Colin Cooper was joined by over 130 supporters on Saturday as they scaled the three highest peaks in Yorkshire to raise money for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
The Pools boss was overwhelmed by the backing he received for the venture which saw walkers trek 26 miles up and down the three peaks, with the majority completing the route in twelve hours or less.
Last summer Cooper was joined by a team of trekkers including Craig Hignett and Jeff Stelling in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but this year he was keen to do something more people could get involved with.
“I think everyone will be itching a little with insect bites but other than that we had a brilliant day,” Cooper told us.
“We got the right kind of weather and we got over 130 people involved – the majority of whom made it through the whole walk in around twelve hours which is great.
“Obviously the Finlay Cooper Fund will benefit from the sponsorship money but hopefully everyone who took part gained a real sense of achievement as well – and so they should.
“I didn’t find the walk easy at all; by the end of eleven and a half hours my legs were hurting and my feet were sore so I was just very pleased to get across the rail track and down back in to Horton!
“Someone said to me about halfway round that there felt like there was a real camaraderie throughout the day and there was – at different times you’re going to get people struggling but the Peaks were alive with people from all kinds of charities and there was a good spirit.
“I’m so thankful to everyone who turned out for the walk – we had Pools fans, Middlesbrough fans and there was even a family who had come from Portsmouth via Devon to pick their son up which was staggering.
“From my point of view I just want to thank everyone who took part because we now get the pleasure of gathering the money in and handing it out to some really worthy causes.”
The Finlay Cooper Fund – which has raised more than £300,000 since being set-up in 2006 – will donate all money raised from the latest challenge to children’s causes around the region.