporter of the RBL branch for 25 years.

“We must do all we can to keep the Royal British Legion clubs open,” he added.

He thanked all who sponsored him, and his family for their ‘excellent’ support.

l If you would like to donate towards Nick’s efforts for the RBL, call 07773 894008.