Ben took on the Wall

Ben Keenan during The Wall challenge
Ben Keenan during The Wall challenge

A businessman who wanted to ‘push’ himself was seven miles off completing an extreme challenge for charity at the weekend.

Ben Keenan, who runs Outlook Home Economics Centre, completed 62 of the 69 miles of The Wall challenge along Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday, in aid of HospiceCare north Northumberland.

Running and walking from Carlisle Castle to Newcastle Quayside in 24 hours was always going to be a challenge for Ben.

And while he didn’t reach his goal, he is planning to ‘smash it’ next year.

“It was hard,” he said. “The distance was the problem, I just ended up slowing down.

“I was doing a good pace for the first 45 miles, but after that my pace effectively halved. We were jogging when it was flat and walking when it was up an incline. But you have to carry so much kit, it would be very hard to run.

“I got to Newburn at around 2am and I just had to finish it. I was absolutely goosed. I didn’t do much training, but thought I would be ok, obviously it wasn’t.

“I’m going to do it again next year and see if some mates will do it with me as well. “If you have people to do it with you, they can help spur you on.

“I’ve done the Chevy Chase before and the Great North Run and I’ve done marathons so I wanted to push myself and this was out of my comfort zone.

“I can’t be beaten by it, I’ve got history with it now so I have to complete it before I do something even harder.”

Ben has already raised around £300 for the charity and is still appealing for sponsors. You can donate at