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Gregor Watson’s Canal Walking Challenge – 98 Miles in 7 Days

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 | 0 comments


From 8-14 April Gregor Watson, who’s just 13 years old, walked the Cheshire Ring Canal – that’s 98 miles in seven days! Gregor is raising funds for Action Duchenne because his life-long friend Toby Maurice has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, below he explains more about his motivation and what he has been doing to fundraise:


I decided many many months ago that I wanted to do something to raise money for Action Duchenne, to help support my friend Toby.

We have known each other all our lives and I have watched over the years as Toby has struggled with everyday tasks. This is what inspired me to do this challenge and raise money. My canal challenge is a big venture and has taken lots of preparation, organisation and training. But I know it is all worth it .

Along the way I have also done some smaller fundraisers to help promote my challenge. These have included a ‘silly sock day’ and cake sale at school and a bucket collection at our local football club. Each of these additional events were very easy to arrange but raised great amounts for Action Duchenne.

I will keep you posted along the way!!



We will be keeping the community updated with Gregor’s progress over the week long challenge. You can see his everyday hero online fundraising page here.


Day Seven Blog

GREGOR HAS DONE IT! The last day was a great walk with better weather than forecast. It was encouraging for them to be met by a group of friends and family at the end of the day and challenge. This was followed by some well deserved tea and cake.

Day 7 was 11.5 miles and 26,277 steps. Last vlog of the challenge below:


Total challenge mileage – 102 miles and 243,189 steps. With donations still coming in he’s raised over £4000. Amazing well done Gregor!


Day Six Blog



Great weather again! Gregor was joined by his Dad for the day, plus Toby and his Dad Andrew joined them for the first part of the day from Manchester City centre out to the velodrome at sport city. They just can’t believe that they’ve only got one more day of walking left! Check out his daily vlog below:




Day Five Blog 




Gregor and his mum Jane walked 15.4 miles which is 38,361 steps. They left the countryside behind for a more urban walk into central Manchester. Toby Maurice joined Gregor for lunch and also the overnight stay. He has now raised £3578.63 – wow! Check out his daily vlog below:



Day Four Blog

With the end of day four Gregor is now more than halfway through the entire challenge. This was a shorter day of 10 miles and 24,074 steps. They finished earlier than normal to rest up for the last few big days. Check out Gregor’s daily vlog below, where he thanks all those people supporting him.




Day Three Blog



On the third day they walked 17.15 miles which is 39,987 steps. Gregor and Jane are doing really well and had beautiful weather. Gregor’s now raised over £3300 for us. See his vlog below:



Day Two Blog 

Walked 12.7 miles which is 32,336 steps. They had a very warm day again and are hoping for a cooler day on Day Three. Gregor’s daily vlog below:


Day One Blog

Walked 20 miles which is 45,700 steps. We’ve heard from Gregor & his mum Jane, they said; “The first day went really well, very sunny but now we both have sore feet.” Watch Gregor’s awesome vlog about Day One below:


If you’d like to do a walking/trekking challenge or maybe even a silly sock day like Gregor, please contact Paul Bown (Events Fundraising Officer) on or via 020 8556 9955

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