Duo’s 100-mile challenge to aid rescue team

Picture shows Trevor Dixon, left, and John Backhouse on a training walk up Oliver's Mount submitted
Picture shows Trevor Dixon, left, and John Backhouse on a training walk up Oliver's Mount submitted

Two local men will walk 100 miles to raise funds for the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

John Backhouse and Trevor Dixon, who both work for the Vion Food group at their Malton site, can be seen out and about in the local countryside training for The Games 100 Walk.

The walk is organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association and must be completed within 48 hours. The route of the event links up many of the major Olympic Games venues with places of Royal significance and marks the 40th anniversary of the walkers’ association.

Mr Backhouse said: “We are both keen walkers and we regularly go walking on the North Yorkshire Moors, often for 20 or 30 miles. Now we have to increase the amount of walking we do, so two weeks ago we walked from Helmsley to Scarborough on the Tabular Hills Walk. This 48-mile route took 17 hours to complete!

“These long walks often take us away from civilisation and if we become lost or injured the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team would be the most likely to come to our rescue.”

Mr Dixon added: “We helped raise funds for the team last year when we took part in their annual Falcon Flyer walk, which is a 20-mile circular walk starting at Ravenscar village hall. Our colleagues at work have been generously pledging money for our 100-mile walk.”

You can sponsor the duo by visiting their online fundraising page ar justgiving.com/JohnBackhouse053. The money will go directly to the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid. Or you can text VJCT£_to70070.