These boots are made for walking to help Ben

Great EfFort: William was joined by Ben for part of his Lakeside walk. Picture Liz Mockler D9881LM.

Great EfFort: William was joined by Ben for part of his Lakeside walk. Picture Liz Mockler D9881LM.

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William Colbourne put his boots on and kept on walking... and walking!

The 56-year-old keen walker completed a 24-hour ‘walkathon’ around Doncaster Lakeside as part of a bid to raise the funds that will enable a Down’s Syndrome sufferer to further his swimming career.

The Ardagh Glass worker, of Blackwood Avenue, Balby, put his love of walking to good use when he decided to continuously lap the lake from 9am on Saturday morning until 9am the next day.

He began his trek in good spirits and was joined in the daytime by Ben, an 18-year-old Doncaster College student who has been making a splash in the world of disability sport, having won two gold medals for Great Britain in last year’s World Down’s Syndrome Swimming Championships. William hopes his efforts will help Ben to compete in future competitions, including an upcoming championship in Italy in 2012. “It was great in the daytime as my family and friends came down to the lake and we had a barbecue, but in the early hours it got pretty lonely,” admitted William, who managed 36 laps before tiredness meant he lost count!

William is currently waiting to find out how much he has raised for Ben’s cause.

William took up walking as part of a health initiative “steps” challenge at work.