Andy shines in his midnight marathon...but the 26.2 mile walk round London left him ‘sore for days’

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STROLLING round London may not seem a particularly daunting challenge – but trekking across the capital in the middle of the night for more than 26 miles is a completely different matter.

But that was the task ahead for Andy Butterfield from Gadebridge and eight friends, who trudged 26.2 miles from the O2 arena to Buckingham Palace and back again, as part of the Shine walk in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Andy, who together with his friends raised more than £2,500, said: “I really enjoyed it.

“The last few miles were a bit of a struggle but once I got to Buckingham Palace at about four in the morning I knew we were on the way home.

“I was sore for about four or five days afterwards!”

Andy was inspired to take on the challenge after his father Keith died of cancer last year.

The 34-year-old admitted that his family and friends were tucked up in bed during the walk but he did receive tweets of encouragement on online social networking site, Twitter, which he was able to read on his mobile phone.

He said: “It was great reading messages of support and I posted pictures up as I went round, too.

“More than anything, it was just fantastic to be able to meet other people affected by cancer.

“Some people walking had had cancer themselves which I found just mind-blowing. You couldn’t fail to be inspired.”

More than 10,000 people took part in the walk in London and having already registered for the challenge again next year, Andy says he is also considering doing one in Manchester in May.

“I can’t wait for next year’s one in London again and doing the one in Manchester’s a possibility.

“It would be great to see a different city.”