THERE may be 31 days in March but this year there are 31 miles too.

To raise both  awareness and vital funds for the Alice Cross Centre in Teignmouth the centre has put out the challenge for people to walk a mile day throughout March.

The inaugural first mile last week saw a  hardy group of walker brave the brisk March winds and head out on a route along the town’s seafront.

‘It was a fantastic turnout for a very chilly mile along the seafront,’ said Alice Cross Centre general manager Jackie O’Brien. 

‘We decided to focus on walking walking as it’s so good for both physical and mental  health and a mile a day is something  everything can achieve.

‘We’re meeting at Teignmouth  Pier each Wednesday at 2pm for an informal mile stroll and if anyone wants to join us they will be made more than welcome.’

Leading the walkers off last Wednesday was former Teignmouth postie 88-year old Eric Crocker  - no stranger himself  to pounding the miles around the town.

‘I may have retired from the post office over 30 years ago but I still get out and enjoy  a walk each day,’ said the sprightly octogenarian. “There’s not many paths I haven’t trod around here!’

There’s still time to join in with the challenge and a fundraising pack is available from