This was no Lyke-hearted challenge!

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BRAVE walkers tackled a 40-mile route for charity and completed it in style.

The University Hospital of North Tees neo-natal special care maternity unit was the cause to benefit from the walk carried out by staff from Tees Valley-based TTE Technical Training Group.

The TTE team of 40, including 30 students and ten members of staff, endured appalling conditions on the 40-mile Lyke Wake Walk.

TTE staff member and a walk organiser, Rory McIntosh said: “I’m a regular walker but this was one of the most difficult even I have undertaken. It was bitterly cold and there was thick fog.”

But he added: “Everybody gave it 100 per cent. I am very proud of the effort all the lads put it. They showed real spirit.

“The peat was often knee-deep and we had a few occasions when people disappeared up to their waists. Last year’s challenge was to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks, which was 26 miles. That was a walk in the park compared to this one.”

In all, Rory believes the staff and mechanical, electrical and chemical engineer trainees raised around £2,500 will be raised for the hospital unit.

Over the past seven years, the annual charity walks have raised more than £17,500 for local charities and good causes.