You might remember that I’m aiming to walk 60 miles in under 24 hours along the Thames Path over 8th–9th September in support of the Deaf health charity, SignHealth.
With less than a month to go, here’s a quick update on my training and fundraising for this pretty tough challenge.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve increased the tempo of my training and got to a point where I needed to crack a ‘big’ walk over two days. So, over the weekend, I walked the 50 miles from Cambridge to King’s Lynn, following the course of the two rivers Cam and Ouse through the mysterious and magical Fens of East Anglia.
Unlike my continuous 60-mile Thames Challenge next month, I broke the walk into two equal sections, enjoying an evening meal at a remote Fenland pub and then spending the night in my old army bivi-bag in the corner of a field (“…. ridiculous behaviour for a man of your age”, I hear you say) in-between the two days of walking.
. . . I’m pleased to report that it all went well.
Despite the distance, I managed to enjoy the sheer sense of space, vast skies and tranquillity of the Fenland route and just kept on walking. Even a first day of heavy rain didn’t dampen my spirits (but did have me stopping to wring out my socks) as I walked through miles of un-kept footpaths, overgrown with bulrushes and reed. You’ll appreciate that one of the most satisfying aspects of the weekend was being able to dry out on the train back home from King’s Lynn following, in reverse, much of my 50-mile route from the two days’ walk.
With just a few weeks to go, I’m looking forward to keeping up my training in preparation for my daunting, non-stop 60-mile challenge in September and, hopefully, reaching my target of raising £1,500 for SignHealth, a very deserving charity of which I’m proud to be a Trustee.
Thank you to everyone that has donated already. With your support, I’ve now raised almost one third of my target and it’s very much appreciated.
If you feel able to do so, you can still donate via my JustGiving page, which is simple, fast, totally secure and sees the money going straight to SignHealth: