FIVE bus drivers from Swindon will be walking just over 60 miles to raise money for charity.

The walk, the Cotswold Way Challenge, will take them from Bath to Cheltenham, starting on Saturday, June 30. It has been estimated it will take around 30 hours to complete.

The bus drivers taking part are Jon Flitcroft, Megan Sly, John Dyer, David Beard and Amy Howell. They will be among 2,000 people taking part.

Their chosen charities are the British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society, NCPCC, Parkinson’s UK and Mind.

Jon completed his first 63 mile walk last year, from London to Oxford. He said: “I know it sounds insane, but we can’t wait to do this, we spend most of our time sat down and soon we will be active non-stop for two days.

“This is a great way to challenge ourselves and we are all representing different charities, so this means a lot to us.”

He added: “This will be a better route than the one I did last year because with Bath to Cheltenham there will be a lot more hills and the rural aspect will be fantastic to take in.”

The walkers will have check-in points every 10 to 15 miles , there will be constant checking to make sure their safety is monitored, and there will be snack and comfort breaks throughout the route.

They found out about the event from a bus service that runs between Swindon and Oxford - one of the drivers saw a sign advertising the walk pinned on a bus shelter.

They have raised £2,000 by holding fundraisers such as cake sales at the bus station.

Earlier this month they were able to host an event at the dog track at Abbey Stadium in Blunsdon to help reach their individual fundraising targets, with each member of the team racing around the track in fancy dress.

All money raised from ticket sales will go towards their total.

The long-distance event will begin at 7am in Bath at The Crescent and finish in Cheltenham.

It will take two days, starting on Saturday June 30, it has been estimated that it will take around 30 hours to complete.

All of them chose to do a fancy dress run on the track with people dressed up as Scooby Doo, Spiderman and many more costumes.

To help them the organisers of the dog races gave them tickets to sell and allowed them to keep one hundred per cent of the sales.

One of them will also be braving the walk whilst recovering from an injury he sustained after taking a tumble in the fancy dress run.