Richard’s making great strides

In the first five days of his Pennine Way walk, Richard Crossland has been clocking up the miles to raise money for cancer charities.

The Todmorden Cricket Club stalwart, who battled cancer for three years, put in some hard mileage on the first two days after being waved off with a Yorkshire flag from the way’s start at Edale in Derbyshire, including passing through home territory.

By the second day he was set to pass his initial £5,000 fundraising target and aims to raise as much money as possible for Rays of Hope at St James’s, Leeds, and the Colorectal and Chemotherapy Centre within the Macmillan Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Yesterday he was heading towards Ickornshaw in North Yorkshire. He and fellow walker Brian Windle have had some company, including Richard’s daughter Helen, along the way. For more about the challenge or to donate, log on to