hi
 
Recieved this e mail from tim humphreys, plus other mail forwarded to tim, about Coco (Cockoran) ex soldier who does charity marathans, his latest which just finished is a coast to coast marathan, what TRUE brave ex soldier
 
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hi
 
Here is the story from ITN
 
 
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Hi Les,
Coco is King. What a walk it must have been, a great marathon and effort and for a good cause. Please could you put this success and the story of Coco on Group Box. A fine cause. Cheers Les take care.
Tim

 
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Coco

 

As they say around these parts, ‘what a ripper’!  Reading your report of huge success in completing this mammoth task makes me appreciate how far removed I am from the UK; not least as I sit here at the end of an autumn day in the sub-tropics in the high 20s and read of ‘snow’!

Many congratulations not only in what you have achieved physically and in terms of geography, but particularly in terms of profile for the family that is the ‘regiments’, the cause that is those who need the support, and the bonds that keep us in touch, no matter where we are in the world!

Enjoy the rest of a very well-earned Easter break, and many congratulations again!

Peter

Colonel Peter Davies ex 2LI

 

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On 08/04/2012, at 21:12, “PAUL COCORAN”
Good Morning Sir,

I have done it!
I finished the walk yesterday at 1615hrs on a very Sunny Saturday afternoon, the day before one of my friends had offered to book me into the Pub in the village of Glaisdale a couple of doors down from his Mother’s House for my final night and we had a lovely Dinner and talked about the final leg from there to Robin Hood’s bay, he walked with me and as we began the final 18miles the Weather tried to spoil things by starting to snow but this did not last long, the Sun came out and I was able to dash along, a sight that will stick in folks memories for a very long time dressed in Pyjamas and rattling my tin as I have done for the last 13days.

 
Encouraged by the Tourists, day trippers and locals I found the strength to jog the last 2 miles through the village of Fylingthorpe and into the Bay itself, packed with well wishers and some of my colleagues and friends including the RAF PR Officer I dipped my boots into the North Sea and threw the stone that I had carried all the way from the West into the Sea, I went into the Bay Hotel, Wainwright’s Pub to have the traditional Pint and signed the Coast 2 Coast Book, it was quite moving for me because although I was glad to have finished, it could have gone really bad especially after day one in the Lakes when I realised the size of the challenge that I had taken on carrying everything and had to really dig deep to actually complete it.

 
On Friday I was crossing the Cleveland Hills and was quite literally up to my backside in snow with every step sinking 3-4 foot, I crossed Carlton bank which under normal circumstances is a clearly marked stone path but the snow would not make it that easy for me, eventually I broke out into rolling fields and got some strange looks from Cattle and Sheep as they came over to see if I was carrying food for them.

 
The RAF PR Officer Richard Weeks had arranged with our CO to involve a Sea King Helicopter for maximum Publicity and he rang me to make sure that I would be able to get myself to Blakey Ridge at the Lion Public House right in the middle of the Moors for a Photo/Video shoot, when I got there the Helicopter was ‘parked’ outside the Pub and ‘crew’ having dinner, well it was Good Friday and I went inside, talking and receiving donations then climbed aboard the Chopper for some extreme ironing, they opened the door and with my board firmly strapped down and me attached by safety belt I began to Iron the Regimental flag about 150 ft up to the delight of everyone who had come outside to watch, my friend walked round collecting donations and after a quick thank you the Helicopter resumed duty and I set off to Glaisdale meeting up with my friend just in time to get ready for Dinner at the Pub where I would be staying for the night.

 
I have had the most rewarding time along my journey and have talked to many, many folk along the way, I have a couple of days left of the Easter break to recover and there will be a Press release on Tuesday, I will have an interview from Yorkshire/ Tyne Tees TV and this will give me further opportunities to spread the word about the Rifles.

 

During long endurance Walks I have found that keeping focused on the leg of each journey rather than the final destination has always been best practice, I had a thought during one particular long stretch and that was ‘How far in the UK Home does the average Ironing board actually move’?

I believe the Answer is roughly 4-6 feet (Just a thought!)

 
Thank you for your continued support and many photographs to follow,

 
 

Coco

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