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Weekly editor takes on 108-mile charity walk

A weekly newspaper editor will undertake an 108-mile charity walk to raise money for a cancer centre which was opened after a fundraising campaign by one of the titles.

Allan Crow, who edits the Fife Free Press and Glenrothes Gazette, will take on the nine-day journey to raise funds for Maggie’s Fife, which was opened in 2006 after the Free Press led a campaign to raise more than £500,000 towards it.

The charity walk will start on 3 August and will see Allan and other team members walk from Maggie’s Edinburgh to Maggie’s Dundee taking in the Fife Coastal Path, which stretches 108 miles.

During the challenge, Allan will write blogs and take videos along the route for the papers’ website.

Dr Bob Grant, Tu Edwards from Maggie's Centre and editor Allan Crow prepare for the walk.

The trek, called Bob’s Walk, is being led by local GP Dr Bob Grant who has lived with cancer for 50 years and will undertake the walk on crutches after having a leg amputated in 2002.

Allan said: “The last time I genuinely did any exercise of any meaningful sort was when I was 16 and at school – I think it was a game of basketball.

“Since then life has revolved around deadlines, late nights and microwave meals, so to suddenly decide to walk 108 miles is probably the barmiest idea I’ve ever had
“But I’ve been out every weekend on the coastal path which is a stunning asset to Fife – it attracts some 500,000 walkers every year – and enjoyed almost every second of my walks of through local towns and villages.

“So far I’ve managed up to 13 miles without keeling over so I’m almost ready to roll!”

Allan is a member of a new associate fundraising board for Maggie’s Fife, which is chaired by Bob and was created at the start of this year to help generate new funds.

Allan can be sponsored at the walk’s fundraising page here.

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  • July 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I know a few journalists who would love their editor to take a 108 mile hike

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