Gruelling walk for charity in memory of Earlham road crash victim Simon Aspland

Friends and relations of a road crash victim are competing in a gruelling non-stop London to Brighton walk tomorrow in his memory.

Simon Aspland, a 31-year-old father-of-one, was killed when the car he was driving left the A47 southern bypass in Cringleford, near Norwich, on October 2 last year.

Mr Aspland, from Richenda Close, Earlham, suffered from asthma and a fund was set up after his death to raise money for the charity, Asthma UK.

About �1,200 was initially raised and all proceeds from Saturday's walk will also go to Asthma UK.

Three of the four men taking part in the walk - Will Mitchell, George Mitchell and Mark Buckham - are members of Wymondham Rugby Club which is donating the proceeds from its end of season players' meal charity collection to the fund.

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The walking team, which also includes Ben Allen, have been training hard for around 10 weeks and are planning to complete the 100km/66 mile event in 20 hours, starting at 10.30am in Richmond, south-west London. The team will walk continuously through the night over the South Downs to arrive in Brighton on Sunday morning.

Will Mitchell, 31, from Stoke Holy Cross, who was Mr Aspland's brother-in-law, said: 'Seeing the terrible effect his death had on his family, I wanted to do something positive, and we hope that doing this walk will achieve that, in some small way.

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'Simon suffered from asthma all of his life although he never let his condition stand in the way he lived his life and tackled any challenges along the way.'

An inquest last month heard that Mr Aspland and his partner, Joanne Fisher, were travelling back to their home just after midday, when Mr Aspland lost control of the car. The vehicle left the carriageway and went down an embankment near the Thickthorn roundabout flyover.

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Are you holding an event in a loved one's memory? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email

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