Good friends of Zool, Ian and Stuart have been regular fundraisers for various Alzheimer’s charities for a long time as they have both lost close family members to the disease. Between them, they had already undertaken 10K runs, half marathons, marathons and a very painful back waxing – and they felt it was time for something a little different.

After some thought, Ian came up with the great idea to walk between the shortest pier in the UK – Wigan Pier – and the longest – Southend (his old home town.) Stuart loved the idea and offered to accompany him.

Ian’s ‘Pier 2 Pier’ brainchild came to fruition on 10th May 2018, when Stuart and Ian set off on a 240-mile walk over the course of 10 days with the aim of raising £. We offered them social media and PR support throughout the build up and for the actual walk itself. This is the story of how they did it.

30 September 2017: Training in the Lake District

Stuart did a 13-mile hike yesterday and then trekked up Kinder today, while Ian did a 17.3-mile walk to Lymn and back:

The Pier 2 Pier boys training for their walk
Stuart training for his Pier 2 Pier walk

6 October 2017: Printed T-shirts for Manchester Half Marathon

Cooper Sports in Sale were kind enough to print a couple of Alzheimer’s T-shirts for Ian and Stuart to wear while undertaking the Manchester Half Marathon:

T-shirt with detail os how to donate to pier2pier in aid of Alzheimer's Society
United Against Dementia t-shirt pier2pier

15th September 2017: Manchester Half Marathon

After just ten days training, Ian and Stuart both ran the Manchester Half Marathon – they had a great day, met some really nice people and had some fun (honest)!

Ian and Stuart pier2pier outside old trafford.
ian and stuart from pier2pier relaxing after their marathon

12 November 2017 – Training in the Peak District

Ian and Stuart had a great morning walking in the Peak District, making the summit of Mam Tor and they also ended up getting their picture into the Daily Mail as well:

Ian and Stuart at the summit of Mam Tor
three men walking a distance of 11.9 miles in 4 hours and 28 minutes garmin

8 January 2018: Treadmill Walk, Sainsbury’s, Sale

In a bid to kickstart their fundraising campaign, Ian and Stuart walked on treadmill’s in Sainsbury’s, Curzon Road, Sale from 8 am to 5.30pm. They would like to say a huge thank you to Sports Direct Fitness in Sale for the use of their treadmills.

21 January 2018: Training Walk, Chinley Churn

15 mile walk in the snow to the top of Chinley Churn:

Stuart climbing to the top of Chinley Churn
ian and stuart pier2pier walking in the snow at chinley churn

7 April 2018: Manchester Marathon

Ian undertook the Manchester Marathon in aid of Alzheimer’s Society – he managed to complete it in 4 hours and 42 minutes.

Ian at the beginning of the Manchester Marathon
Ian at the end of the Manchester Marathon

9 May – The Night Before:

Night before they set off

10 May: Day One – Wigan Pier to Knutsford via Warrington (24 Miles)

Ian and Stuart had a great start to their walk, with perfect weather and lots of generous and friendly people along the way.  By the end of Day One, they had already achieved donations of £3500.

Ian and Stuart at Wigan Pier
Map showing the first days walking .
Ian and Stuart in Knutsford

11 May: Day Two – Knutsford to Newcastle-under-Lyme (25 Miles)

Ian and Stuart found it a bit tougher going today, with lots of aches and pains slowing them down slightly. The welcoming and generous people they met along the way really helped them to keep going though and they even managed to collect £150 along the way.

Ian and Stuart at Newcastle-under-Lyme

12 May: Day Three Newcastle-under-Lyme to Lichfield (29 miles)

One of the longest stretches on the trip, although 16 miles of it was along the wonderful Trent Mersey Canal, and the lads took the opportunity to stop off at Canalside Farm for a breather.  They also managed to collect £160 along the way, bringing the total donated so far to £4455.

Ian and Stuart outside Tesco Lichfield
Stuart standing next to the Trent Mersey Canal

13 May: Day Four – Lichfield to Nuneaton ( 22 miles)

A sore start to the day with both Ian and Stuart suffering from aches and pains, which led to them making the decision to change the route from a 28-mile stroll along the canal to a less scenic 22 miles – which involved a few hours walking along the A5! A very hot afternoon ensued, but it was made all the better by a nice cold beer at the end.

Ian and Stuart next to signpost showing Linchfield
Stuart and Ian drinking a well earned pint

14 May: Day Five – Nuneaton to Northampton (22 miles)

An exciting day for the lads as at some point during the day they will hit the halfway point – 115 miles done and 115 miles to go! They met some great people on this stretch, including a cyclist who had no money on him but came back and found them an hour later in order to donate.

Stuart and Ian outside a pub in Nuneaton
Stuart and Ian in Nuneaton
Stuart and Ian at the halfway point on their pier2pier walk

15 May: Day Six – Northampton to Bedford (22 Miles)

A very hot day where lots of sun cream was applied and much water was taken on board!

Ian and Stuart next to a Northampton sign
Map showing where ian and stuart walked today
Ian and Stuart enjoying a cider in Bedford

16 May: Day Seven – Bedford to Stevenage

Ian and Stewart next to a Stevanage sign

17 May: Day Eight – Stevenage to Harlow 

The lads had a confusing start to the day trying to negotiate the Stevenage underpasses, but they sound found their way and even ended up walking a few miles by the canal. Near the end of the day, they crossed over into Essex, the destination county which meant they were within 50 miles of Southend Pier – so this was definitely a cause for celebration!

Stuart and Ian next to a sign showing Knebworth, Hertford, and Hitchin
Ian and Stuart enter Essex

18 May: Day Nine – Harlow to Chelmsford

The lads were so close now, they could almost smell the sea air!

Sign showing Chelmsford (A414) and Motorway M11

19 May: Day 10 (Last Day) – Chelmsford to Southend Pier

Ian and Stuart made it to the finish line. Well, they passed it actually, as they felt they couldn’t walk all that way and not go to the end of the pier!

Ian and Stuart cross the border into Southend-on-Sea
Ian and Stuart at Southend Pier - the end of their journey
The sign showing the end of Southend Pier

With sore feet and tired eyes, Ian and Stuart came to the end of their epic 10 days walk from Wigan Pier to Southend Pier. What a journey it was. They did, however, manage to raise an epic £8,170 for the Alzheimers Society – we are so proud of them. Well done lads…..now what’s next?

Zool Support Pier 2 Pier Walk in Aid of Alzheimer’s Charity

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Good friends of Zool, Ian and Stuart have been regular fundraisers for various Alzheimer’s charities for a long time as they have both lost close family members to the disease. Between them, they had already undertaken 10K runs, half marathons, marathons and a very painful back waxing – and they felt it was time for something a little different.

After some thought, Ian came up with the great idea to walk between the shortest pier in the UK – Wigan Pier – and the longest – Southend (his old home town.) Stuart loved the idea and offered to accompany him.

Ian’s ‘Pier 2 Pier’ brainchild came to fruition on 10th May 2018, when Stuart and Ian set off on a 240-mile walk over the course of 10 days with the aim of raising £. We offered them social media and PR support throughout the build up and for the actual walk itself. This is the story of how they did it.

30 September 2017: Training in the Lake District

Stuart did a 13-mile hike yesterday and then trekked up Kinder today, while Ian did a 17.3-mile walk to Lymn and back:

The Pier 2 Pier boys training for their walk
Stuart training for his Pier 2 Pier walk

6 October 2017: Printed T-shirts for Manchester Half Marathon

Cooper Sports in Sale were kind enough to print a couple of Alzheimer’s T-shirts for Ian and Stuart to wear while undertaking the Manchester Half Marathon:

T-shirt with detail os how to donate to pier2pier in aid of Alzheimer's Society
United Against Dementia t-shirt pier2pier

15th September 2017: Manchester Half Marathon

After just ten days training, Ian and Stuart both ran the Manchester Half Marathon – they had a great day, met some really nice people and had some fun (honest)!

Ian and Stuart pier2pier outside old trafford.
ian and stuart from pier2pier relaxing after their marathon

12 November 2017 – Training in the Peak District

Ian and Stuart had a great morning walking in the Peak District, making the summit of Mam Tor and they also ended up getting their picture into the Daily Mail as well:

Ian and Stuart at the summit of Mam Tor
three men walking a distance of 11.9 miles in 4 hours and 28 minutes garmin

8 January 2018: Treadmill Walk, Sainsbury’s, Sale

In a bid to kickstart their fundraising campaign, Ian and Stuart walked on treadmill’s in Sainsbury’s, Curzon Road, Sale from 8 am to 5.30pm. They would like to say a huge thank you to Sports Direct Fitness in Sale for the use of their treadmills.

21 January 2018: Training Walk, Chinley Churn

15 mile walk in the snow to the top of Chinley Churn:

Stuart climbing to the top of Chinley Churn
ian and stuart pier2pier walking in the snow at chinley churn

7 April 2018: Manchester Marathon

Ian undertook the Manchester Marathon in aid of Alzheimer’s Society – he managed to complete it in 4 hours and 42 minutes.

Ian at the beginning of the Manchester Marathon
Ian at the end of the Manchester Marathon

9 May – The Night Before:

Night before they set off

10 May: Day One – Wigan Pier to Knutsford via Warrington (24 Miles)

Ian and Stuart had a great start to their walk, with perfect weather and lots of generous and friendly people along the way.  By the end of Day One, they had already achieved donations of £3500.

Ian and Stuart at Wigan Pier
Map showing the first days walking .
Ian and Stuart in Knutsford

11 May: Day Two – Knutsford to Newcastle-under-Lyme (25 Miles)

Ian and Stuart found it a bit tougher going today, with lots of aches and pains slowing them down slightly. The welcoming and generous people they met along the way really helped them to keep going though and they even managed to collect £150 along the way.

Ian and Stuart at Newcastle-under-Lyme

12 May: Day Three Newcastle-under-Lyme to Lichfield (29 miles)

One of the longest stretches on the trip, although 16 miles of it was along the wonderful Trent Mersey Canal, and the lads took the opportunity to stop off at Canalside Farm for a breather.  They also managed to collect £160 along the way, bringing the total donated so far to £4455.

Ian and Stuart outside Tesco Lichfield
Stuart standing next to the Trent Mersey Canal

13 May: Day Four – Lichfield to Nuneaton ( 22 miles)

A sore start to the day with both Ian and Stuart suffering from aches and pains, which led to them making the decision to change the route from a 28-mile stroll along the canal to a less scenic 22 miles – which involved a few hours walking along the A5! A very hot afternoon ensued, but it was made all the better by a nice cold beer at the end.

Ian and Stuart next to signpost showing Linchfield
Stuart and Ian drinking a well earned pint

14 May: Day Five – Nuneaton to Northampton (22 miles)

An exciting day for the lads as at some point during the day they will hit the halfway point – 115 miles done and 115 miles to go! They met some great people on this stretch, including a cyclist who had no money on him but came back and found them an hour later in order to donate.

Stuart and Ian outside a pub in Nuneaton
Stuart and Ian in Nuneaton
Stuart and Ian at the halfway point on their pier2pier walk

15 May: Day Six – Northampton to Bedford (22 Miles)

A very hot day where lots of sun cream was applied and much water was taken on board!

Ian and Stuart next to a Northampton sign
Map showing where ian and stuart walked today
Ian and Stuart enjoying a cider in Bedford

16 May: Day Seven – Bedford to Stevenage

Ian and Stewart next to a Stevanage sign

17 May: Day Eight – Stevenage to Harlow 

The lads had a confusing start to the day trying to negotiate the Stevenage underpasses, but they sound found their way and even ended up walking a few miles by the canal. Near the end of the day, they crossed over into Essex, the destination county which meant they were within 50 miles of Southend Pier – so this was definitely a cause for celebration!

Stuart and Ian next to a sign showing Knebworth, Hertford, and Hitchin
Ian and Stuart enter Essex

18 May: Day Nine – Harlow to Chelmsford

The lads were so close now, they could almost smell the sea air!

Sign showing Chelmsford (A414) and Motorway M11

19 May: Day 10 (Last Day) – Chelmsford to Southend Pier

Ian and Stuart made it to the finish line. Well, they passed it actually, as they felt they couldn’t walk all that way and not go to the end of the pier!

Ian and Stuart cross the border into Southend-on-Sea
Ian and Stuart at Southend Pier - the end of their journey
The sign showing the end of Southend Pier

With sore feet and tired eyes, Ian and Stuart came to the end of their epic 10 days walk from Wigan Pier to Southend Pier. What a journey it was. They did, however, manage to raise an epic £8,170 for the Alzheimers Society – we are so proud of them. Well done lads…..now what’s next?