Retired West Dorset nurses heading for London Marathon after completing South West Coast Path

Janet and Patrick Letherby have completed all 630 miles of the South West Coast Path

TWO retired nurses from Bridport Community Hospital have completed all 630 miles of the South West Coast Path.

Janet and Patrick Letherby have a combined 88 years in the NHS service and have just completed the mammoth challenge – but they won’t be resting for long.

The journey has spanned two years but took 68 days to complete and took them on paths trodden around cliffs and coves, starting at Minehead in Somerset and finishing at Poole harbour. Walking it is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest four times.

It is certainly not for the faint hearted as they experienced rain, hail, mud slides, strong winds, narrow edges, slippery slopes and walking across estuary’s but were rewarded with outstanding views, sunsets, turquoise seas, seals, dolphins, rare birds and butterflies.

Along the way they met many interesting people and learnt about the history and heritage of the South West as well as the delicious cuisine.

The final eight-mile stage from Swanage to Poole harbour they ran as part of their London Marathon training, which is to be their next challenge in October.

They both have charity places to run for – for Alzheimer’s Society and Multiple Sclerosis-UK, and to do this they both need to raise £2,000 each.

Janet’s JustGiving page – – is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Patrick’s JustGiving page – – is in aid of MS-UK

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