This Saturday, 6 June, Janet Machen will be starting a 19-day walk of the Pennine Way to raise money for FC United’s Development Fund.
Janet is already known to many FC supporters for her formidable walking. At the end of the 2011/2012 season she raised over £1,000 for the DF by doing a sponsored walk, tracing 26 miles of United and FC history from Newton Heath to Gigg Lane via Old Trafford, and then finally on to Broadhurst Park.
Back then, Broadhurst Park was not the superb home to which we welcomed Benfica last Friday - it was still the Ronald Johnson playing fields, long grass and a few scampering dogs, and we were still waiting to receive planning permission from the city council. Our club and our ground have come a long way in a short time, and soon Janet will be walking a long way in a short time.
Her epic adventure will start at Edale, Derbyshire, and follow the Pennines all the way to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders, 19 days and 268 miles later, and will involve 37,215 feet of ascent. This is made even more epic by the fact that Janet had a knee operation late last year, but it is this spirit of optimism, bravery and determination that means FC United exists at all.
Janet said: “I love walking in the Pennines but haven’t been able to do much walking lately. FC United is my club and I can’t wait to get into Broadhurst Park. This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Pennine Way. I’m going to mark the occasion by walking the full length of the Pennine Way to raise as much money as possible for FC and Broadhurst Park and hopefully, as well as challenging myself, having a great experience and not getting too lost or falling down any abandoned mine shaft in the process!???
Although Broadhurst Park is now open there is still work to do and money to be raised. Please help Janet help us; every penny raised will be donated to Our Club.
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Thank you for your support.