The walkers at Pentney Abbey in better weather. Pictures: Ian Burt

Caring volunteers from the Samaritans went the extra mile for the charity when they walked a full length marathon along the Nar Ouse Way.

The team donned walking boots and carried backpacks full of supplies for their 26.2 mile Samarathon last Saturday.

Setting off from Litcham at 7am, they followed the country trail to King’s Lynn, where they finished at the Samaritans’ offices in Queen Street at 5.30pm having endured torrential rain en route.

Samaritans trustee Henry Kilvert, who organised the fundraising walk, said: “We were trudging through the storm for more than an hour and when we took off our boots we had buckets of water in them.”

He said the group also wanted to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise on mental health and added: “If you’d seen us standing like drowned rats at the end but all still smiling, it illustrated the point exactly!”

So far, the team has raised around £1,800, with donations still to come expected to take the total to more than £2,000.

The money will help run the Lynn service, which suffered financially during lockdown because fundraising events had to be cancelled. 

Search for KL Samaritans Walking Samarathon to donate.

The Samaritans has a free number 116 123 you can call from any phone even a mobile without credit.