100-hole golf marathon raises £3,100 for charities

A CHARITY 100-hole golf marathon at Werneth Low Golf Club has raised £3,100.

Professional Jamie Tipper and member John Ashley took part in the gruelling event on Saturday, July 11.

They teed off at 4.30am and five rounds and 10 holes later completed the challenge in 16 hours and 27 minutes.

Jamie Tipper and John Ashley

But it was worth the aches and pains of walking 47 kilometres which equated to 61,000 steps as the money raised will be split between Children with Cancer UK and a repair and future works programme at the golf club.

Jamie, who admitted to still being sore days after completing the challenge, said: “It was adrenalin which helped get us through it because it was as much mental as physical.

“I remember playing two rounds on the course as a kid and that was enough as it is hilly.

“It was tough after two rounds still knowing we 64 holes to play.”

Jamie added he and John overcame a tough time late in the fifth round.

He explained: “We were mentally exhausted and were both complaining as I also had blisters and John a bad back.

“But we said what we were going through was nothing compared to children with cancer.”

The pair each burned 8,000 calories and Jamie admitted it was tough eating as they were constantly on the move.

“We were basically living off nuts and protein bars,” he explained.

It was a spate of vandalism on the Werneth Low course after lockdown restrictions were lifted that prompted Jamie and John to come up with the fundraising idea.

They wanted to raise money for repairs but also wanted their efforts to benefit a worthwhile cause.

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