Over the weekend, I completed my big walk along the Thames Path in support of the Deaf health charity, SignHealth: 60 Miles from Putney to Henley in 23 hours and 43 minutes.
The ‘Thames Path Challenge’ began on Saturday morning with 6,000 people competing in the Quarter, Half and Full distance events. At the Runnymede halfway checkpoint on Saturday evening (just as it was getting dark), it became clear that only a handful of the more foolhardy types were actually aiming for the full 60-mile challenge . . .
Undeterred, I re-taped my feet, put on fresh socks, ate an iced donut, switched on my head-torch and carried on. Fortunately, conditions were perfect through the night – Warm enough for a t-shirt and with only occasional rain showers. I passed through Windsor, bumping into late night revellers as the pubs emptied and was still going strong into the early hours.
The dip came between 4.00am and 5.30am. It was proving to be a long time on my feet without sleep and I slowed a little. Fortunately, the early rays of first-light on Sunday pepped me up and gave me fresh determination to complete the 60-miles within my self-imposed target of 24 hours. So, I started to stride out and kept on checking my time / distance calculations to make sure that I’d finish within my target time. As I trotted along the length of the Henley Regatta route, it felt just a bit too tight for comfort and at Henley Bridge I broke into a canter and then almost a full gallop, which I found difficult to stop . . . until I crossed the finishing line with a full 17 minutes to spare!
Thank you to everyone that has donated to SignHealth already. With your tremendous support we’ve already raised over half of my £1,500 target. This is very much appreciated and will be a great help to a very deserving charity of which I’m proud to be a Trustee. 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: