Monday, 29 June 2015
Here's a photo from the finish line.
That was one tough walk, physically and mentally!
The fundraising page stays open for a little while so please donate to the British Heart Foundation via our JustGiving page http://justgiving.com/2walkto.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Next weekend, 27-28 June, is the 100km Trek from London to Brighton.
We have less than 30 hours to complete the epic walk!
It is all in aid of The British Heart Foundation.
We've opened a Team 2WalkTo sponsorship page at https://www.justgiving.com/2walkto/
Sunday, 24 May 2015
It's all in aid of the British Heart Foundation - and this blog is about the walk, the training and the fundraising.
Walking the North Downs Way
The North Downs Way national trail has featured in a few of our training walks already and we previously reached as far as Guildford in the westerly direction. The final length of the trail is about 10 miles farther west to Farnham. This means we've done all of the North Downs Way between Guildford and Hollingbourne, with the Guildford-Farnham part still to finish in the west, and from Hollingbourne-Dover still to cover in the south east.
24 May 2015
We jumped on a train from London Waterloo to Guildford where we followed the River along the route which will be part of the actual London to Brighton Trek on the 27th June. Where this meets the North Downs Way we turned off the river path and headed in the direction of Farnham.
Danger signs and suspicious objects on MOD land near Aldershot and Farnborough.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
We're doing plenty of long walks at the moment to train for this large undertaking!
Here is one to share with you.
If you enjoy walking, this walk is a stunning route through the West Sussex countryside. We did it in May, when the bluebells were out. The walk crosses the appropriately-named Bluebell Railway (a preserved steam railway) a couple of times.
It's a circular walk so it can be started anywhere and you could shorten it if 23 miles is to your taste (if you're not in training for a trek!). We started in the village of West Hoathly, which is not far from the M23 Crawley/Gatwick.
Setting off from West Hoathly, we walked clockwise towards East Grinstead, then followed a straight trailway to Forest Row, before heading south and west to Horsted Keynes, then back round to the start point at West Hoathly.
For the walkers out there, click the map below to view the track we created using Viewranger (a GPS tracking app).
Below are some photos from the walk to entice you to go and do it!
Sunday, 1 March 2015
A couple of weeks ago we got back out walking again and began our training for this year's charity walk challenge.
Betchworth to Guildford - Track map and stats | Click to see it on a map.
|Snow topped trees on the North Downs Way|
Saturday, 26 April 2014
We made it!
There was a dramatic finish (more about that in a minute).
Thank you to everyone that has sponsored us and helped us out along the way. The sponsorship page will stay open for the next few months at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/walklandsend
Penzance to Lands End
We made the decision to roll the last two days into one and push onwards to Lands End before the heavy rain and strong wind that was forecast for the next day.
We were also up against the light, as we had to complete before sunset.
It was a 'Challenge Anneka' -style race against the clock, minus the chopper and that 4x4 buggy inside a lorry that she had.
Right up until the last 2 miles the weather was on our side and we made good time. We had an hour to go until it would be dark. But... Then the rain started. The rain really started. And the wind was gusting so fiercely that the rain stung as it hit our faces.
We took a bridleway that was not so near the cliff edge to be on the safe side.
When we finally made it to Lands End we just about managed a bedraggled photo at the Lands End sign post, but we didn't hang around for very long. We ran for cover in the nearby Lands End Hotel bar for a celebratory pint!
We left Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall and walked to Marazion on the south coast. It's about 5 miles coast-to-coast across this thinnest part of Cornwall.
At Marazion we saw St Michael's Mount, tide in, so no chance of hopping across the causeway for a look around.
From a perfect blue sky in the morning on the north coast, by the time we'd reached St Michael's Mount just a couple of hours later the clouds had rolled in and the forecast was looking pretty bad for later on.
We met a lady in Marazion that told us her story about Macmillan helping her when she had a brain tumour 4 years ago. She has just been for a check up with her specialist who said she didn't need another appointment for a year. A great success story. We've heard so many great stories about the charities that we are walking for, and what they mean to so many people.
Please support the excellent work of Macmillan and RMH Bristol by sponsoring our walk here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/walklandsend
When we reached Penzance we made the decision to push onwards to Land's End and combine the two last days into one. We'd always factored in flexibility with the days in case of delays, bad weather, or any other problems, but so far we were on track and on good form so we thought we would be able to make the last 9 miles before the weather closed in on us and before it got dark.
Did we make it? Was it possible? Find out in the next installment of the blog!
Here are a few photos from the Hayle - Penzance walk: