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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

5,000 Miles From Croatia To Spain The Hard Way









Chris Brown and Nick Matthews, former managers of Brooksby Wines on West End Lane, are walking from Croatia to Spain for charity. Picture: Polly Hancock













Croatia to Spain 5,000 mile barefoot charity walk reaches Igrane




An innovative attempt to raise £1 million for three charities by two British former wine merchants is on track, as Chris Brown and Nick Matthews walked into the Croatian coastal town of Igrane on March 13, 2012, the latest stage in their epic attempt to walk 5,000 miles from Croatia to Spain. The two friends, who profess no particular walking experience or fitness levels, departed from Dubrovnik on February 28, heading north on a journey which will cover 5,000 miles of coastline along Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France and Spain, before finally reaching the final destination of Tarifa
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 Matthews, 31, has set himself an additional challenge - to do the entire journey barefoot. “I have back-packed around Europe and enjoyed walking barefoot because of the feeling of it, but we’ll try and avoid shattered glass and the like. I’m not sure it has ever been done before," he told his local newspaper Ham and High.








The walkers, who have received some big cash pledges, should they complete the mammoth journey, have chosen three charities as recipients of monies raised: The Willow Foundation, Kids for Kids and Epilepsy Reseach UK, all of which are close to their hearts: “I have friends who suffer with it (epilepsy). It was pretty much my best friend who I grew up with since about the age of two who died from it a few years ago," said Matthews. “I really wanted to do something towards that, but at the time I was just so busy with my job so it’s great that I can finally do something." The route is certainly one of the most picturesque in Europe, and is the latest to highlight the stunning Adriatic coast, which is the backbone of Croatia's tourism offer.

An ambitious project to showcase the diverse nature of the country's tourism by travelling the length of Croatia in a route which spelled the word 'Welcome' from the air, was an unqualified success by Daniel Lacko and his team, and created the 'World's Biggest Welcome'. Digital Journal will be reporting on the progress of the two intrepid walkers up the Croatian coast, and you can follow their progress on Facebook page May the Road Rise.






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