Members of Ipswich Hockey Club to tackle 100km walk from London to Brighton in 24 hours to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

From left to right: Mariette Rix, Emma Miller, Kathryn Blake and Mark Wheelhouse who are taking part

From left to right: Mariette Rix, Emma Miller, Kathryn Blake and Mark Wheelhouse who are taking part in the London to Brighton walk - Credit: Archant

A group of intrepid Ipswich hockey players will be braving a walk of more than 100km from London to Brighton in a single day.

Emma Miller, Mark Wheelhouse, Kathryn Blake, Jeremy Blake and Mariette Rix from Ipswich Hockey Club have joined together to take on the challenge in May, helping raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Emma Miller, 42, said: “My dad is suffering from lymphoma and I wanted to do something to show support for him. Kathryn’s uncle died from leukaemia as well so it’s a charity that is close to both of our hearts.”

The endurance event will see the group leaving London at 10am on May 23, and walk more than 100km to the finish at Brighton Racecourse by 10am the following day.

Ms Miller added: “We have been doing a couple of training walks and realised that finishing it is going to be difficult enough, but in 24 hours with stops for food is going to be a real test, so there may be parts that we have to run.”


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The group has so far raised £1,752 towards a target of £2,500 for the charity.

As part of the support, club member Lizzy Wheelhouse will be in the group’s support vehicle.

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In the lead up to the event, the group members are continuing to hold regular training exercises together until the May event, which Ms Miller says they are determined to finish.

She added: “We cannot really carry the burden for those with the disease, but it is nice to do something that shows we can put ourselves through some discomfort to show our support.”

To sponsor the group, visit justgiving.com/millford100/

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