By this point, the party were well and truly into their stride and putting down a remarkable pace, evidenced by the fact that, on the way to Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, some of the Seaford party had to hop on a bus to catch up with them, only to find when they got off that they were still behind!
“That walk coming into Falmer and then along to the Amex was such a special one,” said Steve, “for me and Tom it felt like we were just flying at that point.
“We were also really grateful to have Loraine, the sister of our late chairman Mathew Major, join us for this part of the walk.
“She was there at the front with us, and chatting to everyone at Seaford, it was remarkable.
“I knew how determined she was to make it to the ground with us, and she did just that, and really did her brother proud that day.”
The Amex Stadium had been reached, but for Steve, there was still one stretch to go, as attention then turned to the home straight, and Culver Road.
Yet the final stint of the walk didn’t start out being the relaxing stroll that he might have had in mind.
“Well for the first time doing the walk I actually had a deadline to meet, in terms of actually arriving at a place on time!”, said Steve.
“We knew we needed to get back to Culver Road before 9am to help with setting up for the last day of the Disability League.
“So, we left the Amex at 3:25am, and so everywhere we went people seemed to be coming out of parties, so we got some interesting comments to say the least!
“But we got through unscathed, and in the end had about 45 minutes in the bank, but of course we still had to get to Culver Road.”
Yet Steve needn't have worried, as he turned the corner just before 9 o’clock to be greeted by a wall of well-wishers cheering him on for the final few steps.
“That was just incredible to see when I arrived,” said Steve, “I really didn’t expect that at all, and so to see everyone and to see that they’d set everything up for the day, meant such a great deal.
“Throughout the walk all the cheering I’d been getting had been from behind, so to be able to see all those people waving their flags and making all that noise for me, just spun my head!
“And then of course it was back in the van to get changed and get set for the day, because the day itself wasn’t about me, it was for the players and teams that had come down.”
Sunday saw the teams and players rewarded for their hard work over the season, with medal and trophy presentations throughout.
In doing so, for Steve, it brought home just why he’d set off on such a massive challenge.
“The moment that nearly broke me was, during the medal presentation, I was in my stride chatting away, and suddenly Fran from Albion in the Community (AITC) shouted out
‘Steve before you go on, we’d all just like to thank you for the walk’.
“And everyone clapped and all I could say was thank you, and it just showed what the football community was all about.
“It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, the football community encompasses everyone, and is just such a beautiful thing to be a part of.”
So far, through his remarkable efforts, Steve has raised over £7,000 to help keep the Sussex Disability Football League running for another season.
“To everyone who’s donated, followed us, supported us, I’d just like to say, from me and everyone at the league, a massive thank you!
“We all want the best for pan disability football in Sussex, and all the likes and shares, and every penny that was donated helps it to grow and flourish.
“So, to everyone who believed in us, thank you!”
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