Congratulations and thank you to Parkinson’s UK’s long-time Supporter and Champion of Walking Dave Clark, who completed his 200 mile coast to coast challenge, and raised an incredible £100,000 to support our work.
Dave is no stranger to tackling challenges and can be seen regularly on Sky Sports as the lead presenter for Darts coverage, often presenting live with crowds of up to 12,000 people. This challenge was no mean feat: Dave has been living with Parkinson’s since 2011, a condition which makes walking increasingly difficult. But our Champion of Walking and his companions tackled mountainous terrain and the steep Yorkshire Moors whilst taking in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery along the way!
Fellow Sky Sports colleague and friend, Martin Turner joined Dave from the beginning to the very end. Martin is also living with Parkinson's and was diagnosed in 2015.
Dave and Martin were joined along the route on various days by a whole host of friends including darts stars Wayne Mardle and Dennis Priestly, Chief Executive of the Professional Dart's Corporation Matt Porter, and sports presenter Gabriele Marcotti.
The money raised from Dave's Coast to Coast Challenge will help us find a cure, and drive better care, treatments and quality of life for those living with Parkinson's.
About the challenge, Dave said, "This was undoubtedly the biggest physical challenge of my life traversing some of the harshest terrain this land has to offer.
What kept Martin and I going, every tired step of the way was the incredible goodwill of everyone involved from family, friends and colleagues to total strangers we met along the way.
"What kept Martin and I going, every tired step of the way was the incredible goodwill of everyone involved from family, friends and colleagues to total strangers we met along the way.
We're thrilled to have smashed our original target and to know that every penny of that £100,000 goes to Parkinson's UK, for their ambitious research and the support they offer to everyone living with this condition.
“Having Parkinson's undoubtedly made this walk a whole lot tougher, but since I was diagnosed five years ago, I decided I wouldn't let Parkinson's define me. I'm focussing on what I can do, not what I can't. You can support Dave in this magnificent challenge by donating here:
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Where did Dave walk?
- Day 1: Sunday 11 September 2016: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
- Day 2: Monday 12 September 2016: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
- Day 3: Tuesday 13 September 2016: Rosthwaite to Grasmere
- Day 4: Wednesday 14 September 2016: Grasmere to Patterdale
- Day 5: Thursday 15 September 2016: Patterdale to Shap
- Day 6: Friday 16 September 2016: Shap to Kirkby Stephen
- Day 7: Saturday 17 September 2016: Kirkby Stephen to Keld
- Day 8: Sunday 18 September 2016: Keld to Reeth
- Day 9: Monday 19 September 2016: Reeth to Richmond
- Day 10: Tuesday 20 September 2016: Richmond to Ingleby Cross
- Day 11: Wednesday 21 September 2016: Ingleby Cross to Great Broughton
- Day 12: Thursday 22 September 2016: Great Broughton to Glaisdale
- Day 13: Friday 23 September 2016: Glaisdale to Robin Hood Bay
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