MAYOR of Barnsley Mick Stowe led a marathon-length charity walk last weekend - and his fundraising goal was immediately smashed.

The group braved torrential rain for the mayor’s chosen charities Barnsley Blind and Partially Sighted and Barnsley Hospice and completed the planned 23-mile walk in under eight hours.

However, they also walked an extra three miles - and the £999 fundraising goal is almost at £3,000.

The walk began early on Saturday morning at Dunford Bridge and finished at Pastures Lodge and Hotel in Mexborough.

The mayor was joined by the leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton, MP Dan Jarvis and a number of councillors.

Coun Stowe said: “Despite following the designated route, it came as some surprise to the team when they had to walk an additional three miles to reach the finish line, making it a 26-mile walk, as opposed to the anticipated 23.

“But what a day we had completing my charity walk - it was a truly magnificent day that exceeded all my expectations.

“It was wet and rained on and off from the outset, but it didn’t make any difference to our spirit or determination - in fact, it just added to our camaraderie.

“The support we received along the way was incredible.”

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