Richard completes walk from Wales

Richard Vincent with wife Julie and Ryan Smith at the end of his walk from Wales.
Richard Vincent with wife Julie and Ryan Smith at the end of his walk from Wales.

Tiredness was mixed with elation as Richard Vincent completed a remarkable 267-mile walk from Wales to Skegness.

Personal trainer Richard received a hero’s welcome returning home on Friday at the end of the eight-day trek.

Setting out from Caernarfon on the Welsh coast his epic journey ended on Skegness beach.

Along the way Richard, 45, endured rain and heat, blisters and swollen feet. Getting up at 4.30am, he walked up to 13 hours a day and even found time to climb two Welsh mountains Snowden and Moel Eilio.

Richard said: “The highlights included climbing Snowden, and coming out of the Welsh hills to see the view across the plain to the Staffordshire hills, then arriving there and looking back to Wales.”

He added: “The last couple of days were a bit touch and go, but I was able to get into my stride.”

Richard is hoping to raise £2,000 completing the walk for the Ryan Smith Foundation which campaigns for cycling safety.

Richard was joined by Chapel St Leonards teenager Ryan, who suffered severe brain injuries in a collision with a van two years ago, for the last few miles of the journey.

Ryan’s dad Mark said: “Richard is an incredible, an inspiration. To have achieved what he did in eight days is amazing.”

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