Pair take long distance walk in their stride

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The weather may have been less than kind but there was no doubting the warmth of the welcome as walkers Anita Lusher and Sally King reached their destination at the end of 52 long miles completed in one day.

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Friends and well-wishers gathered to greet the pair when they arrived at Cromer Pier after completing the 15-hour charity walk.

The two personal trainers, from Sheringham, who arrived waving Union Flags, had shown plenty of British Bulldog spirit along the way.

Setting off from Little Massingham ,near King's Lynn, they followed Peddars Way to Holme, just outside Hunstanton, before picking up the Norfolk Coast Path to Cromer.

On the way they endured rain and mud along with a plague of slugs and snails. Raising money for the Norwich branch of mental health charity Mind, they decided on the distance as they both turned 52 this year. They were joined along the route from Stiffkey to Blakeney by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and his wife Mary. The business partners, who founded North Norfolk Coastal Fitness, were back taking classes the following day. Ms King, a mum-of-two who previously ran the Hunny Bell pub at Hunworth for 15 years, said: 'It was more like an obstacle course, all the mud at Holme was very challenging. There was torrential rain for three or four hours, but you have to be prepared for something like that. We had classes the next day, so it was business as usual.'

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture

Sally King and Anita Lusher finish their 52 miles in a day walking challenge at Cromer Pier. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE


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Ms Lusher said: 'It was hard not to get emotional when we saw the group waiting for us in Cromer. We wanted to help Mind because we know people who have suffered with mental illness and have raised more than £1,000 so far which is double our target.'

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Norman and Mary Lamb with 52 mile charity walkers Sally King and Anita Lusher

Norman and Mary Lamb with 52 mile charity walkers Sally King and Anita Lusher - Credit: Archant

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