A RECOVERING brain tumour patient has raised more than £6,000 for charity after a 13-day challenge which saw him take in 68 lakes and tarns and 39 mountains and fells.
David Collinson, of Kendal, completed the marathon 220-mile walk - climbing a total of 40,00-feet - on Sunday.
The 52-year-old solicitor was inspired to under take the challenge while being treated for a benign brain tumour at Sheffield’s Hallam hospital, which he was diagnosed with two years ago.
The money will be split between cumbria’s Mountain Rescue teams and the hosital in Sheffield.
The married father-of-four averaged 15 miles each day with a 20lb rucksac on his back and said: “It was great. There was lots of climbing involved but I was well-prepared. A memorable moment was stopping at the top of Red Pike and looking down into Buttermere. It was breathtaking. I took in the most magnificent views and it was lovely to listen to the sound of cuckoos in the valleys.
“My wife and children are very proud but I do not really think it has sunk in for me yet,” he said.
The weather was good throughout his challenge, but he said he was ‘knocked off’ his feet one day by an 80mph gust.
But he said the most difficult part of the challenge was an eight-mile trek in Longsleddale before getting to the start of his walk.
He said: " It was a long slog for three hours, but once I was at the start of the walk I felt postitive. My spirits were never low.”
Mr Collinson, who has walked all of Wainwright’s 214 routes more than twice, got his head down for the night in five-star hotels, as well as youth hostels and also friends’ homes - spending only £120 in just under two weeks.
He said: “The support I got was excellent and all the people who put me up - mostly for free- were fantastic.”
The ascent which he climed was more than climbing Mount Everest but Mr Collison added: “I was really well prepared and knew what I was doing. I felt fine after when I finished it.”
Mr Collinson is now planning to pen a book on his walk and experiences.
KEY decisions on the future of Ambleside’s university campus will be taken in the summer, according to a leading University of Cumbria figure.
Pro-vice chancellor Professor Liz Beaty told a packed annual meeting of Lakes Parish Council that the futures of the town’s sites were still up in the air.
She confirmed 120 outdoor studies students will move from Newton Rigg to the Charlotte Mason Gateway building in September.
The meeting heard that the long-term future of the outdoor studies course at Ambleside will be influen-ced by Askham Bryan’s takeover of Newton Rigg as a centre of agricultural excellence, and the courses it would offer.
The Supplementary Planning Document, developed by the Lake District National Park Authority in conjunction with the university, was recently given the green light by councillors bidding to ensure education is the priority use for any buildings which are sold off.
During the meeting, audience members said the university, which annou-nced two years ago it would be selling off much of the campus due to a £20million debt, had a ‘great moral responsibility’ to the town.
Mrs Beaty said it was still an ‘immature’ university but had learned a lot in three years and had a bright future. She said it intended to stay in Ambleside, with a ‘sustainable, presence’.