A KEEP-FIT enthusiast and his protégé are in full training for a 56-mile charity trek.
Dean Barrett, 47, has personal reasons for wanting to walk from Hartlepool to Scarborough inside 14 hours on Saturday, March 26.
Dean, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, says it should take about 18 hours, but he is hoping speed walk the trek and slash his final time.
He hopes to raise about £800 to share between Hartlepool and District Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his dad Frank who died aged 77 of liver cancer five years ago.
Dean, whose wife Wendy, 43 (right) also has cancer, says the hospice and Macmillan have given fantastic support to him and his family.
He has been a keen bodybuilder for 30 years and joining him on the walk will be Andrew McKie, who Dean has been training for the past nine months.
Dean, who has two children Dean, 23, and Daryl 21, said: “I have been getting Andrew ready for this. It should take us 18 hours, but I am hoping to crack it in 14 and we will be trying to speed walk.”
Andrew, who is married to Samantha and has two children Lily, three, and baby Ben, and Dean have been preparing for their big day by body building four times a week, as well as cardio training.
He said he chose Scarborough as the other point on the walk because he and Wendy spent one of their wedding anniversaries there.
So far, the walk has been well supported, said Dean, who is a full-time carer for his wife. He added: “Friends and family have been brilliant and hopefully this will only be the first fundraising event. There may be others.
“So far, I have raised about £600 to £700, but I am hoping to get to £800.”
Anyone wanting to support Dean can contact him on 07800 895414.