Cavern trekkers

Pete Noble, fourth left, with those taking part in the walk with Greg Hildreth, left, and Janice Forbes, right, from Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Pete Noble, fourth left, with those taking part in the walk with Greg Hildreth, left, and Janice Forbes, right, from Hartlepool and District Hospice.

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NINE walkers are set for a 152-mile trek from Seaton Carew to the most famous of musical venues.

The kind-hearted town bunch will get through more than 26 miles of walking every day for six consecutive days as they aim to rake in £5,000 for a town charity.

Pete Noble, 32, Dan McCarte, 32, Darren Noble, 42, Melissa Horsley, 31, Peter Smith, 32, Chris Ward, 32, Stephen Parkes, 33, Matt Elener, 37, and Aaron Weatherston, 23, will all leave Seaton Carew beach on Monday morning as they start their gruelling trek to the Cavern Club, in Liverpool.

And despite covering hundreds of miles of walking in preparation for the challenge, the team are bracing themselves for a painful six days.

“I think we are as ready as we will ever be,” said Pete, who runs his own business consultancy firm in the town.

“It’s going to be tough, we all know that but it’s for a fantastic cause.”

All of the money raised will go to Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Pete, Peter Smith and Chris Ward, completed a similar challenge last year, from Hartlepool to Blackpool, and raised £4,100 for the Wells Avenue-based facility.

Despite the team preparing well in advance for the walk they have had a problem to deal with at short notice.

Hartlepool College of Further Education kindly provided a minibus for the support team to follow the walkers, however the team are now appealing for anyone with an appropriate licence to drive the minibus.

“We have only just found out that it’s the college policy that the driver must have a D1 licence,” added Pete, who lives in Pavilion Close, in Seaton Carew with his partner, Marie Hudson, a dental nurse, and their 15-week-old daughter, Isabella Noble.

“We realise it’s short notice but if anyone with a D1 licence who has got a week off work would be willing to drive the minibus it would be a huge help.”

Pete thanked everyone who has supported the team so far and the organisers, particularly walker Dan McCarte.

Anyone who is willing to drive the support minibus should call Pete on 07943840999.

To support the team in their gruelling challenge visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/TheLongWalk2012.