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Cousins preparing for gruelling coastal trek

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2013

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TWO pensioners are to trek nearly 200 miles to repay a charity which supported them during a ‘desperate’ time in their lives.

Despite the idyllic setting of the Welsh coast, the walk will be no stroll for cousins Christine Curnow and Jane McGrath, as they tackle the difficult terrain of the Pembrokeshire coast.

Mrs Curnow, who is from Anslow and is also part of the Burton Soroptomists group, will be joined by her cousin who is travelling back to the UK from her home in California especially for the event to raise money for Age UK.

The two regularly take on challenges for charity, but the latest effort has been described as one of the most difficult to date.

The pair will walk 186 miles along the Pembrokeshire coast over a two-week period, beginning at the end of the month, with Mrs Curnow joking that she might have thought twice about signing up for the challenge had known how difficult it was going to be beforehand.

But Mrs Curnow says that any doubts she had about the challenges were swiftly dismissed by her cousin.

She said: “I call her my personal trainer. Every couple of years we do challenges, I have to keep myself fit for when she comes over.

“You would think that this would be easier than other challenges that we have done, but if you add up all the inclines it’s further than climbing Everest.

“It’s all up and down. If I had known that before I might not have agreed to do it.”

As if the route itself wasn’t enough for the pair to worry about, there are also extra hazards to take into consideration.

Mrs Curnow said: “As we are walking along the coast we have got to watch the tides and there is also an MOD firing range.

“If they are firing on the day we will have to go round it which will be an extra three miles.”

Though the pair have taken on numerous challenges over the past decade for charity, the latest one has a more personal touch.

Mrs Curnow and Mrs McGrath are hoping to raise at least £800 for Age UK.

The charity was chosen as it provided the family with support prior to the death of Mrs Curnow’s mother Cecelia in 2010.

Mrs Curnow said: “She was very poorly during her final years and I don’t know where I would have been without Age UK.

“They are there from the start and you can call them any time, and if they can’t help they will know someone who can.

“It was such a desperate time and I can’t thank them enough.”

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