Cobus recently undertook a gruelling “Hadrian’s Wall, Coast-2-Coast” fundraising Challenge in support of their nominated Foundation Charity of 2016 – PAUL For Brain Recovery

After travelling up the night before the event kicked off on the 7th September that involved a punishing hike over rough terrain for almost 90 miles following Hadrian’s Wall across a beautiful yet challenging stretch of borders landscape. This ancient fortification made a great setting for their chosen mission.

Michael Smith, Cobus Managing Director, said “I was talking with Paul about doing something a bit different following my ‘usual’ annual 3-Peaks challenge and Paul suggested this event as a bit of a joke to start with, but then we both thought – go on then, why not, we both like a challenge!”

The hike began with an early start, and after 12 hours on day one around 35 miles and over 75,000 steps had being covered – which also included getting lost that adding about 6 unwanted miles to the journey! The boys finally got settled down for the evening at an old farmhouse to nurse their blisters and grab a few hours’ sleep. By the second day of the challenge the team were finding it tough going. Mike said “We really hit a wall at the end of the second day and questioned whether we would be able to carry on after 13 hours walking solidly with no breaks with our feet now in a really bad way. However, after giving each other a good talking to and remembering that the challenge was all about mental strength as much as physical strength we pushed ourselves on and finished the 84 mile challenge following a 5am start on the third and last day in around 36 hours and 185,000 steps in total!”

Paul added “I was sure that the 84 mile trek would bring it’s challenges and it didn’t disappoint. I feel immensely proud to have completed this challenge which was an awesome experience all round – amazing views and a good test physically and mentally!  Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try and I’m pleased that we grabbed the chance to do it and raise funds and awareness for the charity.

I’d like to say a massive heartfelt thanks to Mike, walking over 84 miles was such a courageous effort to support our cause. Mike taking the time out of his busy work schedule and pushing his limits was fully appreciated. The guys got a heart of gold, it was a pleasure to walk alongside him throughout the challenge.”

The team has so far achieved a fundraising amount of £1481.88 (including gift aid) towards their target, but there’s still time to donate.

A big thank you goes out to all the T-Shirt sponsors including Neil Hudgell Solicitors, PBS Construction Ltd, Seasider Seafoods, Andrews Joinery, HD Drylining and JLP Scaffolding and to Stratstone BMW Hull who provided a support vehicle and the KRL Group who sponsored the accommodation for the trip and not forgetting Oli from OPB Sports therapy for our first aid supplies and support.

You can still support Mike and Paul’s challenge and raise funds for PAUL For Brain Recovery by visiting the fundraising page at which will help Paul’s charity to support more people across our region who are suffering from brain injury.