March 11 2014 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Friday, December 6, 2013
A fitting welcome home was given to a Hornchurch man when he finished a gruelling 6,000 walk on Saturday.
John Rayment, 59, of Platford Green, was cheered on by 70 relatives and friends as he completed the last leg of his journey, which has raised approximately £13,000 for Parkinson’s charities.
His walk along the British coast both started and finished at the Tilbury Ferry on the River Thames.
John, who has two children with his wife Lynn and two grandchildren, said: “The last leg went really well and I had great fun, but I was pleased to finish.
“I think deep down inside I was tired, as I was using up my inner reserves, though I didn’t feel it on the day.
“I’m really happy to have raised the money and I think it was a fairly big achievement.”
John’s challenge, which saw him occasionally accompanied by friends, began on August 1 2012. He took time off from December to February but walked solidly afterwards, travelling, on average, for 13 days out of every 14.
He said: “I didn’t want it to completely take over my life for a year and a half, I didn’t want my grandchildren [Eloise, six, and Cameron, four] to not know me when I came back!”
John, whose nephew is The Only Way Is Essex star Ricky Rayment, said his favourite leg was through the north-west coast of Scotland.
He added: “I knew it would be pretty tough as I have never done anything remotely like it before. It was hard to keep going; it is the stamina as much as anything.
“The last two months I was thinking I was nearly finished and so I had to be careful. But the support helped me and kept me in touch with the real world.”