In 2010 both Marc and Steve took part in the Ghurkha challenge , a 100km run in a day over the South Downs , with all proceeds raised going towards Oxfam & the Ghurkha welfare trust.
Despite taking part in separate teams there was much banter in the lead up to the race and during training sessions.
Marc and his team completed the course in 16 hours 31 minutes with a final position of 25th out of 527 teams.
Steve and his team finished in 21 hours 16 minutes.
After the banter had diminished the two of them discussed completing another long distance challenge but together and for a charity of their own choice, this was how the Coast to Coast walk from St Bee’s Head to Robin Hoods Bay came to be.
The challenge was to complete the route with a self imposed target.
Supporting a charity was decided upon with ease, with both Marc and Steve having owned themselves or through family greyhounds and as such they decided they wanted to support ‘Greyhound Gap’ ( See Greyhound Gap header’)
During the walk Marc and Steve decided it would be great to carry on doing the long distance walks and decided that for the next 3 years they would do one walk each year. So by the time they finish they would have completed the four coast to coast walks of Great Britain and walked 1,000 miles! They set themselves the target of raising £10,000 for Greyhound Gaps kennel fund. All of the walks are self funded with every penny raised going to Greyhound Gap!
It was agreed that if this was to become a reality that they would like to professionalize themselves with a website and to attract new team members that shared their goals in raising awareness and publicity as well as sponsorship for Greyhound Gap.
"‘Walking the beat" seemed an ‘apt’ choice of a title for their website with all the team members having a link to the police.
“The coast to coast routes each year are more than just a walk. It’s an adventure, it’s about the people you meet and the relationships formed. I t’s about geography & history that you pass through. It’s about getting your feet wet at the beginning and the end! It’s what you learn about yourself. But most importantly it’s about raising funds and awareness for the Greyhound Gap.” – Marc Norman (03.07.11)
“In life you do the right thing…not for a medal…not to be hailed a hero…but simply because IT IS the right thing to do.”......
These walks are dedicated to the memory of "Miss Sandy woo"
12/10/98 - 28/11/09.