Back on the Road
January 1, 2000
Ken Masters was back on the road today receiving treatment from a physiotherapist last night.
Rovers director Ken had been suffering from sore calves after his first few days on his charity walk, so decided to see a physio to prevent any potential problems.
After the session, and a good night’s sleep, he was fit and raring to go as he set off from Crewkerne this morning.
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.
Yesterday Ken visited Huish Park and stopped for a cup of tea with the staff of Yeovil Town.
Today on his way to Chard he climbed up the aptly named Windwhistle Hill, which saw him cope with fog, cold and high winds. We caught up with him as he was walking through Chard Town Centre.
He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “Today I have walked from Crewkerne up Windwhistle Hill, which certainly lives up to its name.
“It was foggy and windy, and a steep climb up to the top, but that meant that I had a nice stroll down the other side.
“The physio really helped me out last night, massaging my calves and hamstrings and putting ice on my calves, which had been giving me a bit of pain.
“I cannot risk getting an injury, so this was a preventative measure more than anything else, and it has done me the world of good.
“My legs feel decent again, and I was fit and raring to go this morning.”
Tonight Ken will spend his first night in a caravan which has been loaned to him by Supporters Club chairman Jim Chappell.
The caravan will be stationed just outside Chard, and Ken will use it as a base for the next few nights as he makes his way to Exeter and the back up.
First though he will be taking a break tomorrow to watch Rovers take on Yeovil at Huish Park.
Ken said: “I am looking forward to spending my first night in the caravan tonight. It is going to provide a great base for me, and I would like to thank Jim for letting me use it.
“I am having the day off tomorrow so that I can go and watch the match and also give my legs a bit of a rest. I am excited about the game, and I really believe we can take the three points.”
On Sunday Ken will continue his journey through Honiton and down towards Exeter. So far he has done the whole walk alone, but he is still looking for people willing to join him for a stretch.
He said: “My spirits are good, and I am not lonely, but I would enjoy a bit of company. I am really enjoying the challenge so far, but it would be nice to have someone to share bits of it with me.
“I will be making my way towards Exeter on Saturday, so may be there are a few Grecians who would like to join me.”
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, 66, whose wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation, has wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation for some time.
He will be walking a total of around 180 miles, averaging up to 18 miles a day.
Ken will be taking a break from walking tomorrow to rest his legs and take in the Yeovil match, so we will catch up with him again on Monday to check on his progress.
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