Intrepid Steve Topley is set to be met by his childhood sweetheart at the finish line of a 630-mile walk in aid of his cricket club.
Denby Cricket Club scorer Steve hopes to complete the marathon at Poole Harbour where he will meet Rosalyn - a woman he was ‘good friends’ with at Mossborough Junior School in the 1950s and 60s.
Retired bricklayer Steve, 63, from Leabrooks, set off from Minehead on Tuesday February 26 on the South West Coastal path.
He said: “We were like brother and sister - but she moved away when she was about 13.
“I didn’t see her for 47 years until last February at a funeral - she know lives in Bournemouth. She’s going to meet me at the finishing line which is a bit of an incentive to finish the walk!”
By the time he has finished the country’s longest National Trail Steve will have climbed a total of 114,930 feet along the way, nearly four times the height of Mount Everest.
You can follow Steve’s progress on the club website at http://denby.play-cricket.com and you can also make a donation for Steve hopes to raise £500 along the way for Denby Cricket Club.
Denby chairman Dave Cherry said: “We are hoping that the whole club and the wider community gets behind Steve and supports his efforts.
“Cricket in 2012 was badly hit by the weather and the money Steve raises will be a great boost for us as we start the new season.”
Steve has been covering up to 16 miles a day and aims to be back in time for the club’s first Premier League game of the season at home to champions Sandiacre Town on April 28.