Chris Joynt and Dave Lyon have swapped their rugby boots

13th June 2005

Former St Helens captain Chris Joynt and England Academy Coach Dave Lyon have swapped their rugby boots for hiking shoes in aid of Christie’s Cancer Hospital.

Chris, who retired from playing last season, is preparing to undertake a gruelling charity walk over the full 268-mile stretch of the Pennine Way alongside former St Helens, Warrington and Widnes full back David Lyon and their friend Keith Smith.

The walk is being staged in memory of David’s father, Geoff Lyon, who played second row for Wigan in over 300 games in the 1960s and  the British Lion still holds a position in the club’s top-twenty all-time list of appearances.

Geoff, who also coached at junior level at St Helens, Wigan and Great Britain  Colts sadly passed away last November following a three-and-a-half year battle against cancer.

The trio will set off on their journey from Edale in the Peak District on June 13 and will finish up 17 days later at Kirk Yetholme in the Scottish Cheviots.

Apart from support from family and friends, many local companies have also offered their support, including Jackson Lloyd, Arriva, Gillette, Asda, Kooga and JJB.

Chris said: “We will be walking roughly 18 miles each day, stopping at bed and breakfasts on the way.

“We’ve done a little bit of training walking over 31 miles for a Mayor’s Charity from Oldham to Wigan and doing a bit up and around Rivington Pike near Bolton.

“David is my best mate and we had always said we would do something on Geoff’s behalf to recognise the quality of the care he received from Christie’s Hospital in Manchester, which was second to none.

“Christies are a wonderful organisation and the work they do is tremendous. Everybody knows someone who has been touched by this terrible disease, cancer, and donors can rest assured that all funds raised will go to this wonderful cause.”

Wigan Company Jackson Lloyd are the main sponsors of the walk and they have set up a free phone number for anyone wishing to make a donation to the ‘Christie’s against Cancer’ fund.

The number is 0800 093 0740 and it will be available from Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 5.00, and any donations will be gratefully received.

For more details please contact:David Lyon on 07793 184613