One man and his dog put their best feet forward

Shane Marsh with his dog Magik. Picture by FRANK REID

Shane Marsh with his dog Magik. Picture by FRANK REID

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COASTAL walker Shane Marsh is just days away from the biggest challenge of his life.

The 29-year-old from Peterlee will trek 110 miles along the beaches and clifftops between Horden and Scarborough from this Friday to raise money for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.

It’s a tall order for many people, but for Shane, it is all the more difficult as he suffers from hammer toe, where his toes are permanently bent.

The Hartlepool Mail has previously told how Shane had both his little toes deliberately broken and then steel rods inserted three inches through the bones to try to solve his hammer toe condition in time for his wedding.

The operations were completed in time for his big day in August 2009 when he tied the knot with Sarah Garside, then 23, at the Grand Hotel in Hartlepool.

But Shane’s feet problems have continued since then. Despite that, he is hoping to complete his walking stint in three to four days and said: “We are near enough to raising £500.” Shane, of Herton Close, Peterlee, will be the only person on the walk but he will have company. His faithful hound, a one-year-old Jack Russell, Magik will join him on his journey.

Shane added: “My plan is to stick as close to the coast as I can, whether that means walking on beaches or clifftops. We worked out that the route would be 70 miles by road but the way I am doing it is closer to 110 miles.

“I have bought a two-man tent and I will be hoping to sleep in either farmer’s fields, or campsites.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Shane can contact him on 07966839349.