Pub manager puts best foot forward on charity trek

A STALYBRIDGE pub boss could do be forgiven for putting his feet up after trekking 27 miles from pub to pub for charity.

Phil Shaw, assistant manager at Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, was joined by 12 others as they walked from there to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.

But he may not be finished there as another challenge, the National Three Peaks which sees people walk Scafell Pike in England, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Wales’ Snowdon, lies ahead.

And we may see a different side to him as he may shave off his beard and cut his long hair.

“Phil seemed all right when he did the charity walk,” said Barry Shaw, sales and brand development manager at Beerhouses, which runs the Buffet Bar and the West Riding Refreshment Rooms where the trek finished.

“I think he surprised himself. It took about 11 hours to complete but he worked the day after.
“His legs and feet were fine, it was just his neck and ears that got sunburnt!”

Most of the tough bunch of arrived at Stalybridge Buffet Bar on the 6.55am train out of Dewsbury on Sunday, May 12.

After going through Mossley, Greenfield and Uppermill on to Diggle, there was the small matter of climbing 800 feet to the top of Pule Hill.

“Getting from Diggle to Marsden was a bit of a killer,” Mr Shaw added. “The hill was at the start of the walk and it took a bit longer getting over the tops than expected.

“We originally set off down the canal from Stalybridge to Diggle, then we had to climb up!”

Once the walkers got over the top, it was down to Marsden for stop number one, The Riverhead brewery tap, before on to Huddersfield for stop number two at The Sportsman.

The final push to Dewsbury took its toll but hobbling, tired and completely exhausted, the team managed found enough to energy to get to the end.

With the clock approaching 8pm and 27 miles covered in about 11 hours of walking, they crossed the finish line.

The walk has so far raised £1,500 for Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelighters and Ben’s Music Foundation with more counting to be done and is part of a challenge to raise £10,000 this year.

Monday, June 3 sees people riding the length of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and they have already walked the traditional Three Peaks challenge of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent.

Now the National Three Peaks is on the agenda and a charity calendar, showing some of the scenes they have passed on the way, is in the pipeline for 2020.

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