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The Dallaglio Dozen cross into Yorkshire on their epic trek from Coast to Coast.

Having crossed the M6 the Dallaglio Dozen are now on Yorkshire ground after passing through Kirkby Stephen. Over half way to the finish line they will have completed their 11th day by the end of today with a total walking mileage of 111.5 miles staying over in Reeth village this evening.

Starting in St Bee’s 9 days ago the team have endured some tough days from aches and pains to vomiting, infected blisters and some spectacular falls. They have climbed some challenging heights of up to 1900ft including Dent hill which was quickly renamed ‘the lump’ by Geoff Newman. Geoff who has trained in and played rugby all his life stated ‘I have never endured such a physically, brutal challenge before this.’

So far the team have stayed in Ennerdale Bridge, Rosthwaite, Patterdale, Shap, Kirkby Stephen and Keld. The team’s evenings consist of being well replenished by a good feed on pub food and being looked after by their voluntary blister fixer, Duncan!

Up until now it seems the Dallaglio Dozen have had the weather behind them which has made the epic walk easier to endure as well as the incredible scenery along the way.

Unfortunately our team of 12 are now down to 11 following some severe blister infections and injuries. Geoff who is incredibly disappointed to pull out will still be right behind the team for the rest of the walk and should be incredibly proud of their efforts so far! The team are now preparing to take on the Yorkshire Moors for the next few days until they finish up in Robin Hoods Bay on 16th May. The Dallaglio Foundation are backing them all the way and wishing them all the best for the final few hurdles!

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