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Intrepid Margaret (81) reaches halfway on her 220 mile trek

1 May 2018

81 year-old Margaret Marande is now half way on her marathon 220-mile trek of the Hardy Way, having left Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre on 18 April, under the watchful eye of Hardy Society Chairman, Lord Fellowes.

Margaret is walking the Hardyway4Harry, a walk she herself created, in memory of her late partner Harry Holberry and to raise awareness and funds for three causes – Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, The Shaftesbury Westminster Memorial Hospital and Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.

Lord and Lady Fellowes with Margaret Marande (centre)

She reported: “I’ve made it to half way! I’m feeling a bit more confident  now as the knees and the feet have held up well so far. My leg muscles and shins have been a bit more problematic but are under control I think. We've seen a lot of hares along the way, but none of them as mad as I am!"

Battling the great British weather ranging from 25 degrees Celsius in week one to five degrees and flash flooding in week two, Margaret is determined to plough on:

Margaret reaches the halfway point“The main highlights of my journey so far have been the wonderful send-off on Day One at Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, the exceptional hospitality that I have received from places where I have stayed and the support of my family and friends who have accompanied me along most of the route transporting my baggage where necessary.  There have been many interesting sights and incidents all of which I will report after the walk but for now it’s onwards to West Dorset and then south to Bridport, the mighty Chesil Bank, the Isle of Portland, Weymouth and then, back inland, to Stinsford Church where Hardy’s heart is buried. The whole point of what I’m doing is to raise money for three very worthy causes so please do keep the donations coming. Every one is much appreciated.”

 Margaret hopes to complete her walk on 08 May. You can follow Margaret’s progress via her Facebook page:

And donate via:
Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre at Higher Bockhampton Cheques to Dorset County Council, Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QH

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