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Putting his best foot forward in Southend. John Rayment is just days away from completing his mission to walk more than 5,000 miles around the British coast.
His father had Parkinson's disease and now he's raising money for three charities who are looking to find a cure.
He's travelled through Cornwall, Wales, Cumbria and Scotland since he started his journey last August and even celebrated his 60th birthday in John O'Groats.
By the time it's complete, John estimates he will have walked 12 million paces. Walking Southend Pier took another 1.3 miles off the target.
When it's all over John, who used to be a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, says he is looking forward to a long and leisurely retirement.
Click below to see the full report on John's journey:
John Rayment from Essex is continuing his marathon walk around the coast of Britain to raise money for three charities working to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease: Parkinson’s UK, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinson’s Improvement Programme (PIP).
It’s a cause close to his heart as John’s father had the disease 10 years ago. The retired business lecturer from Anglia Ruskin University wants to walk 6,000 miles round the coast, a trek he estimates will take 12 million paces.
John’s journey began in August 2012 at the Tilbury Ferry on the River Thames and that’s where it will end this Saturday.
Since then he has completed the South West Coastal Path, the Wales Coast Path and the Lancashire Coastal Way. Heading north through Cumbria, he crossed the Scottish border on 20th April and marched along the Dumfries and Galloway coast.