Adventurer Christian Nock completes round UK Coastal Challenge

Christian Nock arrives in Blackpool after walking the coast of the UK

An ex-soldier, dubbed ‘Britain’s Forrest Gump’, has completed an 8,000-mile trek around the coast, taking him 18 months and raising almost £200,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Adventurer Christian Nock, 40, set off on August 8 2012, from his local pub in Blackpool – Tommy Docks, and ran across the length and breadth of Britain, battling against the elements.

He completed his journey’s final steps by sleeping rough every night, covering every strip of the UK’s coast.

During his voyage he fought the wet British weather, going through 14 pairs of walking boots throughout the trip.

He beat the flu twice, got blisters, sickness, non-stop rain, suffered several near death experiences and had to use his army skills to survive.

As he finished the 8,000 mile trek, he claimed he cried as he saw Blackpool Tower appear over the horizon, which signalled the end of his voyage.

Mr Nock said: ‘I’ve cried more in the last week than in the last decade. Seeing Blackpool Tower just signalled the end and it was extremely emotional.
‘Everyone who has supported me on the journey throughout – following me on Facebook, giving me a hot drink or a sandwich, cheering me on – has completely reinstalled my faith in humanity.
‘As an ex-infantryman myself, I know soldiers struggle returning to life as a civilian. Many struggle to reintegrate into normal family life, often due to a lack of counselling and support.
‘My aim was not only to raise an obscene sum of money for Help for Heroes but to enhance public awareness of our homeless soldiers by sleeping as they would sleep.

On 30th June 2013 Christian Nock walked through Bridlington where the Bridlington Lions Club presented him with a cheque for £200 to donate to the charity Help for Heroes.

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