Craig Keatley has put his best flipper forward in a bid to raise £6,000 for the Christie Cancer Centre.
But the 48-year-old civil servant’s choice of footwear for his 170 miles coast-to-coast walk raised a few eyebrows when he turned up in Uppermill on Thursday, May 10.
“It’s so random it works,” smiled Mancunian Craig as he arrived from Huddersfield for an overnight stop at the Waggon Inn on High Street.
“I have had no grief from people. Everything has only been really positive.
“It is fun but there is a serious side. There are far many people who succumb to cancer but also survive cancer. And the Christie do a fantastic job.”
Craig reached Saddleworth on day five of his challenge having raised around £3,700 towards his total.
However, it hasn’t all been plain strolling after setting off from Withernsea on the east coast bound for Crosby beach on Merseyside.
He had hoped to become the first person to walk coast-to-coast in flippers. Instead, the hot weather and his alternative choice of footwear contributed to blisters and bunions. So, he ditched the flippers for a pair of walking shoes.
But with an extra set strapped to his backpack, the flippers will be out again before reaching journey’s end.
“I have never done anything like this before,” laughed Craig, nicknamed ‘Flipper Keatz. “It must be a mid-life crisis. “But it’s been immense.”