MARATHON walker Paul Burgum was due to arrive in Rome today in the latest leg of his 1,000-mile trek across Italy.
But it’s been no easy passage for the 34-year-old former Hartlepool College of Further Education student.
Paul has been plagued with illness and injury almost from the start.
He now needs iodine to dry out the huge blisters which are spreading across his feet.
In a Facebook update, he told his followers: “My feet are slowly getting worse and it is very painful walking.”
On one day, his route took him past a few girls on the roadside, “working the oldest trade in the book” He described it as “a sad sight” which also included almost being confronted by groups of intimidating men.
But despite the hazards and his worsening feet, Paul remains on track to complete the challenge of walking from Italy to Monaco in 30 days with no money, no help, and only a backpack.
His efforts will help the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund which was set up to support children who have lost loved ones.
To back Paul, visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/BCT-ASPIRE
Readers can follow his progress at www.facebook.com/italymonaco30days