A COUPLE from Henley celebrated their wedding anniversary part way through an endurance walking challenge.
Tony and Claire Wright, of Marmion Road, were among the thousands of walkers who took part in the Thames Path Challenge over the weekend.
They walked 100km non-stop from Putney Bridge to Henley in 31 hours and four minutes.
The challenge on Saturday and Sunday involved thousands of people walking the full 100km or 50km. They could also walk or jog a 25km course along part of the route.
After departing at 9am on Saturday, the Wrights stopped at midnight to wish each other a happy sixth wedding anniversary.
Mr Wright, 53, said: “It was tough going and, like many other entrants, we suffered from fatigue and blisters.
“Knowing my wife might need a lift during the night I had purchased a gift and card for her.
“The sixth year traditional gift is iron but I did not want to carry anything too heavy, so I bought a tiny, metal “heart” from Vinegar Hill. This seemed to do the trick.”
The couple finished at Mill Meadows in Henley at 4.04pm on Sunday.
Mr Wright, a company director, added: “We carried on to the end and rounded off a very tiring weekend with an evening meal at Hotel du Vin, which we had to take a taxi to.”
The couple have raised more than £2,000 for Cancer Research UK. They were walking in memory of Mrs Wright’s father Ken Field, from Birmingham.
To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TonySEWright
For more local Thames Path Challenge participants and pictures, see this week's Henley Standard