Worle man talks of ‘amazing’ 100-mile trek with 100 dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 June 2017

Marc Aplin with his travel companions.

Marc Aplin with his travel companions.

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Most people take their furry friend for a leisurely stroll which lasts a few miles, but one man from Worle went one step further.

Marc Aplin, aged 29, walked 100 miles from Bristol to London with 100 different dogs to raise thousands of pounds for charities.

Pet owner Marc embarked on the challenge to raise money and awareness for eight different dog rescue charities – both local and national.

While his two eager pups – Cookie the chihuahua and Poppy the Boston terrier – enjoy a walk from time to time, they could not take part in the full 100-mile trek, so Marc took to Facebook to encourage other dog owners to join him along the way.

Marc told the Mercury: “It was an amazing experience. I love dogs, so getting to meet 100 of them in such a short period of time was really wonderful.

“I will remember many of the conversations I had with people and why they had come to meet me for a very long time.”

On his journey, people from all over the country supported him on his walk and kept him company.

He added: “I learned people will do amazing things to support a worthy cause.

“At around 11pm, we were walking through a field – it was tipping down with rain, pitch black, my shoes and clothes were soaked and we had started shivering.

“Then, in the distance, there was a light. We soon realised it was a woman standing with two small dogs. She had been waiting there for 40 minutes and had driven more than 50 miles to come and join us after she tracked our progress on Facebook. It was unbelievable.

“I always knew just a little bit further down the road would be a new person and dog waiting for us with a smile, well wishes and a story about why they came.”

Tireless Marc walked non-stop for 34 hours and raised £4,250 for his eight nominated charities, which included South West French Bulldog Rescue, Happy Landings, Holly Hedge and Dogs Trust.

To find out more about Marc’s adventures, visit www.100miles100dogs.co.uk
Or, to make a donation, you can visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for ‘100 miles, 100 dogs’.


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