Record numbers take part in Get Doncaster Walking Programme led by Ben Parkinson.Ahead of our clash with Gillingham on Saturday 16th January, the 2016 ‘Get Doncaster Walking’ programme will kicked off in style with a walk around the Lakeside led by famous local soldier Ben Parkinson MBE.
This event was the first walk of the 2016 'Get Doncaster Walking' festival, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and was the highest attended walk since its formation.
The 1.7 mile route, started at the Keepmoat Stadium and took in the sights of the lake and surrounding area.
Leading the walk around Lakeside was a fantastic and significant milestone for Ben in his rehabilitation, as completing the route would have been impossible for him a short time ago. However, following his hard work in 2015, and amazing progress in his physical condition, Ben was determined to challenge himself and take part in this walk.
Ben’s progress has been well-documented, including a recent BBC One documentary ‘Ben Parkinson Wilderness Warrior’, where Ben and his team rowed the Yukon River in Canada. The distance of the route on Saturday reflects a major achievement.
‘Get Doncaster Walking’ is a council-led programme of free organised walks, ranging from light strolls to more lengthy walks in the country, designed to get local people of all fitness levels out enjoying the fresh air, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and socialising.
The sponsored walk was in partnership with Club Doncaster Foundation and Pilgrim Bandits charity with 208 people taking part. There was also great news for the Pilgrim Bandits Charity with £677.40 raised from the event.
Everyone at Club Doncaster would like to congratulate Ben - who presented the match ball to referee Nigel Miller (above) - on his latest great achievement.
For more detail of the remaining walks taking place in Doncaster as part of the Get Doncaster Walking Festival, please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking