Ken’s Charity Walk – Day 2

January 1, 2000

Yesterday Ken Masters set off on his West Country walk to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Ken is walking between Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and Exeter City in memory of Adam Stansfield. The walk coincides with Rovers visit to Yeovil on Saturday and Exeter’s trip to the Memorial Stadium on April 9th.

On day one of the trek Ken made it as far as Shepton Mallet, scaling some gruelling hills along the way. He then spent the night with his brother, before setting off again this morning in the heavy rain.

He is currently keeping to his schedule and hopes to make it as far as Marston Magna before the day is out.

We caught up with him this afternoon as he stopped to dry out at Castle Cary Railway Station.

He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “Yesterday was a hard start as from the training ground to Shepton Mallet it is nearly all up hill, and there were some really steep climbs.

“It was very hard work as I climbed to some of the highest points around the Mendips, but I enjoyed it, and it felt like a good training walk.

“I stayed with my brother last night and got a good night’s sleep and a nice meal, which meant I was refreshed to start again this morning.

“I also went to Paulton Rovers to meet up with some members of my support team, and we have planned everything out for the next few days.

“Today the ground has been a lot flatter, so the walking has been easier, but the weather has been horrendous. It is cold, wet and windy, but I have my wet weather gear, so I am doing ok!

“I started at 10am this morning and walked for four hours. I am now having a little rest at Castle Cary Railway Station before I head off for another couple of hours walking.

“I want to get to Marston Magna by tonight, to keep to my schedule, and then I aim to reach Huish Park tomorrow at around midday.

“To sum up, the first day was hard and the second has been wet and cold, but I am on schedule, my legs feel fine and my spirits are good.

“I am still looking for people to walk parts of the way with me to keep me company, so if you fancy joining me, please get in touch.”

Ken hopes to make it to Yeovil’s Huish Park at around midday tomorrow, and will then go from Yeovil down to Exeter and hopes to make it to St James Park on April 4th.

After meeting with members of the Adam Stansfield Foundation and Exeter City, Ken will begin the final leg of the journey – back to the Memorial Stadium in time for kick off on April 9th.

The Adam Stanfield Football Foundation has been set-up to support and encourage participation in youth football across the South West region.

The Foundation has been formed in memory of Adam who died on August 10 last year at the age of just 31 from bowel cancer.

Ken, whose wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation, has wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation for some time.

When he realised that Rovers were playing two of Adam’s former teams in consecutive weeks, he decided that a walk around the West Country would be the perfect challenge.

Ken, 66, who has completed a number of running events over the years, wanted to do something that would provide him with a challenge.

He will be walking a total of around 180 miles, averaging up to 18 miles a day.

A Just Giving page is currently being set up for those wishing to donate to the cause, but in the meantime, anyone who would like to offer donations or a bed for the night should contact Kirsty Pugh at the club on 0117 9524003 or email [email protected]

To find out more about the Adam Stansfield Foundation click here

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