“Bionic Man” Martin to take on Peakland Way


Buxton man Martin Thomas is to take on a trekking challenge this summer – in aid of Crossroads Derbyshire.

Martin, 71, has overcome arthritis and other health problems in the past five years, and now has two new knees, one new hip, a triple by-pass and a heart valve replacement. Now describing himself as “The Bionic Man”, he has decided that it’s time to put all this new equipment to the test!

Martin plans to tackle the 100-mile-long Peakland Way – a circular route that starts in Ashbourne and then takes in Dovedale, Manifold Valley, Longnor, Blackwell, Peak Forest, Kinder Scout, Snake Pass, Hathersage, Stanage, Chatsworth, Rowsley, Birchover and back to Ashbourne. He hopes to complete the walk in the middle two weeks of August.

Martin will be raising funds for Crossroads Derbyshire (formerly High Peak Women’s Aid). The Glossop-based charity covers the whole of the High Peak, and works with over 500 families each year who are escaping domestic abuse. To find out more about the charity, or if you have any concerns about abuse in the home, you can visit www.crossroadsderbyshire.org

Martin is a trustee of Crossroads Derbyshire. Semi-retired, he still does some teaching for Manchester University and has co-authored several books about domestic violence. Martin has lived in Buxton for over 25 years and is an active member of the local Amnesty International group and one of the organisers of Buxton Film.

To sponsor Martin, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Martin-Thomas11