‘It was the hardest thing I have ever done’ – Mercury reporter and student radiographer take on tough trek for NSPCC

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 July 2017

Sheridan and Louise at the start of the challenge.

Sheridan and Louise at the start of the challenge.


A Mercury reporter and student radiographer pushed their bodies to the limit in a gruelling 100km hike for the NSPCC.

Louise Scarff and Sheridan Robins.Louise Scarff and Sheridan Robins.

Sheridan Robins and Lousie Scarff, both from Weston-super-Mare, took on the Cotswold Challenge this month, which saw them face the tough challenge of walkintg the equivalent of two-and-a-half marathons over two days.

The pair signed up to the challenge on a whim earlier this year, but it quickly dawned on them how tough the hike would be once their training began in earnest.

However, they remained committed to the task ahead of them, and hiked regularly through the Somerset countryside in preparation.

Sheridan reaches the end.Sheridan reaches the end.

They both set out from Bath on July 1, preparing for a lengthy trek through woodlands and over hilltops before finishing in Cheltenham.

Unfortunately Louise, aged 33, had to drop out through hip and knee injuries after the first day, but determined Sheridan persevered alone to complete the second day of the challenge.

She said: “It was the hardest thing I have ever done and I was so glad to get over the finish line.

“So many people had to retire so I feel really proud to have made it to the other side.

“It was so gutting for Lou she couldn’t finish, but with an injury like she had, she did amazingly.”

It was the first year the Cotswold Challenge took place and 2,000 people took part.

Sheridan and Louise’s fundraising efforts have meant they raised in excess of £840 for the child protection charity the NSPCC.

Louise said this was a charity particularly close to her heart because of her work in healthcare.

Sheridan, aged 26, found herself suffering with her own injuries as a result of the tough trek, but said it was worth it.

She added: “The support I had was second to none and the most important thing is the money I raised for the NSPCC.

“My pain is temporary but some children go through so much more. I cried at the finish line when I saw Lou and spoke to my parents.”

You can donate to Louise by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/loulovesginandwalking or to Sheridan via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sheridan-Robins

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