‘Fat Lads’ Show Way For Charity

'Fat Lads' on Cumbrian Way, l-r, Rob Smith, Lee Barber, Craig Burns, Miles Holden

'Fat Lads' on Cumbrian Way, l-r, Rob Smith, Lee Barber, Craig Burns, Miles Holden

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THEY may have called themselves ‘Four Fat Lads’ but they managed to walk 74 miles along the Cumbria Way to raise more than £3,600 for charity.

“Three of us aren’t slim,” admitted Rob Smith, divisional sales director with Sheffield-based Haybrook estate agents, which is supporting Magic Moments, which helps children’s hospices such as Bluebell Wood in North Anston.

Rob, aged 41, was joined by divisional land and new homes director Craig Burns, aged 36, and friends Miles Holden, aged 45, and Lee Barber, aged 42, on the three-and-a-half day trek from Ulverston to Carlisle.

“The ground was rocky, and it was extremely uncomfortable doing 20-odd miles a day with blistered feet,” he said. “But it was more than worth it for the cause.

“And we couldn’t have picked better weather. It was the best weather I have ever seen in the Lake District.”

Magic Moments will receive £2,800, while Lee raised £880 for Parkinson’s UK.

The quartet tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks two years ago and climbed Ben Nevis last year, and are now thinking about their next challenge. “We’ve highlighted the Cleveland Way,” said Rob.