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Man heading for a far trek

PUBLISHED: 14:04 13 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man who is preparing for a five-day Himalayan trek threw his weight behind the Disability Care Enterprise sponsored walk for the Horsfield twins.

AN IPSWICH man who is preparing for a five-day Himalayan trek threw his weight behind the Disability Care Enterprise sponsored walk for the Horsfield twins.

Norman Lloyd, 49, paced the ten-mile route as part of his training for the Himalayan challenge – and urged as many readers as possible to join the DCE walk to raise vital funds.

The DCE walk from Witnesham to Woodbridge on August 25 is in aid of autistic twins Kate and Samuel Horsfield and already 60 readers are keen to take part.

It will be led by Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover and Star columnist Michael Anderton who will be joined by a team from the Audio Visual Unit of Ipswich.

Mr Lloyd, an executive committee member for DCE, said: "There are lots of different aspects to the walk – leafy woods, farmland and lots of different wildlife.

"For those who enjoy birdwatching – take your binoculars. There is always something different to look out and see. It is really a chance to get to the heart of the Suffolk countryside."

Mr Lloyd completed the walk in three hours and 15 minutes, but said: "I was using it as a training opportunity for the trek in September."

He estimated people would complete the walk in about three hours 30 minutes, to four hours, not accounting stops for drinks or lunch. Walkers were urged to wear trousers to avoid stinging nettles on the footpaths.

DCE, who are arranging drinks stations and crossing patrols. There are also plenty of pub stops along the way including The Fountain at Tuddenham, Admirals Head at Bealings and the Red Lion at Martlesham.

Meanwhile DCE are appealing for firms to lend them florescent jackets for use on the day. If you can help telephone Evening Star Editor Amanda Cresswell on 282369.

n If you would like to take part in the ten-mile sponsored walk for the Horsfield twins and would like sponsorship forms, telephone Amanda Cresswell on 01473-282369, or e-mail her at amanda.cresswell@ecng.co.uk.

The walk starts at 10 am from Witnesham Village Hall, ending at Woodbridge Railway Station, and it is hoped to have 100 walkers on the day.

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