To the Ends of the Earth and Back
Well to the end of the ancient world anyway.
Starting on May 31st, Len Allen (from La Marina) is taking on the challenge of the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage known as 'The Way' starting in Pamplona and travels all the way to Santiago a distance of approximately 800km.
Not satisfied with this, Len is then going to continue on to Finisterre, which was widely believed to be the end of the Earth until Columbus discovered America. This will take his total distance to 900km.
Len who will turn 60 later in the year wanted to do something extra special for this milestone and when in Santiago last year he saw people finishing the walk he thought "this is something I could do".
Len a seasoned marathon runner in the UK who moved to Spain in 2000, will be joined in this ambitious challenge by one of his old running partners John Cripps.
"I have been training since Christmas and hopefully I will be ready by mid-May". Len will then have a week or so of rest before setting off. This involves taking an overnight coach from Alicante to Pamplona and then the walk begins. Len added "I will be staying in the pilgrim hostels along the way each night and I am really looking forward to hearing the tales of the other walkers and their reasons for taking on the challenge".
He is planning to walk some 40 km a day and with a few rest days to make sure he gets to the other end and expects the walk to take 23 days in total.
Len is doing this walk in aid of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation based in Rojales. His wife Ann who has been a great supporter of EHCRC for many years thinks he is mad but will be on hand to give him encouragement "however I'm not doing it with him".
David from Easy Horse Care said "when we were approached by Ann about Len doing this walk I just had to meet him, I have to agree with Ann in thinking her husband is mad" he added "however I take my hat off to him and ask everyone to support him. Like Len I used to run marathons but the idea of walking 900 km's in less than a month is truly a remarkable challenge and a fantastic achievement".
Len can be sponsored by either contacting him direct on 620 180 002 or by going in to any of the EHCRC Charity Shops in Guardamar, La Siesta, La Zenia , Montesinos or Quesada. Alternatively you can sponsor him at the rescue centre on Sundays during the open day or contact Easy Horse Care by email email@example.com .There will also be sponsorship forms in several locations around La Marina including News 4U, Serafins & Cuts R Us.