It's tough as Boyce trek hits Cumbria
It is a sobering thought for Matthew Boyce that, as he hits Cumbria, he is just a third of the way through his charity walk from John O'Groats to Land's End.
He is relishing the challenge, though, as he continues the task of raising money for mental health charity Mind and the Professional Cricketers' Association benevolent fund.
Some early pain in his heel has disappeared – only to be replaced by a degree of discomfort elsewhere.
"My back has become quite sore," he said. "At the start of the walk, I had my dad with me with a camper van.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"But after he went, I had to take all my stuff with me in a rucksack and I'm just not used to carrying that sort of weight."
Since crossing the border from Scotland into England, the terrain has been proving more demanding, too.
"Crossing over the border gave me a real sense of achievement," said the County batsman.
"The only problem was that I was greeted by the Pennine Way. After four days in England, I was crying out to go back to Scotland!
"I had been walking along canal paths and local roads so it was quite flat.
"But walking on the Pennine Way is tough. It is so boggy in places that you are up to your knees in it."
He added: "Most places are manageable but you do accept that you are going to get very wet and there is nothing you can do about it."
If that paints a bleak picture, Boyce's outlook remains a cheerful one.
He was joined for three days' walking by his girlfriend, Rose, and Foxes team-mate Alex Wyatt is also about to team up with him for a five-day stint.
"There are some serious challenges coming up on the Pennine Way but, once I am through them, I think it will be fine – though I am having to start earlier in the day with the nights now starting to draw in," said Boyce.
"On the whole, I am enjoying the challenge," he added. "Each day is throwing up new challenges to tackle."
Details of Boyce's venture, and how to support him, can be found at: