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Eartham teacher takes on Roman walk

Patrick Davis is attempting to walk 100 miles along South Downs Way dressed as a Roman soldier. Contributed pic SUS-140624-154453001

Patrick Davis is attempting to walk 100 miles along South Downs Way dressed as a Roman soldier. Contributed pic SUS-140624-154453001

A TEACHER is ready to walk 100miles along the South Downs Way dressed as a Roman soldier.

Patrick Davis, 24, teaches at Great Ballard School in Eartham near Chichester.

He is aiming to raise money for Chestnut Tree House – a hospice which cares for children and young adults with progressive and life-limiting conditions.

Mr Davis said: “Although the design of the armour was revolutionary for the time, it is quite heavy and the Roman sandals leave something to be desired.

“I hope to complete the route in six days and raise at least one pound a mile. During the trip I plan to see how far I can go each day before calling into a bed and breakfast.

“I would have liked to have camped but this would have made the equipment too heavy.”

Mr Davis said he got the idea after watching a documentary 
on the Romans – who used to walk up to 20 miles a day in full battle gear.

“I wondered if I could do such a thing. Furthermore, the area around where I live has a rich Roman heritage and I wanted to pay tribute to that in some way.”

 

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