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Round-UK horse trekker William Reddaway covers 2,660 miles

  • 7 December 2013
  • From the section England
Mr Reddaway and Strider
Image caption William Reddaway has raised around £50,000 so far

A retired manager has completed a seven-month charity challenge to travel with his horse around the UK.

William Reddaway left the Farncombe Estate, on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border in May and finished at the same place.

He had hoped to ride the vast majority of the 2,660-mile journey but he ended up having to walk 1,000 miles after his horse, Strider, got injured.

Mr Reddaway has raised around £50,000 so far.

"It has been terrific," said 65-year-old Mr Reddaway.

Image caption Mr Reddaway had to walk 1,000 miles after Strider developed saddle sores

"Really hard work but here we are finishing on the day we planned. It's a real achievement."

'Not disappointed'

The father-of-one, from Cheltenham, travelled from Worcester through Coventry, up to Cumbria, across to Berwick-upon-Tweed, down to North Foreland in Kent and over to Lands End, before finishing his trip, which included visiting 30 cathedrals en-route.

He ended up walking 1,000-miles of the trek when Strider developed saddle sores in Burnley back in June. But he was able to keep to his schedule by scrapping a rest period he had factored in.

"The challenge we were doing did change a little bit - I had to get a new pair or walking boots," said Mr Reddaway, who used to work in education and training.

The initial fundraising aim was to raise £250,000 for the Family Holiday Association, which helps provide short breaks for families, and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.

"That was the hope but I don't think we will get there," he said.

"I'm not disappointed. there is a lot of money to come in.

"If I can achieve £100,000 I'll be pleased."

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